RESTAU­RANTS

A SE­LECT LIST OF MIL­WAU­KEE’S BEST DIN­ING ES­TAB­LISH­MENTS.

Milwaukee Magazine - - Dining - BY ANN CHRISTENSON

BY NEIGH­BOR­HOOD

DOWN­TOWN/THIRD WARD/CEN­TRAL AJ Bombers Alem Ethiopian Vil­lage Amilinda Bac­chus

● ● ● ● Bavette La Boucherie Buck­ley’s Restau­rant and

● Bar Carnevor Co­quette Cafe County Clare

● ● ● ● Dan­dan Restau­rant Doc’s Com­merce Smoke­house

Dream Dance Steak Elsa’s on the Park Har­bor

● ● ● House Hin­ter­land Erie Street Gas­tropub Jing’s

● ● Chi­nese Restau­rant Kil@wat (Intercontinental

● Mil­wau­kee Ho­tel) Ma­son Street Grill Mer­ri­ment

● ● So­cial Mil­wau­kee Art Mu­seum’s Cafe Cala­trava

● ● Mil­wau­kee Chop­house Pas­tiche Bistro & Wine Bar

Pek­ing House Stella Van Buren (Westin Ho­tel)

● ● ● Third Coast Pro­vi­sions Tre Ri­vali Xankia Zar­letti

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EAST SIDE/RIVER­WEST/BREWERS HILL Ar­dent

● Asian Fu­sion Balzac Wine Bar Beans & Bar­ley

● ● Beer­line Cafe Café Co­razón Café at the Plaza

● ● ● Carini’s La Conca d’Oro Casablanca Mid­dle

● ● Eastern Restau­rant Centro Cafe Comet Cafe

● ● ● Com­pany Brew­ing Dino’s River­west Easy Tyger

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Ethiopian Cot­tage Restau­rant FreshFin Poké

● ● ● Good City Brew­ing Huan Xi Lake Park Bistro

● ● ● Lisa’s Fine Foods Nes­sun Dorma Pizza Man Red

● ● ● Light Ra­men by Ar­dent Rice ’n Roll Bistro SALA

● ● ● San­ford Restau­rant Sup­per Tess Wolf Peach

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Zaf­firo’s

● NORTH SIDE The Tan­dem SHORE­WOOD/NORTH SHORE Cloud Red Crave

● Cafe Devon Seafood + Steak Kawa Ja­panese

● ● ● North Shore Boulan­gerie Pas­tiche Bistro & Wine

● Bar So­bel­man’s Pub & Grill Solly’s Grille Zar­letti

● ● ● Me­quon

SOUTH CITY (IN­CLUDES BAY VIEW) An­mol Restau­rant Buena Vista Restau­rant and Bar

● ● C-viche Café Co­razón El Sal­vador Restau­rant

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Good­kind Guadala­jara Restau­rant Hello

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Falafel Honeypie Iron Grate BBQ Co. La Casa

● ● ● de Al­berto Lazy Su­san Odd Duck Palomino

● ● ● ● Polonez Ta­que­ria El Cabrito Three Broth­ers Bar

● ● & Restau­rant Triskele’s Van­guard Bar

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S./S.W. SUB­URBS Fu­jiyama Jack­son Grill Ky­oto

● ● Maria’s Pizza Pizza Man

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WALKER’S POINT AP Bar and Kitchen Bodegón

(Ho­tel Madrid) Bowls Restau­rant Braise Restau­rant

● ● Camino c.1880 Crazy Wa­ter Fix­ture Pizza

● ● ● ● Pub Mer­aki La Merenda Morel Movida The

● ● ● ● ● Na­tional Scream­ing Tuna

W. CITY/WAUWATOSA/WEST AL­LIS Blue’s Egg

● Ed­die Mar­tini’s The Fitz (Am­bas­sador Ho­tel) In­dia

● ● Gar­den Irie Zulu Kegel’s Inn Le Rêve Patis­serie

● ● ● & Cafe Mad Rooster Cafe Maxie’s McBob’s Pub

● ● ● & Grill North Av­enue Grill Pizza Man Ris­torante

● ● ● Bar­tolotta So­bel­man’s Pub & Grill Story Hill BKC

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Wy’east Pizza

● OZAUKEE COUNTY Twisted Wil­low WAUKE­SHA COUNTY Bass Bay Brew­house

Café Manna Fu­jiyama I.d. at the De­lafield Ho­tel

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Jake’s Restau­rant Mr. B’s– A Bar­tolotta Steak­house

● ● Mr. Wok Rochester Deli Tofte’s Ta­ble

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BY CUI­SINE

AFRICAN Irie Zulu

AMER­I­CAN Bass Bay Brew­house Bavette La

● Boucherie Benji’s Deli Blue’s Egg Café at the

● ● ● Plaza Camino Comet Cafe Com­pany Brew­ing

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Elsa’s on the Park Good City Brew­ing En­gine

● ● ● Com­pany No. 3 Good­kind Jack­son Grill McBob’s

● ● ● Pub & Grill The Na­tional North Av­enue Grill

● ● ● Palomino Rochester Deli Solly’s Grille Story Hill

● ● ● BKC The Tan­dem Triskele’s

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AMER­I­CAN NOUVEAU Ar­dent Bac­chus Balzac

● ● Wine Bar Bodegón (Ho­tel Madrid) Braise

● ● Restau­rant Buck­ley’s Restau­rant and Bar c.

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1880 Crazy Wa­ter The Fitz (Am­bas­sador Ho­tel)

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Hin­ter­land Erie Street Gas­tropub Honeypie

● ● ● Kil@wat (Intercontinental Mil­wau­kee Ho­tel) Lazy

● Su­san Ma­son Street Grill Mer­aki Mil­wau­kee Art

● ● ● Mu­seum’s Cafe Cala­trava Mer­ri­ment So­cial Morel

● ● San­ford Restau­rant Sup­per Tess Tofte’s Ta­ble

● ● ● ● Tre Ri­vali Twisted Wil­low Wolf Peach

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ASIAN Asian Fu­sion Mr. Wok

BAR Camino Cloud Red McBob’s Pub & Grill

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BBQ Doc’s Com­merce Smoke­house Iron Grate BBQ

● Co. Maxie’s Pitch’s

● ● BREAK­FAST Beans & Bar­ley Benji’s Deli Blue’s

● ● Egg Café at the Plaza En­gine Com­pany No. 3

● ● ● Mad Rooster Cafe Solly’s Grille

BOWLS (POKE, SMOOTHIE, GRAIN) Bowls Restau­rant FreshFin Poké

BURGER AJ Bombers Crave Cafe Elsa’s on the

● ● Park Os­car’s Pub & Grill So­bel­man’s Pub & Grill

● ● ● Solly’s Grille

CAFE North Shore Boulan­gerie

CAJUN/CREOLE Maxie’s

CHI­NESE Dan­dan Restau­rant Huan Xi Jing’s

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Chi­nese Restau­rant Pek­ing House

