Best New Restaurants: Readers Speak Out

You voted for your favorite new restaurants in Milwaukee. Here are the results.

A couple months ago, while we were working on our Best New Restaurants cover story, we asked you about your favorite new restaurants in and around Milwaukee!

Irie Zulu, serving African and Jamaican specialties in Wauwatosa (7237 W. North Ave.), was voted your #1 fave. The runner-up: Amilinda, a Spanish-Portuguese-inspired restaurant (315 E. Wisconsin Ave.).

Here’s the rest of the top 5:

Q: What is your favorite new restaurant (opened in 2015-’16)?
  1. Irie Zulu (26%)
  2. Amilinda (24%)
  3. Bass Bay Brewhouse (20%)
  4. Merriment Social (18%)
  5. (tie) Iron Grate BBQ, Supper at Shorecrest Hotel (3%)

We also asked about the most anticipated opening still to come, what you’re craving, and more about how you dine out in Milwaukee.

Q: Which local restaurant opening (targeted for a summer or fall opening) are you most excited about?
  1. Dandan American-Chinese Restaurant (25%)
  2. Third Coast Provisions (21%)
  3. Like Minds Brewery and Restaurant (15%)
  4. Rare Steakhouse (14.5%)
  5. Tre Rivali at the Kimpton Hotel (14%)
  6. Good City Brewing (10%)
Q: What kind of cuisine or food item not readily available in Milwaukee would you like to see here?
  1. Moroccan cuisine (21%)
  2. Authentic dim sum (20%)
  3. Chicago-style pizza (19%)
  4. Korean cuisine (15%)
  5. Dumplings (10%)
  6. Locally made bagels (9%)
  7. Turkish cuisine (6%)
Q: How often do you dine out?
  1. Once per week (34%)
  2. 2-3 times per month (33%)
  3. Multiple times per week (26%)
  4. Once a month (6%)
  5. Once every six months (0.5%)
Q: How much do you typically spend per person on a restaurant meal (not including tip)?
  1. $20-$30 (42%)
  2. $40-$50 (18%)
  3. Under $20 (16%)
  4. $30-$40 (15%)
  5. $50-plus (9%)

Voting is still open for our 2016 Readers’ Choice Dining Awards.
Cast your vote now!



Dan Shafer was the digital editor at Milwaukee Magazine. Dan joined the magazine as assistant editor in 2014 and wrote the November 2014 cover story, "Downtown Horizons." He's worked as a reporter at BizTimes Milwaukee and an editor at ThirdCoast Digest. Contact him at He's on Twitter @danshaferMKE.