Express Milwaukee - Dining Out http://expressmilwaukee.com/articles.sec-210-1-dining-out.html Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:00:00 EDT en hourly 1 Taking Salads Seriously - Mequon’s Salotto Zarletti also serves pasta and pizza in an inviting setting http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23683-taking-salads-seriously-men%25E2%2580%2599s-salotto-zarletti-also-serves-pasta-and-pizza-in-an-inviting-setting.html

 Brian Zarletti continues to expand his empire. After successes like the aptly named Zarletti along with Rustico and Stubby’s, he has set his eyes on Mequon. The location of his newest place

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Stellar Soul Food on Capitol http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23669-stellar-soul-food-on-capitol.html Located inside a former church, Stella J’s Soul Food (7434 W. Capitol Drive) has been transformed into a roomy space accented with arched colored brick, the kind of setting one may at first mistake for the sort of Greek family eatery. Amid chicken and pork chops fried or smothered (that]]> Come to Armenian Fest for Shish-kabob and More http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23646-come-to-armenian-fest-for-shish-kabob-and-more.html

 It’s almost time for one of the longest-running ethnic celebrations in the area—Armenian Fest (7825 W. Layton Ave., Greenfield). Although it may not garner as much attention as some of the lakefront ethnic festivals, Armenian fest

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Street Eats Meets Urban Island Beach Party - Shepherd Express hits the beach with NEWaukee at Lakeshore State Park http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23643-street-eats-meets-urban-island-beach-party-shepherd-express-hits-the-beach-with-newaukee-at-lakeshore-state-park.html

 The Shepherd Express is joining with NEWaukee for the upcoming fourth annual Urban Island Beach Party. This year, the Shepherd is adding to the fun by running its popular Street Eats Mobile Food Festival as part of the party

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The European-Style Baltica Tea Room and Gift Shop http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23607-the-european-style-baltica-tea-room-and-gift-shop.html

 In the hustle and bustle of our busy schedules, it’s sometimes hard to find a moment to sit back and relax. But when you do, Baltica Bistro (223 N. Franklin St., Port Washington) is the perfect place to savor those moments of serenity. Located in a restored 1854 Italianate-style J. Thill building

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Uppa Yard’s Jamaican Curry and Jerk Chicken http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23608-uppa-yard%25E2%2580%2599s-jamaican-curry-and-jerk-chicken.html

Green, yellow and black decor? Bob Marley pictures? The toasting of a dancehall reggae mix tape mingling with savory aromas in the air? Check!  If the patois name doesn’t give away the ethnicity of the cuisine, the surroundings at Uppa Yard (4925 W. Fond du Lac Ave.) surely signal Jamaica. A

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Southern Style at Mama Nana http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23578-southern-style-at-mama-nana.html

 Mama Nana’s Pick-Mar Family Restaurant (7276 N. Teutonia Ave.) merits bypassing the chain joints nearby. The TVs aren’t too loud as to impede conversation and for those not in the mood for the African American specialties, the menu is wide enough for most any appetite. But many of

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New Menu at Smyth - What’s up at the Iron Horse Hotel restaurant? http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23568-new-menu-at-smyth-what%25E2%2580%2599s-up-at-the-iron-horse-hotel-restaurant.html

 Over the past several years Milwaukee has been blessed to see an ever-increasing number of “casual fine dining” establishments, places where the food is elevated and the service is top notch, yet the environment is relaxed

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Wayne’s Classic Drive-in Experience http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23540-wayne%25E2%2580%2599s-classic-drive-in-experience.html

 If you’re out for a summer cruise and looking for a memorable food spot, drive out to Cedarburg for some tasty treats at Wayne’s Drive-In (1331 Covered Bridge Road). This ’50s-style drive-in serves up classic butter burgers, crispy fries and amazing shakes and malts made with Cedar Crest

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Elsa’s, Downtown Milwaukee’s Enduring Classic - Comfort food served with class http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23524-elsa%25E2%2580%2599s-downtown-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-enduring-classic-comfort-food-served-with-class.html

After more than 30 years in the same Downtown spot, Elsa’s classic, never-out-of-fashion look has endured. Patrons