ETHIOPIAN Alem Ethiopian Vil­lage Ethiopian

● Cot­tage Restau­rant

FRENCH Co­quette Cafe Lake Park Bistro Le

● ● Rêve Patis­serie & Cafe North Shore Boulan­gerie

● ● Pas­tiche Bistro & Wine Bar

GER­MAN Kegel’s Inn

IN­DIAN/PAK­ISTANI An­mol Restau­rant In­dia

Gar­den

IR­ISH/AMER­I­CAN County Clare ITAL­IAN Carini’s La Conca d’Oro Centro Cafe Dino’s

● ● River­west Pitch’s Ris­torante Bar­tolotta SALA

● ● ● ● Stella Van Buren (Westin Ho­tel) Zar­letti Zar­letti

● ● Me­quon JA­MAICAN Irie Zulu JA­PANESE Fu­jiyama Ky­oto Red Light Ra­men by

● ● Ar­dent Rice ’n Roll Bistro Scream­ing Tuna

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MEX­I­CAN Buena Vista Restau­rant and Bar Café

● Co­razón Guadala­jara Restau­rant La Casa de

● ● Al­berto Ta­que­ria El Cabrito

MID­DLE EASTERN Casablanca Mid­dle Eastern Restau­rant Hello Falafel

PERU C-viche

PIZZA Clas­sic Slice Fix­ture Pizza Pub Lisa’s Fine

● ● Foods Maria’s Pizza Pizza Man Wy’east Pizza

● ● ● Zaf­firo’s

POL­ISH Polonez

SALVADORAN El Sal­vador

SAND­WICH Bavette La Boucherie Benji’s Deli

● ● Camino Nes­sun Dorma Rochester Deli

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SAUSAGE Bavette La Boucherie Van­guard Bar

● SEAFOOD Devon Seafood + Steak Har­bor House

● ● Maxie’s Third Coast Pro­vi­sions

SER­BIAN Three Broth­ers Bar & Restau­rant

SPAN­ISH/POR­TUGUESE Amilinda Movida

● STEAK Carnevor Dream Dance Steak Ed­die

● ● Mar­tini’s Jake’s Restau­rant Mil­wau­kee

● ● Chop­house Ma­son Street Grill Mr. B’s– A

● ● Bar­tolotta Steak­house Stella Van Buren (Westin

● Ho­tel) SUPPERCLUB Jack­son Grill Pitch’s Sup­per

● ● TAPAS/SMALL PLATES AP Bar and Kitchen Easy

● Tyger I.d. at the De­lafield Ho­tel Balzac Wine Bar

● ● ● La Merenda Odd Duck

THAI Rice ’n Roll Bistro

VE­GAN Beer­line Cafe Café Manna Comet Cafe

● ● ● Ur­ban Beets Cafe & Juicery

VEG­E­TAR­IAN Beans & Bar­ley Beer­line Cafe

● ● Bowls Restau­rant Cafe Manna Cloud Red Hello

● ● ● Falafel Ur­ban Beets Cafe & Juicery

VIETNAMESE Xankia

BY NAME

AJ 1247bar BOMBERSwhereN. Wa­ter the St., peanuts 414-221-9999.and beer Burg­ers flow A lib­er­ally. cor­ner Order Travel the Chan­nel’s Mil­wau­kee “Food Burger, Wars” which con­test won again­st­the So­bel­man’s in 2010. L D $

ALEM ETHIOPIAN VIL­LAGE

307 E. Wis­con­sin Ave., 414-224-5324. Ethiopian En­trées are served on a wafer-thin, spongy pan­cake made of teff. Here, din­ers are en­cour­aged to eat with their hands. The beef and lamb stews are es­pe­cially good. L D ) $$

AMILINDA

315 E. Wis­con­sin Ave., 414-369-3683. Span­ish/

Por­tuguese The cui­sine is in­spired by chef/ co-owner Gre­gory León’s in­ter­est in the Ibe­rian Penin­sula. Menu changes of­ten and might in­clude rab­bit, pork, beef or fresh fish. D ) $$$

AN­MOL RESTAU­RANT

711 W. Mitchell St., 414-672-7878. Pak­istani/In­dian Pak­istani cui­sine tends to be rich and very fla­vor­ful. An­mol gets that mes­sage. Meat dishes like haleem (shred­ded beef ), mut­ton ka­hari and the tan­doori plat­ters are of note. And do order the but­ter naan. L D $$

AP BAR AND KITCHEN

814 S. Sec­ond St., 414-672-6000. Tapas/Small

Plates Oenophiles open to ex­per­i­ment­ing with small, lesser-known winer­ies will find pours to their lik­ing. The “share­able” menu changes fre­quently. D $$-$$$

AR­DENT

1751 N. Far­well Ave., 414-897-7022. Amer­i­can

Nouveau Chef Justin Carlisle housed this im­pres­sive lit­tle cre­ation in an un­likely, underground space. Sim­ple in­gre­di­ents from Wisco farms are trans­formed. A la carte and tast­ing menus. Lot park­ing avail­able. D ) $$$

ASIAN1609 From­make E. that clay FUSIONNorth bub­ble­pot Ave., casserolesSuitetea! – C, lots 414-273-6688.to chef’sof un­usual, spe­cials Asian fla­vor­ful– dishes egg­plant to in be clay had. pot, Cumin Szechuan­lamb, house-spe­cial­string beansL D and scal­lion BAC­CHUS pancakes are all rec­om­mended. $$$

925 SquareE. Wells lines, St., leather 414-765-1166. booths Amer­i­canand an el­e­gant Nouveau bar de­fine­foie gras, this Strauss Cu­dahy veal Towerand the space, porter­housea sure bet for for

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BASSS79 W15851BAY BREWHOUSEAud Mar Dr., Muskego, 414-377-9449.

