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Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009
Despite the name, when you enter Lucky Liu’s you feel as if you have entered a small Japanese restaurant. It is an attractive place with a spare decor, wooden floors, simple tables and a four-seat sushi bar. Then the menu arrives and it is an even divide between things Japanese...
Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009

Shines as a Neighborhood Grocer

The G. Groppi Food Market (1441 E. Russell Ave.) is one of those increasing rarities: a small neighborhood grocer. This is the type of store to which people walk rather than drive. Though it appears small from the outside, it manages to stock a decent selection, from produce to a...
Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009
With few windows facing the street and an entryway comprised of heavy wooden doors, the exterior of El Fuego resembles an oversized Spanish Colonial hacienda. Inside, however, things change dramatically. The theme is Disney-style Mexican, featuring two dining rooms...
Monday, July 27, 2009
I've had a chance to dig into the mailbag and give some well-deserved recognition to some of the readers who have graciously added their suggestions. Without further adieu Cycles Gladiator 2006 Merlot - When a bartender gives an honest recommendation, listen. Jen C. mentioned this merlot and I decided to give it a swing. Cycles Gladiator was...
Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Offers Charm with Its Pies

The delightful Highland Park Pies and Cafe has a new name, Birdie’s Cafe (4110 W. Martin Drive). Thankfully, though, little else has changed. Located inside a former private residence, Birdie’s exudes charm with a fireplace in the main room, a conservatory with slate floors and a few...
Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Surprises with Excellent Prime Rib, Fish Fry

First impressions can be deceiving. At Victor’s on Van Buren, the bar is an active meeting place, the music is loud and there is a metal dance floor straight from the ’70s disco era. But in the earlier, quieter hours, Victor’s reveals itself to be an enjoyable full-service restaurant as well.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Owners of Hi Hat, Comet Cafe deliver another winner

Leslie Montemurro and Scott Johnson know how to run an empire—a restaurant/bar empire, to be exact. Since opening their first venture, Fuel Cafe, they have added a growing number of venues to their list of successes. These venues are not mere carbon copies of one another, but places...
Monday, July 20, 2009
Ah, summertime. Fresh vegetables and herbs. All the natural yumminess you'd ever want, right there for the taking at your local farmer's market or in your backyard if you're lucky enough to be able to keep things a'growing. I know that I focus a lot on what to eat with grilled food during seasons like this, but I'm just as likely to want something light...
Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Sakura Japan Brings Sushi to Waukesha

At this rate, downtown Waukesha could become a dining destination. First came the Clarke Hotel, whose Black Trumpet brings fine, if very pricey, dining to this community. Less than a block away is another new establishment of note, Sakura Japan (332 W. Broadway). The site’s old commercial...
Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Quality ingredients, vegan options abound

While Alterra Coffee and Rio West Cantina on Humboldt Boulevard are the most noticeable of Riverwest’s continuing revitalization, it’s the enterprise of Center Street, already home to Fuel Cafe, Stonefly Brewery and Club Timbuktu, that is the most interesting. In June, centro cafe...

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