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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...
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Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010

Delightful, authentic Chinese items not found on the menu

Huan Xi, a small restaurant located in the former Hop Sheng Gourmet, may not seem remarkable at first, but don’t be fooled by initial impressions. Most of the business comes from carryout and delivery, and it’s true that the menu looks like it could have been copied from 30 other local Chinese carryout places. There is the familiar kung pao chicken...
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Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010

Short Orders

The area of 27th Street south of Oklahoma Avenue continues to draw Asian businesses. In addition to Chinese and Indian markets, soon there will be no fewer than three establishments devoted to Vietnamese pho...
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Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010

Mexican Done Right at BelAir Cantina

Life is returning to normal in the area of the Humboldt Avenue Bridge. Two restaurants, the Good Life and Bayou, went out of business during the lengthy reconstruction project, but now both have been replaced. Stubby’s Pub & Grub opened in the location of Bayou...
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Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010

Short Orders

It is easy to walk right past Distil, the newest hot spot at 722 N. Milwaukee St., with its simple signage on a narrow, windowless brick facade. But walk in and you will find a long bar, a row of double tables and dark, coppery color tones that nod to the ultimate speak-easy...
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Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010

Food, atmosphere remain strong in new hands

Given Milwaukee’s prominent Polish heritage, surprisingly few city restaurants serve the authentic foods of Poland. Perhaps the food itself—some say the meals are too heavy and starchy—can be blamed for why there are only two Polish restaurants in metropolitan Milwaukee. But Polish food can also be hearty and flavorful, with abundant use of mushrooms...