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Casually Elegant Spanish Dining - Come to Racine’s Olde Madrid http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23504-casually-elegant-spanish-dining-come-to-racine%25E2%2580%2599s-olde-madrid.html

 Stepping into Olde Madrid in Downtown Racine on a busy Saturday evening, you’re met by a hospitable staff and some enticing aromas. The dining room seats just 60, but it features a bar where you can sample the eclectic wine list while awaiting your table. The bistro’s positive attitude

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Northpoint Custard: Burgers With a View http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23505-northpoint-custard-burgers-with-a-view.html

 Few things are better on a hot day along the lakeshore than a delicious burger and some refreshing custard. Northpoint Custard (2272 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive) at Bradford Beach is perfect for grabbing a quick

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Rocket Baby Lands in Bay View http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23426-rocket-baby-lands-in-bay-view.html

 One of Tosa’s treasures, Rocket Baby Bakery, has expanded its profile by opening an outlet in Bay View. The new venue (2452 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.) is tucked into a glass, steel and cement storefront alongside Community Bark Dog Wash & Coffee Bar. The small setting lacks the charm of the Tosa

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Small Plates and Small Parties at Ardent - East Side hideaway with a fresh, understated menu http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23430-small-plates-and-small-parties-at-ardent-east-side-hideaway-with-a-fresh-understated-menu.html

Ardent opened quietly on Milwaukee’s East Side in the latter part of 2013. It is a discreet setting, a bit isolated in an area better known for carryout pizza and Thai fare. You enter by walking down a

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Double B’s Wood Smoked Perfection http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23395-double-b%25E2%2580%2599s-wood-smoked-perfection.html

 Summer is all about firing up the grill and enjoying some delicious barbecue. That’s great if you have time and energy to spare. But if you want incredible barbecue without all of the fuss, head over to Double B’s BBQ in West Allis (7420 W. Greenfield Ave.). Slow-smoked baby back ribs

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Anchored by Great, Affordable Entrées http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23396-anchored-by-great-affordable-entrees.html

The bowl of red snapper soup served with a small carafe of sherry is only one sign that The Anchorage (4700 N. Port Washington Road) isn’t merely a hotel restaurant, despite its location off the lobby of the Hilton. Commanding a panoramic view of the Milwaukee River and a split-level bar and

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Serving Delightful Dinners - Zak’s Café’s winning evening menu http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23387-serving-delightful-dinners-zak%25E2%2580%2599s-cafe%25E2%2580%2599s-winning-evening-menu.html

 Though café is part of its name, Zak’s Café is also a full-service restaurant/bar and a hidden treasure when it comes to evening dining. This two-story venue is cozy and welcoming, with mahogany and green hues back-dropped by Cream City Brick and adorned with beautiful artwork

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From Culinary Twists to Twisted Bistro - The food cart that added brick and mortar http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23357-from-culinary-twists-to-twisted-bistro-the-food-cart-that-added-brick-and-mortar.html

Jason Joyner and Amber Atlee, owners of the Culinary Twists food cart, celebrated the grand opening of the Twisted Bistro in March. The Culinary Twists cart, seen at farmers’ markets all around town last year, was known

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Catch a Game at Catch 22 Bar and Grill http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23358-catch-a-game-at-catch-22-bar-and-grill.html

 Looking for a sociable place to grab a burger, get a few drinks and watch a baseball, football or basketball game with a group of friends? Catch 22 Bar & Grill (770 N. Milwaukee St.) is the place to be. This relaxed sports bar has 22 TVs, daily specials, happy hours Monday-Friday 3-7 p.m. and

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A Local Favorite for Sushi - Kiku also serves the full range of Japanese cuisine http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23317-a-local-favorite-for-sushi-kiku-also-serves-the-full-range-of-japanese-cuisine.html

 For the past five years Kiku has been one of Milwaukee’s favorite sushi restaurants. A frequent entry in the Shepherd Express’ Best of Milwaukee Readers’ Choice Awards, Kiku was voted Best Japanese Restaurant several times. Located on the busy corner of Wisconsin Avenue and Second