Amer­i­canBass Bay) A spe­cial­iz­ing­ca­sual sup­perin com­fort-and-joysclub (over­look­ing like “hang­over­fried cheese burger” curds, and chick­ena fish fry fried served chicken,ev­ery day. Brunch (in­clud­ing chicken and the egg) also highly rec­om­mended. L D Br • ✹ $$

BALZAC WINE BAR

1716 N. Ar­ling­ton Pl., 414-755-0099. Amer­i­can

Nouveau, Small Plates Walker’s Point and Bay View may be known for small plates, but the East Side of­fers this ca­sual, low-lit venue just off Brady Street. Share some fried Brus­sels sprouts, Ko­rean meat­balls or duck na­chos. D l✹ $$

BAVETTE LA BOUCHERIE

330 E. Menomonee St., 414-273-3375. Amer­i­can,

Sausage Third Ward butcher shop-resto that serves house-made char­cu­terie, sausages and so on. The pâtés and sand­wiches should be in your mouth. L D ) $-$$

BEANS & BAR­LEY

1901 E. North Ave., 414-278-7878. Veg­e­tar­ian,

Break­fast Win­dows frame two sides of this util­i­tar­ian din­ing room, al­low­ing light to spill onto the red pat­terned booths. A solid choice for break­fast, the cafe is es­pe­cially friendly to the veg-lov­ing crowd. BL D BR ✹ l $

BEER­LINE CAFE

2076 N. Com­merce St., 414-265-5644. Ve­gan,

Veg­e­tar­ian The eco-friendly din­ing room is of­ten filled with city folk work­ing on their lap­tops. The main food focus here: crepes, cromelettes (crepe-omelets) and panini. Fa­vorite item is the mushroom-bar­ley burger. De­liv­ery avail­able. BL D ✹$

BENJI’S DELI

4156 N. Oak­land Ave., 414-332-7777. Amer­i­can,

Break­fast, Sand­wich This Shore­wood fix­ture spe­cial­izes in corned beef and pas­trami, chicken matzo ball soup, tuna melts and break­fast served all day. Grab a seat at the lunch counter or one of the booths, along with the crowd of reg­u­lars. BL D BR l $

BLUE’S EGG

317 N. 76th St., 414-299-3180. Amer­i­can Lines form early at the host­ess sta­tion on the week­ends. If you don’t mind a back­less stool, the bar is com­fort­able and manned by a team of fast, friendly servers. Ex­ec­u­tive chef Joe Muench of­fers fa­mil­iar ideas pack­aged in un­tra­di­tional ways. Don’t miss the stuffed browns, and the mon­key bread. BL D BR ✹ l $$

BODEGÓN

Ho­tel Madrid, 600 S. Sixth St., 414-488-9146.

Amer­i­can Nouveau Think of this high-end restau­rant and ad­ja­cent bar (Ver­mu­te­ria 600) as re­stored old Cream City brick build­ing meets Ernest Hem­ing­way-es­que hunt­ing lodge. The ser­vice aims to match the ex­pen­sive house dryaged steaks. The steaks are a menu high­light. There’s also a sep­a­rate menu for veg­e­tar­i­ans.

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BOWLS RESTAU­RANT

207 W. Fresh­wa­ter Way, 414-800-5667. Bowls,

Veg­e­tar­ian Sunny din­ing room/open kitchen where the bill of fare comes in a bowl. The menu fea­tures grain-, veg­etable- and smooth­iebased bowls. Highlights: choco­late peanut­but­ter smoothie, fungi bowl, Green God­dess bar­ley bowl. BL D$

BRAISE RESTAU­RANT

1101 S. Sec­ond St., 414-212-8843. Amer­i­can Nouveau Sea­sonal cui­sine in­cor­po­rat­ing lo­cal foods is the mantra of this beau­ti­fully re­stored oc­cu­pant of Walker’s Point’s “Restau­rant Row.” The steamed pork buns are a must. Also of­fers hands-on cook­ing classes. D ✹ $$-$$$

BUCK­LEY’S RESTAU­RANT AND BAR

801 N. Cass St., 414-277-1111. Amer­i­can Nouveau The own­ers trekked the hand­some old bar in­side this cozy spot all the way from Bos­ton. Known for Meat­loaf Mon­day and for a re­lent­lessly sat­is­fy­ing menu by ex­ec­u­tive chef Thi Cao, whose cre­ations in­clude a lob­ster roll to grilled hanger steak. L D BR ✹ ) $$-$$$

BUENA VISTA RESTAU­RANT AND BAR 3447 W. For­est Home Ave., 414-383-3040; 6000 W. Burn­ham St., 414-546-1197. Mex­i­can The small space scores with its home­made sal­sas, tor­tas, tacos and shrimp dishes. It also op­er­ates taco trucks, in­clud­ing one parked near the South Side cor­ner of Chase and Ok­la­homa. BL D $

C.1880

1100 S. First St., 414-431-9271. Amer­i­can Nouveau The name – a nod to the build­ing’s date – in­spired the decor, a riff on a sci­en­tist’s work­shop. That’s a good anal­ogy for the oft-chang­ing plates created by owner/ex­ec­u­tive chef Thomas Hauck. Tast­ing menu avail­able. Wine Spec­ta­tor award win­ner. D

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CAFÉ AT THE PLAZA

1007 N. Cass St., 414-272-0515. Amer­i­can, Break­fast The lunch counter winds around this art deco din­ing room like a Formica ser­pent. Per­fect morn­ing fuel reads like this: hot cof­fee and blue­berry pancakes. B L BR ✹ ) $-$$

CAFÉ CO­RAZÓN 3129 N. Bre­men St., 414-810-3941; 2394 S. Kin­nick­in­nic Ave., 414-544-2774. Mex­i­can Cozy and friendly, even if it’s knee-deep with hun­gry and thirsty pa­trons. Wash down your wet bur­rito or beef tacos (with meat from the fam­ily cat­tle farm) with a po­tent mar­garita. Ex­tra props go to the Co­razón burger. L D BR ✹ )l $-$$

CAFÉ MANNA

3815 N. Brook­field Rd., Brook­field, 262-790-2340.

Veg­e­tar­ian Serves a com­pletely plant-based menu in eco-friendly sur­round­ings. Wines come from or­ganic, sus­tain­able vine­yards. Ve­gan, raw and gluten-free op­tions avail­able. LD ✹ l $$

CAMINO

434 S. Sec­ond St., 414-800-5641. Bar, Amer­i­can,

Sand­wich A friendly, ca­sual lit­tle bar where

the Brus­sels sand­wichessprout grinder)can be quirkyand tasty. (kim­cheese,The Sun­day beer pier­o­gis.bar brunchL D BR $ menu fea­tures 50-cent

CARINI’S3468 Clas­sicsN. Oak­land­likeLA CONCA spie­dini,Ave., D’ORO 414-963-9623.veal Si­cil­iana Ital­ianand rack of piz­zas lamb baked com­binein a with wood the oven re­cent shipped ad­di­tion from of Naples,and the Italy. dessert, The tiramisu.wine cho­sen must$$ be Ital­ian,

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CARNEVOR

718 N. Mil­wau­kee St., 414-223-2200. Steak

SURG-owned, high-tier steak­house is a The splurge ex­pe­ri­ence. The menu of­fers deca­dences such as the Man­gal­itsa ravi­oli, lob­ster mac and cheese, and if you’re re­ally feel­ing spendy, the “re­serve cuts.” D✹ l $$$-$$$$

CASABLANCA

728 E. Brady St., 414-271-6000. Mid­dle Eastern Two lev­els of pul­sat­ing Mid­dle Eastern mu­sic, and the per­fumed fra­grance of hookahs. Hookahs ev­ery­where. If you’re here to eat (not in­hale), order the ap­pe­tizer combo, stuffed falafel and baked lamb. LD ✹ l $$-$$$

