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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Short Orders

The historic center of downtown Waukesha continues to be an incubator for interesting restaurants. The newest is Key Westconsin (331 Riverfront Plaza, Waukesha), which offers the flavors of Key West in Wisconsin. Located along the Fox River just across from Waukesha State Bank, it is a light and airy place...
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Thursday, June 2, 2011

New restaurant entices with fine seafood, riverfront views

With its great riverfront location, large, open dining room with plenty of windows, outdoor seating and boat parking, Rip Tide had so much going for it. What it did not have, however, was an especially good menu. Fortunately, that flaw has been remedied under new ownership and a new name, the Milwaukee...
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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Short Orders

Last year the North Shore Bistro shortened its name to NSB Bar and Grill (8649 N. Port Washington Road) and reduced its size to about half of its former space. The remodeled restaurant maintains an attractive setting and the flowery outdoor patio remains a great spot for outdoor dining...
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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Short Orders

Injera, a large, spongy flatbread that has a slightly tart flavor, adds to the unique experience of dining at an Ethiopian restaurant. All of the entrees are served on top of injera, and it is also your dining utensil—simply tear off a piece and dig in. Local diners looking for this experience can find it at Ethiopian Cottage...
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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

We talk to experts at Bacchus, Balzac and Hinterland

What would be a good choice of wine to go with a rack of lamb? How about with ahi tuna? Or would I be better off with a beer? Some choices are simple. The general rule says to go with red wines for red meat and whites for seafood. But today's menus are often complex, and a pricey meal should not be...
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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Short Orders

Oscar's Pub & Grill (1712 W. Pierce St.) is located in a neighborhood known for its Mexican and Southeast Asian restaurants. So the fact that its specialty is all-American hamburgers is a bit of a novelty in and of itself. Oscar's casual setting has recently been renovated, but it retains a vintage ornamental tin...
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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Café offers vegan- and vegetarian-friendly breakfast, lunch and dinner

A decade ago the Riverwest Co-op opened its doors in a classic Milwaukee setting. Located in the heart of Riverwest, you will find the co-op on a quiet street a block from the spires of St. Casimir's church and across the street from the Polish Falcon Bowl...
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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

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Several years ago I found a place in Erie, Pa., named Quaker Steak & Lube. It was a small regional chain with chicken wings as its specialty. I tried the spiciest offering at the time, aptly named “Atomic.” It was definitely a challenge to eat. The chain has since expanded beyond Pennsylvania, and now there is one in...
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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Owners of El Fuego open restaurant near Southridge Mall

From the owners of El Fuego comes a second Mexican restaurant, El Beso. The restaurant, located near Southridge Mall, boasts a Technicolor exterior—a hacienda painted in vibrant colors. The entrance beckons with a fountain and Mexican music, and the inside proves to be as colorful as the outside...
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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Short Orders

The exceptional Three Cellars (7133 S. 76th St., Franklin) is well worth the drive. At first it seems to be solely a retail store specializing in wine and beer—the large inventory features 300-plus wines and more than 500 beers—but there also is a small lounge area in the front and a small bar in the back. A few beers are on...