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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010

Short Orders

The new Glorioso’s (1011 E. Brady St.) is proving to be the hottest spot on Brady Street. A few weeks ago Glorioso’s moved across the street into the high-ceilinged space of the former Brady Street Pharmacy. The interior is very different. Unlike at the old store, the aisles are wide and spacious. The wine selection...
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Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010

Discover some of Milwaukee’s best Vietnamese food amid casual elegance

The word “pho” provides an immediate clue about the food at Pho 27. Pho, the beef noodle soup of Vietnam, is a specialty here. But the menu goes beyond pho to offer a thorough list of Vietnamese specialties as well as a number of Chinese entrees...
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Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010

Short Orders

Though it lies in the city of Milwaukee, T.J. Aliota’s is easier to reach from Whitefish Bay (261 E. Hampton Road, at the intersection of Hampton and Santa Monica in a small strip mall). Half of the place is a popular bar, while the other half is a casual restaurant serving sandwiches and a Friday fish fry. Prices are moderate...
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Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010

Beer, polka and Cream City brick complement this Milwaukee tradition

When it comes to selecting a dinner destination for out-of-town visitors, Milwaukee has a few easy choices. Karl Ratzsch’s offers time-honored German food and Three Brothers’ fine Serbian fare is served in a Schlitz corner tavern. But Milwaukee is the city of beer, brats and the Friday fish fry—and one place covers two of those categories like few others. The Lakefront Palm Garden, located in the...
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Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010

Short Orders

Milwaukeeans eagerly awaited the opening of Pacific Produce (5455 S. 27th St.), an Asian supermarket located in a building that once housed a Kohl’s grocery store. It is by far the largest Asian market this side of Chicago. Among the wide variety of produce are large pomelos, tamarind from Thailand and...