CENTRO CAFE

808 E. Cen­ter St., 414-455-3751. Ital­ian The own­ers fur­nished this store­front with a sal­vaged mar­ble-top bar and old church pew seat­ing. The af­ford­able menu of­fers sim­ple pasta, app and pizza prepa­ra­tions. Fa­vorites: pan-fried gnoc­chi, grilled cala­mari and scal­lops, and penne with sal­s­ic­cia. D l $$-$$$

CLAS­SIC SLICE

2797 S. Kin­nick­in­nic Ave., 414-238-2406. Pizza A rad lit­tle pizze­ria for a fill­ing, sat­is­fy­ing slice or whole pie. Build your own or choose from selections like Meatal­lica, I’m Feta Up!!!, and Mil­mac N’ Cheese. Not here for a slice? Get a spicy meat­ball sand­wich. L D ) $

CLOUD RED

4488 N. Oak­land Ave., 414-231-9660. Bar, Veg­e­tar­ian A mod­ern, plant-based take on bar food at the for­mer Shore­wood Vil­lage Pub. The sea­son­ally chang­ing menu is printed on the chalk­board and in­cludes a Vietnamese po’ boy, Thai grilled steak salad and grass-fed burger. Check out the su­per taco deals on Mon­days and Tues­days.

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COMET CAFE

1947 N. Far­well Ave., 414-273-7677. Amer­i­can This is so much more than a restau­rant named af­ter space de­bris. Diner-y eats like meat­loaf with beer gravy and the com­pact turkey din­ner are in­stant pick-me-ups. L B BR ✹ l $

COM­PANY BREW­ING

735 E. Cen­ter St., 414-930-0909. Amer­i­can The re­mod­eled, re­freshed for­mer Stone­fly is back to do­ing what the space was known for – brew­ing beer (try the Pomp & Pam­ple­mousse Im­pe­rial IPA) and serv­ing food. Come for Beer Coin Burger Night (Tues­days). D BR ) $$

CO­QUETTE CAFE

316 N. Mil­wau­kee St., 414-291-2655. French The Third Ward’s sole French resto gets down to tra­di­tion. Coq au vin, croque mon­sieur and trout in brown but­ter sauce are clas­sic choices.

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CRAVE3592 N. CAFE Oak­land Ave., 414-204-8778. Burger

of cheese,the amaz­ingspicy mayo, Ko­rean kim­chi, burger cab­bage (Amer­i­can slaw) Home­and a hand­ful op­tions. of Good, other crisp burger fries, (in­clud­ing­too. Counter-ser­vice.veg­e­tar­ian)

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CRAZY $ WA­TER

839 S. Sec­ond St., 414-645-2606. Amer­i­can

Nouveau The Walker’s Point resto has a rapt au­di­ence that finds noth­ing crazy about the chorizo-stuffed dates, pars­ley-crusted hal­ibut and braised short ribs. D ✹ ) $$$

DEVON SEAFOOD + STEAK

5715 N. Bayshore Dr., Glen­dale, 414-967-9790. Seafood Look­with two first sides.at the Also fresh well-done:fish selections,crab cakes, avail­able fried shrimp$$-$$$ and lob­ster Cobb salad. L D BR • ✹)

DAN­DAN RESTAU­RANT Chefs

117 N. Jef­fer­son St., 414-488-8036. Chi­nese Dan Ja­cobs Van (late Rite of (for­mer­lyOdd Duck)of Hin­ter­land)of­fer their takes and on Dan dumplings,like Pek­ing duck. noo­dles, Asian $$-$$$ pancakes and dishes

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DINO’S RIVER­WEST

808 E. Cham­bers St., 414-562-9171. Ital­ian

third-gen­er­a­tion own­ers of­fer old fam­ily The recipes (the Fri­day fried fish) with new dishes like Ital­ian shrimp and grits. Also good spe­cials such as Thurs­day’s $5 burger. D BR • $$

DOC’S COM­MERCE SMOKE­HOUSE

754 N. Fourth St., 414-935-2029. BBQ New Mil­wau­kee lo­ca­tion of a chain (with two other Mid­west lo­ca­tions) that spe­cial­izes in hick­o­rysmoked meats. Meats in­clude pulled pork, brisket, ribs, chicken and Usinger’s sausage. Re­view to come. L D $$-$$$

DREAM DANCE STEAK

1721 W. Canal St., 414-847-7883. Steak Lo­cated at Potawatomi Casino & Ho­tel. Dine on house­made char­cu­terie, ex­cel­lent steaks, veni­son and fresh fish. D $$-$$$

EASY TYGER

1230 E. Brady St., 414-226-6640. Tapas/Small Plates The plates con­jure up Norway, Korea, Italy, Peru, Ja­maica and other places. Menu changes of­ten but might in­clude pig ear na­chos and steamed buns. L D BR ✹ $-$$

ED­DIE MAR­TINI’S 8612 Water­town Plank Rd., Wauwatosa, 414-7716680. Steak The place for that prime Kobe tom­a­hawk rib-eye you’ve al­ways wanted to try. A solid choice for a filet, NY strip or even ahi tuna and sea scal­lops. LD ✹ l $$$-$$$$

EL SAL­VADOR RESTAU­RANT

2316 S. Sixth St., 414-645-1768. Salvadoran A pu­puse­ria spe­cial­izes in – what else? – pu­pusas, which are corn­meal cakes filled with cheese, pork and more. Ad­di­tional de­lights at this mod­est resto: yucca with pork, lomo saltado (beef ) and chicken with fried onions. L D $

EN­GINE COM­PANY NO. 3

217 W. Na­tional Ave., 414-226-5695. Amer­i­can,

Break­fast The fire sta­tion theme is car­ried through­out the brick/hard­wood venue. Break­fast can be straight­for­ward (eggs and ba­con) or not (pat­a­con con huevo). En­gine Com­pany’s yen for “in­ter­na­tional break­fast” is no sur­prise as its global-tapas-serv­ing si­b­ling is La Merenda. B L BR l $$

ETHIOPIAN COT­TAGE RESTAU­RANT

1824 N. Far­well Ave., 414-224-5226. Ethiopian The em­pha­sis on eat­ing with­out uten­sils draws at­ten­tion to the tex­tures and fla­vors of the meat and veg­e­tar­ian stews served di­rectly on a thin, spongy pan­cake. Pop for the chicken doro wat – a spicy chicken stew with hard-boiled egg. Group of four or more din­ers? Even bet­ter. Bond over beef tibs. L D $$

THE FITZ Am­bas­sador Ho­tel, 2308 W. Wis­con­sin Ave., 414-345-5015. Amer­i­can Nouveau The re­sult of the Am­bas­sador Ho­tel’s 2017 re­brand­ing (in­spired by the “Roar­ing ’20s”) was this June 2017 opener, of­fer­ing scal­lops cor­don bleu, spatch­cocked chicken and lamb chops on the din­ner menu. Re­view pend­ing. BL D Br $$$$$$$

FIX­TURE PIZZA PUB

623 S. Sec­ond St, 414-736-8709. Pizza Thin-crust pizza with a twist: The sauce is ap­plied over the cheese. Spe­cialty and build-to-order piz­zas, plus cala­mari, spaghetti and meat­balls, chicken parm, Ital­ian beef and more. Deep-dish pizza also avail­able. L D $$

FRESHFIN POKÉ

1806 E. North Ave., 414-239-8677. Bowls Sunny counter-ser­vice resto spe­cial­iz­ing in sig­na­ture and build-your-own rice/veg­gie bowls, with sal­mon, ahi tuna, shrimp, chicken and ve­gan op­tions. L D $-$$

FU­JIYAMA 17395D W. Blue­mound Rd., Brook­field, 262-7961977; and 2916 S. 108th St., West Al­lis, 414-755-1977.