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BB’s: Wisconsin Avenue’s New Restaurant http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23318-bb%25E2%2580%2599s-wisconsin-avenue%25E2%2580%2599s-new-restaurant.html

 BB’s (which stands for Build-a-Breakfast, Build-a-Burger) is a restaurant and bar co-owned by Alaa Musa (of Casablanca on Brady Street) and Omar Amin. This casual dining spot opened earlier this month and is all about creating your own meals. Breakfast is served all day with customizable

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Warm Welcome at Cafe La Scala - Classic Italian fare without the fuss http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23275-warm-welcome-at-cafe-la-scala-classic-italian-fare-without-the-fuss.html

 On the eastern edge of Milwaukee’s trendy Third Ward, practically at the front gates of the Summerfest grounds, Cafe La Scala has been quietly turning out Italian favorites at budget-friendly prices for several years. Although

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Washington Park's Bus Stop Coffee Shop http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23281-washington-parks-bus-stop-coffee-shop.html

 In 2013, Pat Gleason and his wife Jeanette opened Bus Stop Coffee Shop (4424 W. Lisbon Ave.), a homey café in a historic building offering fresh bakery made daily in house, delicious Stone Creek Coffee and Rishi Tea, and some of the best hospitality around. This warmly lit space has

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Port Washington's Restaurant with a View - Newport Shores’ great fish and seafood dishes http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23239-port-washingtons-restaurant-with-a-view-newport-shores%25E2%2580%2599-great-fish-and-seafood-dishes.html

The City of Port Washington in Ozaukee County is cherished for its scenic harbor and if you’re looking for a beautiful view of Lake Michigan while dining, Newport Shores (407 E. Jackson St.) is the coastal place to choose

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Caterina's Italian Tradition http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23240-caterinas-italian-tradition.html

 With Mediterranean plastered walls and booths under wooden trellises, the romantic ambiance of Caterina’s Ristorante (9104 W. Oklahoma Ave.) is hard to beat. The lighting is low, but not so dark that you can’t see your companion’s face. The traditional Italian menu is full of favorites in the major

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Looking for Vietnamese Noodles? - Mequon restaurant serves pho, seafood and veggie dinners http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23199-looking-for-vietnamese-noodles-men-restaurant-serves-pho-seafood-and-veggie-dinners.html

 The last two or three years saw a flurry of new Vietnamese restaurants, but the past year has not been kind to them. Pho 43, Pho 27 and Pho Hai Tuyet (Bayside location)

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Tasty Fish Fry at Wildflowers Restaurant http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23201-tasty-fish-fry-at-wildflowers-restaurant.html

 If you’re seeking a family friendly restaurant with a good fish fry, then set Country Springs Hotel’s Wildflowers Restaurant (2810 Golf Road, Pewaukee) as your next dinner destination. Available every Friday 4:30-10 p.m., Wildflowers’ offers all-you-can-eat beer-battered cod ($13.25)

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Make Your Own Pizza - Blaze in Brookfield offers variety and friendly service http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23167-make-your-own-pizza-blaze-in-brookfield-offers-variety-and-friendly-service.html

 Wisconsin’s most recent California culinary import comes in the form of a new Blaze Pizza franchise that opened in late 2013. Blaze offers a 21st-century approach to

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Three Stack Shack Serves Savory Southern Comfort http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23157-three-stack-shack-serves-savory-southern-comfort.html

 Celebrated as Wauwatosa’s pioneer food truck, Three Stack Shack has reintroduced “real BBQ” to an area in serious need of some savory Southern comfort. Serving up Carolina pulled-pork sandwiches, generously cut St. Louis smoked ribs

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Enjoy Wisconsin’s True Heritage: Beer, Cheese and Sausage at Stein & Dine http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23123-enjoy-wisconsin%25E2%2580%2599s-true-heritage-beer-cheese-and-sausage-at-stein-dine.html

 Last year, more than 2,000 people enjoyed the Shepherd Express’ first annual beer, cheese and sausage festival Stein & Dine and in about a week, they can do it again. On April 26, the Shepherd Express will celebrate

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