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Dining Out
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...
Dining Out
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...
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Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010

Second location offers same menu, fun atmosphere

La Fuente represents one of Milwaukee’s great restaurant success stories. When it opened its original location on Sixth Street, across from Conejito’s, it was one of just a handful of Mexican restaurants in the city. La Fuente soon relocated a block away and over the years grew into the cavernous place it is...
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Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010

Short Orders

The small neighborhood drive-in is nearly extinct, as most have fallen victim to fast-food chains. A rare exception is Fred’s Drive-In (4726 W. Vliet St.), located in Milwaukee’s Washington Heights neighborhood. The place is small, so it’ll be standing-room-only if you...
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Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010

Longtime favorite moves across the street

Shorewood’s North Star American Bistro first opened under the name St. Bessie’s—a restaurant that featured a statue of a large golden bovine for its namesake. Six years ago the statue was removed and the name was changed. In more recent years North Star added a Brookfield location. And, just recently...
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Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010

Short Orders

The Grain Exchange (225 E. Michigan St.) remains one of Milwaukee’s most impressive 19th-century landmarks. Normally only guests at receptions and private parties get to see the magnificent interior space of the building’s old trading room. But in mid-October Bartolotta Catering opened the doors to the general...
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Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010

Turkish touches add to Layton Avenue dining experience

About a decade ago I visited a small neighborhood in Istanbul, Turkey, where all of the restaurants specialized in seafood. At every doorway there was an assortment of whole fresh fish sold by the kilogram, and the fish would be prepared any way you chose. That type of dining experience has arrived...
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Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010

Short Orders

After opening in Riverwest late last year, Café Corazon (3129 N. Bremen St.) has become a highly popular destination. The tiny café tends to fill up, especially on weekends. Weekday lunches have been added Wednesday through Friday, and it’s far easier to find a table at these times. The entire dinner menu is...
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Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010

Popular Mexican restaurant expands to site of former Alpine Village

One of the area’s most popular and reliable Mexican restaurants, Jalapeño Loco, is adding a second location. The original restaurant opened in the mid-1990s at a small place in Cudahy; a few years later owners Hugo and Janet Saynes moved to a much larger spot near the airport. Now, after a successful...
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Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010

Short Orders

The old village of Brown Deer may be a bit tricky to locate, but it is worth the effort. You’ll find a number of restaurants and bars at the intersection of River Lane and Deerwood Drive, but the destination of note is Larry’s Market (8737 N. Deerwood Drive). It almost...