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Nola BBQ shrimp, black­ened cat­fish po’ boys and chicken-fried chicken with tasso gravy sealed No. 1

Maxie’s vic­tory yet again.

(6732 W. Fairview Ave.,


2. Craw­daddy’s (9427 W. Green­field Ave., craw­dad­

3. The Brass Al­ley (1023 N. Old World Third St.,



Em­peror of China has held its royal sta­tus for an­other year. Loy­al­ists like the egg drop soup, lo mein and moo shu chicken. Some din­ers ad­vise ask­ing for the tra­di­tional Chi­nese menu, which lists less pedes­trian things like sauteed bok choy and salt and pep­per shrimp.

(1010 E. Brady St., em­per­o­rofchinarestau­

2. Jing’s (207 E. Buffalo St., first floor,

3. Pek­ing House (782 N.

Jef­fer­son St., peking­house­mil­wau­


The Vil­lage of Tosa’s pow­er­house Le Rêve Patis­serie

& Café owns this one, of­fer­ing el­e­gant din­ners of steak au poivre and bouil­l­abaisse. At dif­fer­ent times of day (and they serve break­fast to din­ner Mon-Sat), there is the lure of quiche, duck con­fit crepes, a salade nicoise or bistro burger. The ex­quis­ite case of French pas­tries and desserts is also tempt­ingly set near the en­trance. (7610 Har­wood

Ave., lereve­

2. Lake Park Bistro (3133 E.

New­berry Blvd., lakepark­

3. Pas­tiche Bistro & Wine

Bar (Ho­tel Metro, 411 E. Ma­son St., 4313 W. River Lane Rd., pas­


The ma­jor change to this cat­e­gory is the ab­sence of the late Karl Ratzsch, which bat­tled Mader’s for dom­i­nance in ev­ery sur­vey. Now it’s up to the 115-year-old Old World Third Street restau­rant to carry the Teu­tonic torch with its pork shank washed down with a boot of Spaten beer. Read­ers also call out Mader’s Ger­man sam­pler of Wiener schnitzel, sauer­braten, kas­seler rip­pchen (cured pork) with dumpling, sauer­kraut and red cab­bage.

(1041 N. Old World Third St.,


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