TASTE MAKER /
Joshua Rodgers, Executive Chef
Smyth at the Iron Horse Hotel
What type of food can diners expect from Smyth?
At Smyth, we cook approachable, modern-American cuisine. We make
many of our products in house, such as our goats milk yogurt, pastas
and ricotta cheese, and we locally source all of our seasonal
ingredients. While our cooking techniques are complex, it’s very
important to us that each ingredient is able to shine and is not
masked by overly complicated flavors. In our kitchen, simplicity is
Do you have a signature dish or favorite dish you enjoy
I always love to push the boundaries with food and create
out-of-the-box dishes that diners won’t find at other restaurants.
One of my favorite dishes we’ve created for the Smyth menu is the
board. The seafood selection for this dish is ever-changing, but we
always offer a seafood paté, a smoked fish and a cured fish —
similar to the elements of a traditional charcuterie board.
What is the most fun experience you’ve had at the Iron
The Iron Horse Hotel offers a farmers market dinner package. For
this package, my culinary team and I bring guests to local markets,
where they get to pick out the fresh ingredients that will be used
for their four-course dinner that evening at Smyth. The guests truly
get to learn about Milwaukee’s finest produce, cheeses and
spices and see how we use those local ingredients to create an
extraordinary meal and a memorable experience.