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Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012

Short Orders

In recent years the city has seen an increase in Vietnamese restaurants specializing in pho, the classic Vietnamese noodle soup served in huge bowls and in many variations. Most of the pho eateries are concentrated on Milwaukee's South Side. Toward...
Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012
Milwaukee restaurateur and chef Dean Cannestra, owner of Nessun Dorma and Libiamo restaurants, insists that the secret to a good marinara sauce is “sweetness.” Cannestra prefers to cook his tomatoes for a shorter period of time, in order to...
Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012
Fish fries are a remarkably rigid local tradition. Reluctant to mess with a proven favorite, restaurants take few liberties with their Friday specials, so diners will find essentially the same meal regardless of where they go: fish, rye bread, coleslaw and...
Thursday, June 9, 2011

Inviting space, imaginative food make Brookfield restaurant stand out

Among the few area restaurants devoted to vegetarian food, most have basic settings. One exception is Café Manna, which opened in Brookfield Town Centre in 2008. Located in the building just east of Sendik's Market, Café Manna is an inviting place to dine...
Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Villa's Oaxacan specialties

The area bordered by National and Lincoln avenues, between First and 35th streets, boasts dozens of small Mexican restaurants, many with signs in Spanish only. Some are good and some are mediocre, so finding a decent one can be a bit of a gamble. Occupying the same block as...
Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Byron’s on the river

While many restaurants are going out of business, some are just being revamped. Chef/owner John Chitko converted his high-end restaurant Yaffa into Byron’s, which he calls a beer garden and bistro. Yaffa’s pan-Mediterranean format has nearly vanished—gone are the Moroccan tagines and that great vegetarian...
Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Serbian Lunch

Ilija’s Place (3701 E. Squire Ave.) is a former corner bar on a side street in Cudahy. It’s worth looking for. Inside is a friendly ethnic sensory overload with walls covered in icons, geometric patterned rugs, prints illustrating Serbian history and musical instruments. Most lunches (11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.) are $11 or less...
Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009

Charro’s Latin fusion

Milwaukee Street is getting another makeover, and once again Omar Shaikh and Tom Wackman are responsible for the change. The duo also owns Kenadee’s and Carnevor, and last year opened Umami Moto (in the former Eve) as part of a growing empire of restaurants and lounges that exude coolness.
Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009

Casablanca’s Middle Eastern flavor

Casablanca provides a perfect example of a restaurant settling on the right location. Chef/owner Jesse Musa first opened Casablanca at Mitchell Street more than 20 years ago. He then relocated to Oakland Avenue, only to return to Mitchell Street a few years later. In 2001 the restaurant closed its doors, but in 2005...

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