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Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011

Short Orders

Jefferson Street, just south of Cathedral Square, still retains a few 19th-century buildings. One, a vintage Cream City brick residence, is home to Serum (785 N. Jefferson St.), which bills itself as “the hidden kitchen.” Serum is also very much a bar, built in 2005 when the place was Brio Trattoria. The kitchen...
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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Downtown Milwaukee's Blackthorn Pub

It's hard to believe that County Clare and its Irish pub fare were once a bit of a novelty here. Now Irish restaurants with names like Mo's, Mulligan's and Brocach seem to be everywhere in Milwaukee. More continue to open. One of the more recent is the Blackthorn Pub & Grill...
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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Short Orders

The main building of the Horny Goat Hideaway is undergoing renovation but the fun here still continues. Just enter at the north gate for a seat at the summer bar or one of the many outdoor tables. The bar has a roof and it converts to open-air when the weather is balmy. Many of the outdoor tables are located along...
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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Live music, Art Deco style add to the dining experience

In 1976, Joe and John Balistrieri opened Snug's at the landmark Shorecrest Hotel. In its early years, Snug's was the only Milwaukee restaurant to offer outdoor dining. It lasted for many years, before giving way to a series of restaurants that came and went. In 2002 veteran restaurateur Sally Papia reopened the place as the Savoy Room, but she passed away in 2005 and...
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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Short Orders

The Mexican restaurant La Canoa (1520 W. Lincoln Ave., www.lacanoamilwaukee.com) specializes in seafood. Hand-carved chairs portray every type of sea creature and the bar is housed inside of what looks like a beached boat. Free starters are a major plus. In addition to chips and salsa, diners receive seafood empanadas and a small serving of tart fish ceviche...
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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Live music adds to casual ambiance at Elm Grove restaurant

Bluemound Road west of 124th Street seems to be one strip mall after another, with every restaurant chain imaginable, but it is easy enough to escape this scene and find unique, compelling places to dine. A few blocks north in Elm Grove, for example, you will encounter Village Court, a small development of shops and offices...
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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Short Orders

Summer is the ideal time to visit Barnacle Bud's (1955 S. Hilbert St., barnacle-buds.com). That is, if you can find it—Hilbert Street only runs for two blocks. Just look for all the parked cars and a small building at the end of the street. The highlight is a large outdoor deck that overlooks the Kinnickinnic River...
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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Rooftop deck spices up Third Ward restaurant

The Good Harvest Market, located at the corner of Broadway and St. Paul Avenue, never really got off the ground. It always seemed like a lonely store. But the atmosphere has changed now that the market has been replaced by Café Benelux, the latest restaurant by the locally owned Lowlands Group...
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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Short Orders

In addition to its original destination in West Allis and a second site at the Milwaukee Public Market, West Allis Cheese & Sausage Shoppe recently added a third location on the East Side (2974 N. Oakland Ave., in the former Bella's Fat Cat). This version differs from the others in that it offers a café and deli and tables...
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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Elegant atmosphere sets the stage for a memorable meal

The location at 780 N. Jefferson St. would seem to be a prime spot, but it has proven difficult for restaurants. In recent years it has been home to Singha II, Los Mitos and Ed Debevic's—all part of restaurant history. But never give up on a promising site, especially with the new contender, Zaafaran...