Ja­panese The siz­able Ja­panese menu is at once kind to lovers of raw fish and the the­atri­cal hi­bachi. Spring for tem­pura (veg­gie and/or shrimp), sushi and sashimi, spe­cial maki rolls and any ap­pe­tizer from the sushi bar. LD l

$$-$$$

GOOD CITY BREW­ING

2108 N. Far­well Ave., 414-539-4343. Amer­i­can The bright, airy craft brew­ery is as con­scious of the food it serves as of the beer it makes. The chef’s mantra that din­ers want to eat well is in full force here, with op­tions such as bar­ra­mundi and Malaysian curry. LD ✹ $$-$$$

GOOD­KIND

2457 S. Went­worth Ave., 414-763-4706. Amer­i­can The epit­ome of down-to-earth Bay View warmth. Well-cho­sen wines and craft beers and well-bal­anced cock­tails. The sea­sons dic­tate the menu to a cer­tain de­gree, but you can count on the fab­u­lous meats cooked on the French ro­tis­serie. D BR ✹ )l $$-$$$

HAR­BOR HOUSE

550 N. Har­bor Dr., 414-395-4900. Seafood Like sit­ting in an up­scale fish house in New Eng­land – that’s the intention. Win­dows on three sides present an im­pec­ca­ble view of Lake Michi­gan. Serves a stel­lar buf­fet-style Sun­day brunch. The

oys­ter bar $$$-$$$$and caviar ser­vice are highlights. L D

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HELLO FALAFEL

2301 S. How­ell Ave., 414-509-5924. Mid­dle Eastern,

Veg­e­tar­ian Be­sides of­fer­ing home­made falafel, this low-key Bay View joint makes fresh-squeezed juices and good sal­ads (quinoa tab­bouleh) and sides (charred hal­loumi cheese, fried cau­li­flower). Counter-ser­vice. L

D l $

HIN­TER­LAND ERIE STREET GAS­TROPUB

222 E. Erie St., 414-727-9300. Amer­i­can Nouveau The menu veers be­tween el­e­gant (pan-seared duck) and ca­sual (burger) and of­fers great week­night bar spe­cials like $5 pho (Mon­days) and $3 tacos (Tues­days). D ✹ ) $$$-$$$$

HONEYPIE

2643 S. Kin­nick­in­nic Ave., 414-489-7437. Amer­i­can

Nouveau Think about dessert first. The pies (honeypie to ba­nana cream), cup­cakes and other sweets are all made in-house. Take a seat in a booth un­der pho­tos of some­body’s rel­a­tives and have a pasty, mac and cheese or a Wis­con­sin grass-fed beef burger. Now back to that other topic – pies. BL D BR l ✹ $$

HUAN XI

2428 N. Mur­ray Ave., 262-732-5329. Chi­nese The restau­rant of­fers typ­i­cal Hu­nan, Can­tonese and Szechuan dishes. An ex­pan­sion in 2016 turned Huan Xi into a hot pot restau­rant, where you cook your meal at your ta­ble. L D $$-$$$

IN­DIA GAR­DEN

2930 N. 117th St., Wauwatosa, 414-235-9220. In­dian A cozy fire­place and spa­cious booths com­bine with a huge menu of North and South In­dian dishes. Of note: but­ter chicken, masala dosa, goat curry and the many types of naan. L D $$

IRIE ZULU

7237 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa, 414-509-6014.

African, Ja­maican The menus at this friendly, vi­brant lit­tle restau­rant high­light the cuisines of var­i­ous African coun­tries, as well as of the is­land coun­try of Ja­maica. Highlights: peanut but­ter stew, ox­tail stew, jerk chicken. L D ) $$

IRON GRATE BBQ CO.

4125 S. How­ell Ave., 414-455-1776. BBQ Chef/owner Aaron Patin moved his busi­ness spe­cial­iz­ing in wood-smoked meats to a new lo­ca­tion in sum­mer 2017. His focus re­mains on meats, in­clud­ing the great Mil­wau­kee Rib. Grits and mac and cheese are among the sides. Ad­di­tions to the menu are in the works, as of this writ­ing.

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JACK­SON GRILL

3736 W. Mitchell St., 414-384-7384. Amer­i­can

Sup­per Club The low-key sup­per club in­dulges Mil­wau­keeans’ love of large por­tions. Loosen your belt and dig into the rib-eye or spicy pur­ga­tory shrimp. D✹ l $$-$$$

JAKE’S RESTAU­RANT

21445 W. Gu­mina Rd., Pe­wau­kee, 262-781-7995.

Steak A Wauke­sha County in­sti­tu­tion of­fer­ing clas­sics like Jake’s filet mignon and Wis­con­sin Maple Leaf Farms roasted duck. D $$$$

JING’S CHI­NESE RESTAU­RANT

207 E. Buffalo St., 414-271-7788. Chi­nese Its Mar­shall build­ing digs don’t of­fer street vis­i­bil­ity, but en­sure a cozy, in-the-know space. Count on sta­ples of Chi­nese-Amer­i­can cui­sine.

