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Dining
Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011

Trendy, welcoming spot takes over for former Fuzion Café

Locally produced ingredients are the restaurant industry’s trend du jour. Milwaukee-area places like Roots and ParkSide 23 already embody this idea, and another is now joining in: INdustri Café. INdustri’s owners, Chris Miller and Robert Klemm, bring decades of experience between them...
Dining
Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011

Short Orders

A chain of restaurants known as El Pollo Loco, specializing in chicken with a Mexican twist, is a common sight in Southern California. Locally, the Fiesta Garibaldi restaurant group operates two restaurants in a similar vein: the Chicken Palace Fiesta Garibaldi (1937 W. Forest Home Ave.) and the recently opened...
Dining
Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011

Short Orders

The Red Accordion (1137 N. Old World Third St.) is an ideal spot for a quiet lunch Downtown. The fare tends to be light, with items like bratwurst and lamb sliders. The restaurant has always featured a soup of the day, but now the choices have been ramped up to four or five offerings. The bowls ($5) are large and...
Dining
Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011

Brookfield restaurant takes over for Sticks & Stones

Local foods and craft beers are among the themes of ParkSide 23, which opened in Brookfield in November. The meats come from Wisconsin producers and the beer list focuses on micros. A 10,000-square-foot kitchen garden is in the works so that vegetables and herbs can be grown just a few hundred feet away from the dining room...
Dining
Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011

Huarache, chile rellenos among standouts at new Mexican restaurant

When independently owned restaurants close their doors, very few manage to reopen, at least in the same format. So it was a pleasure to find a very familiar menu when visiting a recently opened Mexican restaurant named Quiote. Chef/owner Cristobal Martinez had been at the Oaxaca Grill, which closed more than two years ago...
Dining
Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010

Chef Michael Feker knows how to innovate

Chef/owner Michael Feker opened Il Mito 10 years ago in Walker’s Point. He introduced the current location in Wauwatosa about four years ago and shuttered the original space in 2007. When Il Mito appeared on the scene, its cuisine was described as “California Mediterranean.” The Italian...
Dining
Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010

Short Orders

The Middle Eastern food at Yum! Yum! (4125 S. Howell Ave.) lives up to the restaurant’s tasty name. At an earlier visit, Yum! Yum!, housed in a former neighborhood drive-in, offered just four seats at a counter, but a side dining room should be open by now. The menu includes Middle Eastern staples like beef and...
Dining
Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010

Menu expanded under new owners

Downtown Milwaukee’s landmark Grain Exchange Building, also known as the Mackie, first housed the Swingin’ Door when the Prohibition Era came to an end. At that time, in 1933, it was known as the Grain Exchange Tavern. It became the Swingin’ Door in 1973. After nearly 40 years as owner, Michael...

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