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Dining Out
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...
Dining Out
Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Short Orders

A short while back, Chili Lili's Chili Bar (525 E. Menomonee St.) offered a special called "Menomonee Street magma." The dish featured chili prepared with beef tips, pork shoulder, habañero and molasses. It was slightly sweet, with overtones of habañero...
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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Quality steak, fair prices in one-of-a-kind setting

Typically, a building without windows is not overly inviting. But Butch's Old Casino defies expectations. In fact, the interior is very inviting. In the bar area, one may observe the chefs in the open-air kitchen. A mezzanine circles the main dining room...
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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Short Orders

Antigua Latin Restaurant (5823 W. Burnham St.) offers one of the area's most interesting menus. You will find pupusas from El Salvador, empanadas from Argentina, and cochinita pibil, pulled pork from the Yucatan. After 5 p.m. the specialty is paella, the famous rice...
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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Good food meets comfort in Milwaukee, Brookfield locations

Charro opened on Milwaukee Street a little over two years ago. Its menu dabbled in the foods of Latin America and featured hints of Spain. Owners Omar Shaikh, Tom Wackman and Michael Polaski, part of the SURG Restaurant Group, soon added a second location in Brookfield. In early January, however...
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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Short Orders

There is no place quite like Le Rêve (7610 Harwood Ave.), located in the historic heart of Wauwatosa. It is a true patisserie, with expertly prepared tarts, tortes and gateaux on display in glass cases. This is a fine spot for breakfast, but the café also offers French lunches and dinners. Think of crepes, steak and frites...
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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Fine Middle Eastern cuisine near UW-Milwaukee

The area around the intersection of Oakland Avenue and Locust Street goes by the name of University Square—appropriate, since UW-Milwaukee is just a few blocks away. The area features a diverse array of restaurants. In addition to the usual pizza, burger and sub joints you will find Greek gyros and...
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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Short Orders

The longtime East Side fixture Hooligans (2017 E. North Ave.) opened in the 1930s. Over the years it has evolved from a place where you could purchase to-go bottles of Thunderbird to the upscale establishment it is today, appealing to martini drinkers as well as those looking for the many import and American craft...
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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Colorful West Allis restaurant offers Caribbean flavors

Recent years have not been kind to the area's few Caribbean-themed restaurants. Following the closures of Edgar's Calypso and the Good Life, there are none to be found in the city of Milwaukee. The Painted Parrot, however, remains alive and well in West Allis...
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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Short Orders

Buca di Beppo is a restaurant chain with locations around the country, but the local spot (1233 N. Van Buren St.) does not feel like a generic eatery. The windowless exterior looks like it comes from the 1950s. The interior walls are covered with every type of Italian-American clutter imaginable—a special treat is the...