Red walls and lots of colorful canvases populate the dining room of this casual Italian a block from UW-Milwaukee. Pastas are the better choices (from a menu that includes pizzas, shrimp scampi and chicken saltimbocca). Start with an app like breaded eggplant or baked goat cheese in tomato-basil sauce.
The casual Shorewood haunt is a natural for viewing games on the flat-screen. The menu of moderately priced food is heavy on burgers and sandwiches. Thai chicken tacos, pulled pork sliders and the Mediterranean platter are attention-worthy appetizers.
Hot pot is the Chinese equivalent of fondue – a communal pot of broth set on a portable burner at the table, set to cook everything from meat to mushrooms.
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An easy little east-of-Oakland spot to roll into for apps at the bar or a more organized affair in the cozy white-tablecloth dining room. Beer dinners are becoming Tess’ claim to fame. The cozy, private garden patio makes a lovely setting for a summer night.
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Quickly making a splash at the East Side food hall Crossroads Collective, Heaven’s Table creates heavenly plates of slow-smoked Texas brisket, hickory-smoked St. Louis-style ribs, pork shoulder, sausage and smoked chicken. Get the brisket!
Changes are afoot, including a menu of sandwiches, sausages and German specialties. Order a sausage platter or open-face bologna/meatloaf sandwich with your German beer.
I came of age when Farwell and North was a nightlife bellwether and “classy” meant going to Von Trier, the dark Germanic bar that was our refuge on finger-numbing winter nights. My UW-Milwaukee friends liked to sit at a certain table near the bar. To me, it seemed like we could never park close enough (that brutal wind!), but there was a popcorn machine and fancy hot drinks with rum or Frangelico in them. Read more…