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11500 West Burleigh Street, Wauwatosa, WI 53222, USA

So not the Pizza Man of yore (the original was destroyed by fire), and yet, so like it. The owners have capitalized on the best parts of the old joint – the thin-crust pizza, staples like wild boar ravioli, and extensive selection of by-the-glass wines. They’ve also proven that cream cheese is genius on a pizza.

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5475 S 27th St, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
(414) 282-8852(414) 282-8852

Although a humble interior and exterior, Pho Viet offers a wide range of delicious Vietnamese classics. Some specialty items include mussels, Vietnamese beef stew and bun rieu.

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411 East Mason Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202, USA

Even with service snafus and bumps on the culinary road since its late summer opening, Pastiche at the Metro is a big improvement over the hotel’s previous kitchen management. Owner Mike Engel divides time between two Pastiches. Read more…

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1 South Pinckney Street, Madison, WI 53703, USA

A fine-dining, farm-to-table restaurant right on Capitol Square. One of downtown Madison’s most celebrated chefs at the moment is Tory Miller (2012 James Beard Award winner for Best Chef: Midwest) who took over L’Etoile when chef-founder Odessa Piper retired in 2005.

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830 North Old World 3rd Street, Milwaukee, WI, USA

Specializing in delicious Thai cuisine such as volcano chicken, mango curry and pad Thai, The King and I has your Thai fix. If none of those sound appealing, you’re sure to find a meal of interest on its 63-item menu, which contains everything from basil eggplant to crispy duck.

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2535 S Kinnickinnic Ave, Bay View, Milwaukee, WI 53207, USA

Kindred’s opening menu starts in its small but share-able way, with lemongrass mussels, piri piri fried chicken leg, duck confit flatbread, parsnip gnocchi, fontina-stuffed lamb meatballs with spicy tomato sauce and edam cheese croquette. Read more…

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1125 N 9th St, Milwaukee, WI 53233, USA

A Milwaukee food truck staple. Beyond American cheese on Wonder bread, they do a grilled mac and cheese, Wisconsin cheesesteak on a hoagie roll, turkey burger and, yes, Campbell’s tomato soup.

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1011 E Brady St, Milwaukee, WI 53202, USA

Italian food is commonplace in grocery stores, but Glorioso’s pays homage to pasta with dozens of fresh and frozen varieties – not to mention the sauces (puttanesca, Bolognese), artisan cheeses and Italian cookies.

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2201 S Kinnickinnic Ave, Bayview, Milwaukee; 605 S 1st St, Milwaukee

A worthy addition to anyone’s Indian food rotation, the lunch special at this restaurant in a gas station strip mall includes portions of as many dishes as your server can ladle into a carryout container: saag paneer, lamb curry and chicken tikka masala are possible.

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700 W Lexington Blvd, Glendale, WI 53217, USA

Who needs to go to Munich when you can take the short trip to Glendale? The Bavarian Bierhaus doesn’t just brew beer, it also provides a massive beer hall, tap room and beer garden to drink it in.

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2235 N. Farwell Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202

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…

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331 Riverfront Street, Waukesha, WI 53186

Former Eddie Martini’s chef Jason Tofte offers up diverse shareable plates – such as friend chicken drumstick and meatloaf and mashed potatoes – in a warm, informal setting.

 

When Jason Tofte helmed the kitchen of Eddie Martini’s, he suited up in a white chef’s coat, cooked on the line and rarely ventured out to chat with patrons. That changed when the 18-year Tosa steakhouse vet left to run Waukesha’s The Steaming Cup with his wife, Cristina. The Cup came with a sizable built-in clientele, and serving up lattes with hummus wraps required interaction with customers. Read more…

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2101 N. Prospect Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Warm, European-vibed spot for genuinely inspiring plant-based food and wines from naturally operated vineyards. Menu changes are frequent. Highlights include gnocchi con giardiniera, the Sicilian pizza and any of the salads.

 

The new Strange Town is the latest chapter in a journey, not strange but also not conformist, for owner Andy Noble. The DJ and musician had thought about opening an eating/drinking place, he says, but it was this space – the former Allium (2101 N. Prospect Ave., 414-885-0404) – that acted as a summons. Read more…

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814 S 2nd Street Milwaukee, WI 53204 United States.

A decorative thread of 1980s neon and poster art filters through this offbeat Walker’s Point bar run by folks from Boone & Crockett and Vanguard. Tater tots, sliders, Radskis salad, cheese fries and Brussels sprout salad are all worth snacking on.

 

It was probably inevitable that restaurant owners would see “small plates” for the two-bite finger foods that they are and seek to capitalize on them (i.e., serving less food for more money). In their favor, tapas let the diner try more things, often without breaking the bank. Read more…

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3216 S Howell Ave, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53207

Order badly? It’s not likely here, not with huevos rancheros, avocado smash-up and enchiladas verdes as options.

 

The call came last spring. Francisco “Frank” Sanchez, whose family ran the old Taqueria Azteca on Oklahoma and Chase, was back – returning to the industry after several years out of the dining limelight. Only not at a straight-up Mexican place as he was known for before. Read more…

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5901 W. National Ave. West Allis, WI 53214

Wash down a plate of hearty pork shanks or wiener schnitzel with one of the bar’s at least eight German tap beers. This institution is also known for fish fry (walleye, bluegill, lake perch).

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325 W. Silver Spring Dr.; 2321 N. Murray Ave.

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. The Murray Avenue location also serves four kinds of ramen.

 

It was called Sushi Magic. This kit promised to turn the stickiest of fingers into a nori-rolling pro. If I had only opened the box. But my Sushi Magic, a well-intentioned gift, ended up on a yard sale table (where it didn’t sell).

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4125 S. Howell Ave.

A sharp focus on meats, including the great Milwaukee Rib. Grits and mac and cheese are among the sides.

 

The aroma emitted by Edna cannot be denied. “She” perfumes Iron Grate BBQ Co., overriding the smell of roasted coffee beans. Edna’s 10-foot-long, 500-gallon, mostly recycled self is the force behind half of this unusual business model. Iron Grate shares 8,000 square feet of real estate with roaster-café Hawthorne Coffee.

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2663 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.

Cozy storefront space where the sushi bar chefs perform magic with fish, vegetables and condiments. Exceptional sashimi and nori rolls. Offers some Thai selections as well.

Mentioned in: 3 New Local Sushi Restaurants and What to Order at Each; 21 Things to Eat (and Drink!) in Milwaukee Right Now

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2108 N. Farwell Ave.

The craft brewery is as conscious of the food it serves as of the beer it makes. The chef’s mantra that drinkers want to eat well is in full force here. Vegan options available too.

Mentioned in: With Good City Brewing’s Bucks Announcement, the Sours are Coming; Another Sign that Good City Brewing is Doing Things Right; Good City Brewing Celebrates One Year in Business

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