Your picks for the cream of Cream City din­ing

Milwaukee Magazine - - Content - COMPILED BY ANN CHRISTENSON

Our read­ers said what? Our an­nual din­ing sur­vey is at its re­veal­ing best. You’ll want to

know the re­sults!

Ladies and gentle­men, the re­sults are in and the veil lifted! In our an­nual on­line sur­vey of area food and drink, we tasked you with choos­ing the cream of the crop in 36 cat­e­gories. Daunt­ing? De­li­cious? And then some! In the quest for the best, there are al­ways sur­prises. For ex­am­ple, who took the cov­eted tro­phy for Best New Re­tau­rant? Dig into our story to find out! We’ve got the top-three win­ners in each cat­e­gory.

Also: a round of fist pumps to the win­ners of our ran­dom draw­ing. Con­grats to Gio­vanni Lewin­ski, Rick Katschke and Mary T. All­mon, who took home gift cards to Pizza Man, Sendik’s and Quintessa, re­spec­tively.


The cook­ing prow­ess of two chefs named Dan (Van Rite and Ja­cobs) and their rogue take on Chi­nese cui­sine (schmaltz fried rice, mung bean-kim­chee pan­cake) pro­pelled the Third Ward’s Dan­dan to the crown here (360 E. Erie

St., dan­dan­ On its heels is Tre Ri­vali at the Kimp­ton Jour­ney­man Ho­tel (200 N. Broad­way,


pow­ered by the one-two punch of “in­gre­di­ent-driven” Mediter­ranean flair and its ex­ec­u­tive chef – for­mer “Top Chef” con­tes­tant Heather Ter­hune. Third place goes to, well, Third Coast Pro­vi­sions (724 N.

Mil­wau­kee St., third­coast­pro­vi­, which makes good on its prom­ise of mod­ern, de­li­cious seafood preps in an el­e­gant set­ting.


Ta-da! Lake Park Bistro

(3133 E. New­berry Blvd.,


Sec­ond Place: Odd Duck

(2352 S. Kin­nick­in­nic Ave.,


Third place: Story Hill

BKC (5100 W. Blue­mound

Rd., sto­ry­hill­


This cat­e­gory’s re­sults mir­ror 2016, a nod to the con­sis­tency of The Orig­i­nal Pan­cake House (2621 N. Downer Ave., 16460 W. Blue­mound Rd., Brook­field; orig­i­nal­pan­cake­house. com), AJ Bombers (1247 N. Wa­ter St.; 11340 W. Burleigh St., Wauwatosa, and Or­gan

Piper Pizze­ria (4353 S. 108th St., Green­field,



Prov­ing that height is a pos­i­tive at­tribute for a pa­tio, two of our top vote-get­ters have rooftop spa­ces and Third Ward lo­ca­tions – num­ber-one Cafe

Benelux (346 N. Broad­way, and

num­ber-three The Out­sider at the Kimp­ton Jour­ney­man Ho­tel (310 E. Chicago St., ninth floor, jour­ney­man­ho­ Num­ber-two

Bar­na­cle Bud’s (1955 S.

Hil­bert St., bar­na­cle-buds.

com) has been in the top three for years, ow­ing to its pic­nic-like Bay View oa­sis that feels like you’re an hour from Down­town, not five min­utes’ drive.

“It’s al­most al­ways packed,” which is “part of what makes Cafe Benelux

[No. 1 for Out­door Din­ing]

so fun. It re­ally does take me back to that one amaz­ing trip to Bruges.”

– Lora Kael­ber

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