If you’re look­ing for more au­then­tic dishes, ask for the “other menu.” L D $$

KAWA JA­PANESE RESTAU­RANT

325 W. Sil­ver Spring Dr., 414-249-5750. Ja­panese Once an Eastern-Euro­pean diner (and bagel shop), this North Shore ad­dress is all about fish. Sashimi, nori rolls, shrimp tem­pura, fried soft­shell crab, etc. The hot and cold ap­pe­tizer menu is a par­tic­u­larly good value. L D $$

KEGEL’S INN

5901 W. Na­tional Ave., 414-257-9999. Ger­man Wash down a plate of hearty pork shanks or wiener schnitzel with one of the bar’s nine Ger­man tap beers. With a his­tory dat­ing to the 1920s, this in­sti­tu­tion is also known for its fish fry (wall­eye, bluegill, lake perch). LD $$-$$$

KIL@WAT

139 E. Kil­bourn Ave., 414-291-4793. Amer­i­can

Nouveau The best ta­ble at this sixth-floor restau­rant (in­side the Intercontinental Ho­tel) has a large win­dow with views of the busy in­ter­sec­tion of Kil­bourn and Wa­ter. Order the Big Boy burger as an ap­pe­tizer, then sink into the beer-braised short ribs. L D BR ✹ $$$

KY­OTO

7453 W. Lay­ton Ave., 414-325-1000. Ja­panese Of­ten packed with din­ers jonesing for un­agi bowls and udon noo­dles. Fresh sushi is the main draw to this Green­field strip mall. L D $-$$$

LA CASA DE AL­BERTO

624 W. Na­tional Ave., 414-643-5715. Mex­i­can Small, cozy space opened by some ex­pat ex­ploy­ees of Cone­jito’s Place. The guac, tacos and chiles rel­lenos are stars of the show. L D $-$$

LA MERENDA

125 E. Na­tional Ave., 414-389-0125. Tapas/Small

Plates The global menu at Peter San­droni’s Walker’s Point haunt highlights In­dia to Italy, Ar­gentina to Morocco. Choices come and go; if you find em­panadas, pump­kin ravi­oli and Ar­gen­tinian beef, go with them. LD ) ✹ $-$$

LAKE PARK BISTRO

3133 E. New­berry Blvd., 414-962-6300. French Bar­tolotta-owned and set in his­toric Lake Park Pav­il­ion, LPB has the dec­o­ra­tive el­e­ments of a French farm­house. Try: steak tartare, Dover sole and choco­late gateau. L D BR l $$$-$$$$

LAZY SU­SAN

2378 S. How­ell Ave., 414-988-7086. Amer­i­can

Nouveau Owner A.J. Dixon’s mantra is eclec­tic, share­able small plates (and her restau­rant’s de­sign mo­tif in­cludes Lazy Su­sans). Menus have in­cluded pan-seared skate wing and Brazil­ian steak frites. Three cheers for the Wed­nes­day night Din­ner for Two prix fixe menu. D BR $-$$$

LE RÊVE PATIS­SERIE & CAFE

7610 Har­wood Ave., Wauwatosa, 414-778-3333.

French Break­fast is sim­ple counter-ser­vice fare like quiche and crois­sant sand­wiches. Solve your lunch dilemma with a croque-madame. Come din­ner, hit up the bouil­l­abaisse, grilled lamb or steak au poivre. Fin­ish with pas­tries – lots of them. BL D ✹ l) $$$

LISA’S FINE FOODS

2961 N. Oak­land Ave., 414-332-6360. Pizza An East Side/UW-Mil­wau­kee-area in­sti­tu­tion for good thin-crust piz­zas (12- to 16-inch) – crispy crust,

with sauce. a Thick-crust­sub­stan­tial ap­pli­ca­tion­pizza avail­able,of sweet­too. D tomato$-$$

MAD4401 Huge W. ROOSTER­menu Green­fieldof sweet­CAFE Ave., and 414-231-9120.sa­vory, from Break­fast cin­na­mon French Bene­dict. toast Prop­sto break­fastgo to their burger home­made­and eggs Greek yo­gurt,(e.g., goat break­fastcheese baby tacos reds).and sig­na­tureB L $-$$ pota­toes

MARIA’S PIZZA

5025 W. For­est Home Ave., 414-543-4606. Pizza

of the city’s most sin­gu­lar restau­rants and the One home of won­der­ful amoeba-shaped piz­zas, for dine-in or car­ry­out. The in­te­rior is dec­o­rated with re­li­gious and hol­i­day fin­ery. No liquor li­cense. D $$

MA­SON STREET GRILL

425 E. Ma­son St., 414-298-3131. Amer­i­can Nouveau

Steak The best seat in the house is at the kitchen counter, where you can watch the chefs make your crab cakes and NY strip. The bar

of­fers live mu­sic and a nifty sep­a­rate menu. L D

✹ ) $$-$$$$

MAXIE’S

6732 W. Fairview Ave., 414-292-3969. Cajun/Creole,

Seafood, BBQ While the decor con­jures up a pseudo-bordello, the cui­sine takes off in var­i­ous di­rec­tions: BBQ (re­ally fine beef brisket), raw oys­ters from the coasts, Louisiana jam­bal­aya, and “low coun­try” South Carolina spe­cial­ties like frog­more stew. Dl ✹ $$-$$$

MCBOB’S PUB & GRILL

4919 W. North Ave., 414-871-5050. Bar, Amer­i­can It’s hard to beat the Reuben served at this hard­work­ing, no-frills bar. McBob’s even does a corned beef-stuffed meat­loaf. BL D BR $-$$

MER­AKI

939 S. Sec­ond St., 414-897-7230. Amer­i­can

Nouveau The in­trigu­ing Vic­to­rian “steam­punk”-de­signed in­te­rior of­fers seat­ing at high-backed leather booths and a counter fac­ing the open kitchen. The menu changes sea­son­ally and can in­clude a seafood pan­cake or smoked pork shoul­der with sweet po­tato but­ter­milk bis­cuits. L D $$-$$$

MER­RI­MENT SO­CIAL

240 E. Pitts­burgh Ave., 414-645-0240. Amer­i­can

Nouveau The old ware­house space’s garage doors make this an open-air venue in sum­mer. A “dim sum” cart of­fers dumplings, which sup­ple­ment the small- and large-plate menu. Serves an ex­cep­tional burger. D BR ✹ ) $$

MIL­WAU­KEE ART MU­SEUM’S CAFÉ CALA­TRAVA

700 N. Art Mu­seum Dr., 414-224-3831. Amer­i­can

Nouveau You’d ex­pect a resto at the Quadracci Pav­il­ion to be bright, mod­ern and anti-cafe­te­ria. En­trées are in­spired by fea­ture ex­hi­bi­tions. L

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MIL­WAU­KEE CHOP­HOUSE

633 N. Fifth St., 414-226-2467. Steak The wedge salad, twice-baked po­tato and NY strip are served in a suit­coat-ap­pro­pri­ate room full of dark wood and leather fur­ni­ture, and manned (and wom­aned) by wait­staff who scrape the crumbs off the ta­ble. D $$$-$$$$

MR. WOK Sil­ver­nail Plaza, 2128 Sil­ver­nail Rd., Pe­wau­kee, 262521-9780. Asian Be­hind the ve­neer of Chi­nese food is a solid foun­da­tion of Pan-Asian dishes,

and curry they chicken,are good. mee Best goren­gof the (noo­dles) bunch: and Malyasian ren­dang chicken. L D $$

MOREL

430 S. Sec­ond St., 414-897-0747. Amer­i­can

Nouveau You’ll find morel mush­rooms on oc­ca­sion. And lots of rich preps of duck, lamb, beef and fish. If you don’t mind a lit­tle heat, the few seats at the kitchen counter (in view of the chefs) are the most en­ter­tain­ing spots in the house. D ✹ ) $$$

