2017 Readers’ Choice Awards: Restaurants Worth a Drive

These dining venues are a bit outside most Milwaukeeans’ beaten path, but trust us (and your fellow readers): they’re worth the drive!

Our readers will drive for food! And 75 miles from our fair Downtown to Madison’s nationally known, farm-driven L’Etoile, run by James Beard Award-winning chef Tory Miller, is no big thing (1 S. Pinckney St., Madison). In addition to an a la carte menu (with wine pairings, if you so choose), L’Etoile offers a seven-course chef’s tasting menu.

Following L’Etoile is dynamic Trattoria Stefano (522 S. Eighth St., Sheboygan), with its palate-blowing trip through Italy. Open since 1994, Stefano is known for its handmade pasta (like the rigatoni with Tuscan wild boar ragu), ossobuco with saffron risotto and veal rib chop stuffed with prosciutto, black truffle cheese and sage.

In No. 3 position, Port Washington’s Twisted Willow (308 N. Franklin St.) fuses a farmer’s market ethos with comfort food. Your choices there include wild mushroom and spinach stroganoff, Indian vegetable curry, “almost famous” meatloaf with beer gravy, and Asian BBQ Atlantic salmon.  

  1. L’Etoile (1 S. Pinckney St., Madison)
  2. Trattoria Stefano (522 S. Eighth St., Sheboygan)
  3. Twisted Willow (308 N. Franklin St.)

2017 Readers' Choice Awards 

2017 Readers’ Choice Awards

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



‘2017 Readers’ Choice Awards’ appears in the September 2017 issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

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Ann Christenson has covered dining for Milwaukee Magazine since 1997. She was raised on a diet of casseroles that started with a pound of ground beef and a can of Campbell's soup. Feel free to share any casserole recipes with her.