18 Below

If anyone could appreciate a cool, creamy dessert, it’s the Snow Miser, that Arctic icicle brought to glacial life in a 1970s animated Christmas special. Nothing satisfies on sweltering summer days like a blast of Snow Miser air courtesy of a decadent frozen delight. Armed with a fierce appetite for creamy comfort, our crack team of staff tasters converged on the area’s heat-busting mom-and-pop shops, licking and slurping in pursuit of the 18 tastiest treats. Here’s your assignment: Eat your way through summer! Download our printable PDF checklist or keep track of your frozen treat conquest with the survey below.

Best Ethnic Dining

View the mouth-watering outtakes from our Best Ethnic Dining photoshoot here. The requests come to me every few months. Tourists are planning a trip to Milwaukee – the “Milwaukee” projected in TV reruns of shows like “Laverne and Shirley” – and they want to experience the city’s Gemütlichkeit by visiting one of our legendary German restaurants. Where can they find this perfect immersion in Teutonic charm? I usually tell them to head south of the Hoan Bridge to a restaurant that stepped out of time called Three Brothers. The restaurant is Serbian, not German, but it represents Milwaukee’s respect for…

How much do you love restaurants?

This article originally appeard in the August 2011 issue of Milwaukee Magazine. * Forget naming an “American Idol.” What the world really needs to know is which local restaurants are our readers’ faves! And in the immortal words of game show hosts of days gone by, heeerrreee they are. … But before you give it up for the most mouthwatering steak, top weekend brunch or best restaurant with a patio, put your hands together for the winners in our random drawing: Deanna Klafka ($250 to Mayfair Mall), Nan Teske ($100 gift card to Salamander), Gina Trimboli ($250 gift card to…

Seafood Crazy

  Photo by Chris Kessler. This story appears in the May 2011 issue of Milwaukee Magazine. by Ann Christenson Every Sunday, Roy Axelson drives to O’Hare International Airport to pick up a shipment of Dover sole from Holland. The fresh-caught fish had sold at auction on Friday or Saturday, then were flown to the States on Sunday. By 5 p.m. Sunday, Axelson is loading 1,500 pounds of sole into his truck, then it’s heading north to Milwaukee’s Lake Park Bistro and other restaurants along the way. That evening, the restaurant’s servers will filet these delicate, creamy fish tableside – a…

New Kids in Town

photos by Dan BishopLast summer, a restaurant called Good Life opened on Humboldt Avenue, a few steps from a cluster of upscale condos along the Milwaukee River. Aptly named, the place has a Caribbean focus, yet is hip, a relaxed place to chill out. It has the feel of a gentrified neighborhood hangout. Just up the street is Bayou, a loose – and chic – take on Cajun/Creole and Southern food in a mod setting.It’s becoming increasingly common for new restaurants to pop up in such close proximity. The Third Ward and Walker’s Point are particularly hot zip codes for…

Keepers of the Flame

In the last month, I’ve eaten Pavarotti’s weight in food. No, I’m not asking for sympathy or Jenny Craig. I’m just, well, sharing. Call it a (sometimes unenviable) occupational hazard. For many years, we’ve chosen May as the month to reflect on dining, remarkable dining, in our town. New places are opening all the time — the trend this year is steakhouses — and conversely, some spots are hanging it up, too. In fine-dining circles, for instance, Celia at the Pfister ended its almost-5-year run a few months ago. What’s amazing to me, though, is the consistency of our top…

Feature Morning Glory

Photos by Dan Bishop/Allan-KnoxIt’s time for the Sunday brunch bunch to get an image campaign. Maybe a slogan would help – as in “Brunch: It’s not just for Mother’s Day.” The other day a hopelessly out-of-touch person said to me, “Do people really go out to brunch anymore? I mean, except for holidays?” That’s when my new slogan would have come in handy. Some people have the mistaken impression that Sunday brunch is always an invitation to eat like it’s Thanksgiving. And who can eat like that more than once a year? That’s where the sexed-up brunch comes in. For…