MOVIDA

524 S. Sec­ond St., 414-224-5300. Tapas/Small Plates The in­te­rior says “re­claimed old Mil­wau­kee store­front.” Weekly live fla­menco gui­tar, and flow­ing gin and ton­ics, say “Madrid.” Pair them with cro­que­tas (frit­ters) and tostas (open-faced sand­wiches). D BR $-$$

THE NA­TIONAL

839 W. Na­tional Ave., 414-431-6551. Amer­i­can Some­times a pan of bis­cuits or brown­ies will be cool­ing on the lunch counter when you stop in for a turkey club or a bowl of tonkotsu ra­men. The charming counter-ser­vice cafe also serves a su­per break­fast, op­tions in­clud­ing a stuffed av­o­cado and break­fast rice bowl. BL ✹$

NES­SUN DORMA

2778 N. Weil St., 414-264-8466. Sand­wich A River­west sta­ple for a toasty-good panino (for­mag­gio, Puc­cini), or some­thing from their tiny chalk­board of spe­cials. Share the ci­c­cio ap­pe­tizer (a del­ish plate of Ital­ian meats, cheeses, olives and grilled bread) with a friend and you may be set for the night! D ✹$

NORTH AV­ENUE GRILL

7225 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa, 414-453-7225.

Amer­i­can On the busy stretch of North Av­enue in Tosa, this ca­sual diner packs ’em in for week­end break­fast. Menu highlights in­clude house­made corned beef hash, break­fast skil­lets, burger and Cuban sand­wich. BL D ✹ $

NORTH SHORE BOULAN­GERIE

4401 N. Oak­land Ave., 414-963-2153. Cafe, French The French bak­ery, co-owned by a grad­u­ate of Chicago’s The French Pas­try In­sti­tute, pro­duces won­der­ful crois­sants and breads. Lentil soup, salade nicoise and croque mon­sieur round out the lunch menu. B L Br $

ODD DUCK

2352 S. Kin­nick­in­nic Ave., 414-763-5881. Tapas/

Small Plates The menu is di­verse, most def­i­nitely not odd. Bein’ in­ven­tive might be the pre­req­ui­site for work­ing here. Small plates are sep­a­rated un­der “An­i­mal” and “Veg­etable.” D

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OS­CAR’S PUB & GRILL

1712 W. Pierce St., 414-810-1820. Burg­ers The bar fo­cuses on more or less one thing: burg­ers. Bring your vo­ra­cious ap­petite for the Big O with a side of sweet po­tato fries. LD ✹ l$

PALOMINO

2491 S. Su­pe­rior St., 414-747-1007. Amer­i­can “Cold beer, hot whiskey” is part of the slo­gan for this Bay View bar, nes­tled near Groppi’s Mar­ket. It’s also your por­tal to South­ern de­li­cious­ness like baked pi­mento cheese, fried chicken and bis­cuits and shrimp po’ boy. L D BR ✹ ) $$

PAS­TICHE BISTRO AND WINE BAR

Ho­tel Metro, 411 E. Ma­son St., 414-482-1446; 4313

W. River Lane, Brown Deer, 414-354-1995. French Con­fu­sion may en­sue upon en­try. Is this Mil­wau­kee or a farm­house in France? Call­ing your name, in French: fried frog legs, rata­touille and cas­soulet. D l $$$

PEK­ING HOUSE

782 N. Jef­fer­son St., 414-763-9378. Chi­nese By­pass Gen­eral Tso’s chicken for the house spe­cials, in­clud­ing Szechuan hot pot. Hot, spicy food is easy to pro­cure here. LD l $-$$

PITCH’S

1801 N. Hum­boldt Ave., 414-272-9313. BBQ, Ital­ian,

Sup­per Club Bar­be­cued baby back ribs is one of the things this north-of-Brady-Street des­ti­na­tion is known for. But Pitch’s is also an Ital­ian sup­per club with a cult fol­low­ing for its Si­cil­ian steak, veal Marsala and shrimp scampi. D $$-$$$

PIZZA MAN 2597 N. Downer Ave., 414-272-1745; 11500 W. Burleigh St., Wauwatosa, 414-249-2000; Drexel Town Square, 7974 S. Main St., Oak Creek, 414-856-1000. Pizza The own­ers are build­ing an em­pire out of thin-crust pizza topped with ev­ery­thing from cream cheese to meat­balls. L D BR ✹ l)

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POLONEZ

4016 S. Packard Ave., 414-482-0080. Pol­ish. The menu fea­tures tra­di­tional Pol­ish plates like the sam­pler (stuffed cab­bage, pier­o­gis, Pol­ish sausage), bi­gos (hunter’s stew) and po­tato dumplings with tomato or mushroom sauce. L D

BR l) $$-$$$

RED LIGHT RA­MEN BY AR­DENT

1749 N. Far­well Ave., 414-837-5107. Ja­panese Serves its own menu of seafood tins, snacks and soups. Start with a seafood tin, fol­lowed by a tonkotsu (pork broth) ra­men and boozy slushie. D $

RICE ’N ROLL BISTRO

1952 N. Far­well Ave., 414-220-9944. Ja­panese, Thai The lit­tle kitchen that can hold its own with sushi and Thai dishes like drunken noo­dle. Try the sig­na­ture maki rolls and en­trées like

Born to Kill (seafood in a rice cracker shell). L

D l $$$

RIS­TORANTE BAR­TOLOTTA

7616 W. State St., 414-771-7910. Ital­ian The old fam­ily pho­tos and un­pre­ten­tious, tight-fit­ting din­ing room make din­ers feel at home. Head chef Juan Ur­bi­eta keeps folks com­ing back for the brick-style chicken and hand-cut pap­pardelle with duck ragu. D l $$$

ROCHESTER DELI

143 W. Broad­way, Wauke­sha, 262-522-9611.

Amer­i­can, Sand­wich A shop that gives its all to the sand­wich. The hand-carved corned beef Reuben is among the area’s best. Also con­sider the sand­wich of carved-to-order pas­trami and horse­rad­ish sauce on car­away rye. LD ✹$

SALA

2613 E. Hamp­shire St., 414-964-2611. Ital­ian Red walls and col­or­ful can­vases pop­u­late the din­ing room at this ca­sual spot near UW-Mil­wau­kee. Pas­tas are solid. Start with an app like baked goat cheese in tomato-basil sauce. LD ✹ $$-$$$

SAN­FORD RESTAU­RANT

1547 N. Jack­son St., 414-276-9608. Amer­i­can

Nouveau Founded by James Beard Award­win­ning chef San­ford D’Amato; owned by JBA win­ner Justin Apra­hamian. Un­sur­passed

for ser­vice and food. The global cui­sine in­cor­po­rates prod­ucts from a long list of Wisco farms. Elk, duck, fresh fish are all good choices. Dessert is com­pul­sory. D l) $$$-$$$$

SO­BEL­MAN’S PUB AND GRILL

Mul­ti­ple lo­ca­tions, so­bel­manspuband­grill.com.

