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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...
Dining Out
Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Short Orders

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...
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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Executive chef Dominic Zumpano adds flair to Italian flavors

Ryan Braun's Waterfront restaurant opened a little more than a year ago at a prime location, where Water Street meets the Milwaukee River. Though it was named after the Milwaukee Brewers star, it was a restaurant rather than a sports tribute place...
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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Short Orders

Vietnamese restaurants have been opening in the Milwaukee area at an accelerated pace of late. While many of the recent openings have occurred on South 27th Street in Milwaukee, another has just started in Wauwatosa. Miss Saigon (9201 W. Center St...
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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Enjoy authentic classics like sarma and chevapchichi

Old Town Serbian Gourmet Restaurant, located in the shadow of St. Josaphat's Basilica, is a place to be festive. The dining room features stained glass and coats of arms from the former Yugoslavia, fruit brandies of the Balkans are amply stocked in...
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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Short Orders

The exterior of Fiesta Garibaldi (5108 W. Bluemound Road) is a riot of color typical of Mexican restaurants. So at a recent visit it was quite a surprise to find a reworked interior filled with high-top tables painted in Green Bay Packers green. The restaurant remains...
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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Sushi and starter courses alone warrant multiple visits

Nanakusa, a Japanese restaurant with some exceptional and unusual sushi, recently closed its doors in the Third Ward. Fortunately, aficionados of Japanese food already have another quality option. A few blocks from Nanakusa's former spot is Screaming...