Editor-in-chief Carole Nicksin's monthly letter to our readers.
From my vantage point, dining editor Ann Christenson has the best job in magazine journalism. She gets paid to feast on all kinds of delicious things and is among the first to try new restaurants when they open. And she does this in Milwaukee, a city with a seemingly limitless supply of excellent eateries.
Luckily for those of us who do our dining out on our own time and on our own dime, Ann is a fantastic writer with an astute gauge of what makes a meal fantastic as opposed to so-so. When I’m deciding where I want to eat, I turn to her commentary to guide me.
For the Best New Restaurants feature in this month’s issue, Ann carefully selected the top 10 among all the restaurants that have opened since January 2015. She also polled some of the best chefs in town about where they eat out. And she used an online survey to get the lowdown on your dining habits. The result of all this research is a comprehensive, engaging and informative story that makes me want to try all 10 eateries, starting with dinner tonight.
But if the warm weather has you in the mood to stay put in your backyard, turn to page 107 for our cookout special. You’ll find tips on what to grill and how to grill it, plus cocktail recipes from some of Milwaukee’s most creative bartenders.
There’s plenty more in this issue, including great ideas for weekend getaways, all right here in Wisconsin (p. 57–65). And if you don’t want to leave town, you can have a full-on nature experience within the city limits, at the Urban Ecology Center. Check out the profile of UEC’s executive director, Ken Leinbach, starting on page 66, to read of its incredible growth.
I’m a person who loves a list, but as I work on each issue of the magazine, my summer bucket list keeps getting longer. This issue alone added another 20 or so adventures I’m eager to try. At this rate, I doubt I’ll get to even half of the items by September. But that’s OK. Sometimes reading about something is every bit as enjoyable as actually doing it. So in that spirit, I hope you’ll take your copy of the magazine, find a nice spot outside, and enjoy.
P.S. Entered our #MyMKESummer photo contest yet? There’s still time! Upload your photo at milwaukeemag.com/MymkeSummer.