Burg­ers Com­peted against AJ Bombers in the Travel Chan­nel’s “Food Wars,” and de­spite los­ing, has tri­umphed with its “Loser Burger.” You can’t re­ally lose here, with a burger or bloody mary. LD l ✹$

SOLLY’S GRILLE

4629 N. Port Wash­ing­ton Rd., 414-332-8808.

Amer­i­can, Burger, Break­fast Come here when you want to peo­ple-watch at a curvy lunch counter. Be­sides a solid break­fast, Solly’s is fa­mous for is the but­ter burger – a fried patty globbed with a gen­er­ous pat of but­ter. BL D $

STELLA VAN BUREN

Westin Ho­tel, 550 N. Van Buren St.. 414-847-5622.

Ital­ian, Steak Mod­ern Ital­ian-Amer­i­can steak­house that prom­ises “des­ti­na­tion-wor­thy wines and bour­bon.” Din­ner menu fea­tures red wine-braised short rib fet­tuc­cini and 22-ounce

dry-aged bone-in rib­eye. Re­view pend­ing. B L

D $$$-$$$$

STORY HILL BKC

5100 W. Blue­mound Rd., 414-539-4424. Amer­i­can “BKC” stands for “Bot­tle, Kitchen, Cock­tail.” The charming store­front has a great 3-5 p.m. happy hour menu and “Up­per Mid­west”in­spired evening meals. L D BR $$-$$$

SUP­PER Shorecrest Ho­tel, 1962 N. Prospect Ave., 414509-6074. Amer­i­can Nouveau, Sup­per Club A restau­rant that walks the line be­tween tra­di­tional and mod­ern. The ta­bles in­side the low-lit din­ing room hold some club trade­marks, in­clud­ing a rel­ish tray and Lazy Su­san. D $$-$$$$

THE1848 Soul W. TANDEMand Fond com­fortdu Lac food­sAve., 414-885-1919.are the focus, Amer­i­can­plus the South­ern­sides. Amer­i­can$ sta­ple of fried chicken and

L D BR

TA­QUE­RIA EL CABRITO

1100 S. 11th St., 414-385-9000. Mex­i­can A great lit­tle near-South City haven for tacos (goat, chorizo), sub­stan­tial soups and tor­tas. BL D $

TESS

2499 N. Bartlett Ave., 414-964-8377. Amer­i­can

Nouveau An easy lit­tle west-of-Oak­land spot to roll into for apps at the bar or a more or­ga­nized af­fair in the white-table­cloth din­ing room. Bonus points for the cozy, pri­vate gar­den pa­tio. D✹ $$$

THIRD COAST PRO­VI­SIONS

724 N. Mil­wau­kee St., 414-323-7434. Seafood El­e­gant multi-level place for fresh, char­grilled and fried oys­ters; lake fish (when avail­able); and seafood. Don’t miss: shrimp and grits, lob­ster pot­holes, surf and turf. D $$$$

THREE BROTH­ERS BAR & RESTAU­RANT

2414 S. St. Clair St., 414-481-7530. Ser­bian This

Bay View in­sti­tu­tion still has a Sch­litz brew­ery globe sus­pended over the bar – a piece of his­toric MKE in an oth­er­wise old-world bub­ble. Ce­vap­cici (sausage), beef bu­rek and chicken pa­prikash are not to miss. D ) $$$

TOFTE’S TA­BLE

331 River­front Plaza, Wauke­sha, 262-408-5633.

Amer­i­can Nouveau An in­for­mal, warm store­front is the set­ting for for­mer Ed­die Mar­tini’s chef Ja­son Tofte’s di­verse (and de­li­cious) share­able plates. Try the duck con­fit tostadas, fried chicken drum­stick, and meat­loaf and mashed pota­toes. D $$

TRE RI­VALI Kimp­ton Jour­ney­man Ho­tel, 200 N. Broad­way, Suite 100, 414-291-3971. Amer­i­can Nouveau The high­pro­file ho­tel resto of­fers nib­bly plates and larger Mediter­ranean cre­ations co­rian­der-crusted roasted whole branzino. BD ✹ $$-$$$

TRISKELE’S

1801 S. Third St., 414-837-5950. Amer­i­can The menu is di­vided into meat, seafood and veg­e­tar­ian cat­e­gories (the Celtic “triskele” sym­bol has three in­ter­locked spi­rals). Ter­rific: mus­sels, burg­ers and mac and cheese. D $$

UR­BAN BEETS CAFE & JUICERY

1401 N. Martin Luther King Dr., 414-800-6265.

Ve­gan, Veg­e­tar­ian This bright lit­tle cafe of­fers beau­coup op­tions for din­ers who avoid gluten and dairy prod­ucts. Try a smoothie bowl and the U.B. av­o­cado Reuben. BL l $

VAN­GUARD BAR

2659 S. Kin­nick­in­nic Ave., 414-539-3593. Sausage Ched­dar­wursts, chili dogs and other links are the modus operandi of this counter-ser­vice sausage em­po­rium, which is also se­ri­ous about whiskey and bour­bon. L D BR ✹ ) $

WOLF PEACH

1818 N. Hub­bard St., 414-374-8480. Amer­i­can

Nouveau The restau­rant on Brewers Hill boasts a stel­lar sky­line view. The name is an homage to the tomato, which ap­pears in the wood-fired piz­zas. D BR ✹ l $$-$$$

WY’EAST PIZZA

5601 W. Vliet St., 414-943-3278. Pizza From the same folks who used to run a Port­land, Ore­gon, pizza camper. Try the aptly named Hot Mar­mot. D ✹ $$-$$$

XANKIA

222 W. Wells St., 414-817-0241 Vietnamese A must­stop if you’re into bahn mi sand­wiches (eight kinds), but the menu also has pho, bub­ble tea and noo­dle dishes. L D $-$$

ZAF­FIRO’S PIZZA

1724 N. Far­well Ave., 414-289-8776. Pizza MKE old­style pizza, cracker-thin. Sausage and cheese is a standby, but ex­per­i­ment and find your fa­vorite. LD l $$

ZAR­LETTI

741 N. Mil­wau­kee St., 414-225-0000. Ital­ian The mod­ern space is de­voted to clas­sic, re­gional cui­sine. Order osso bucco or rack of lamb. Tiny and in­ti­mate. LD ) ✹ $$$-$$$$

ZAR­LETTI ME­QUON

1515 W. Me­quon Rd., Me­quon, 262-241-5990. Ital­ian Sis­ter of the MKE Street Zar­letti, this place of­fers brick-oven piz­zas. Try the arancini, house-made bur­rata cheese, seafood stew and braised short ribs. LD ✹ BR $$-$$$$ ◆

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