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Repairers of the Breach provides vital services to the city’s neediest residents. Led by MacCanon Brown, this pioneering program serves between 130 and 150 homeless adults each day. In addition to a health clinic that opened earlier this month at 1335 W. Vliet St., this nonprofit serves Milwaukee’s homeless......

Milwaukee Alderperson

The blessing and the curse of representing the politically engaged 3rd District is that, well, it’s so politically engaged. But we think that Alderman Nik Kovac has handled the issues of the East Side and UW-Milwaukee community well. He asks for his constituents’ input on development projects, which can......

Milwaukee County Supervisor

What can we say about the Milwaukee County Board’s Renaissance Man that hasn’t already been said? Gerry Broderick is a former Milwaukee police officer, high-school teacher, acclaimed artist and small-business owner who has an encyclopedic knowledge of local politics. And he’s a humorous and unfailingly......

Local Entrepreneur

A true entrepreneur is a visionary who can see beyond the conventional wisdom and turn a vision into a reality. Jim Godsil is such a person, a man who has been one of the pioneers in urban agriculture in Milwaukee. He had the vision to see that in a city that was proudly built on beer and heavy, gritty industry......

Milwaukee’s Jerk of the Year

The readers and the critics agree on this one. There wasn’t much competition for this honor, since Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker beat the second-place finisher by almost 5 to 1. So where do we begin? Let’s start with Walker’s complete phoniness—on the county budget and his laughable tax......

Job

Shepherd Express account executive is Milwaukee’s best job for a highly motivated, self-confident individual with a strong work ethic and desire to win. Shepherd Express account executives have the freedom to excel and set their own salary level. The Shepherd is a great place to work and was named one......

Local Radio Personality

If anyone in this city embodies the “Do what you love and success will follow” adage, it’s Tom Crawford, station manager and DJ for WMSE. His relationship with the indie station began in the early-’80s when his band was interviewed on-air and three of their songs were played. By 1983 Crawford was rocking the......

Milwaukee Landmark

Despite the best efforts of narrow-minded bureaucrats to tear it down, the Hoan Bridge is priceless for residents of Bay View and south lakeshore communities—an easy link to Downtown and the freeway system. Aside from its utility, the Hoan’s graceful arches have become Milwaukee’s modest answer to the......

State Legislator

North Side Rep. Tamara Grigsby has used her social work background well since being elected to the state Assembly in 2004. As the chair of the Committee on Children and Families, Grigsby had to protect the embattled but necessary Wisconsin Shares program from attacks from Republicans—who want to kill the......

African Restaurant

Africa is a large continent with many nations, so talking about African food is similar to speaking of European food (do you mean fish and chips or pasta?). Ethiopian Cottage is a fine representative of the food of East Africa, where injera—a soft, crepe-like sourdough bread—serves as plate, utensil and part......

Best Beer for Snobs Pretending Not to Be Beer Snobs

Not every beer outing calls for a fedora hat, double pinky rings and the loud proclamation that you “only drink imports served between 46 and 46.5 degrees Fahrenheit,” but that doesn’t mean you have to leave your discerning taste at home. Those looking to enjoy a quality craft beer while avoiding the tag of beer......

Buffalo Wings

The Hideaway may be off the beaten path, but that certainly doesn’t keep devotees from making the trek to Franklin for the restaurant’s stellar Buffalo wings. The plump pieces of poultry are dredged in homemade breading, fried and tossed in a customer’s choice of nine flavorful sauces—wimpy, medium, hot, inferno......

Best Buffet

Casablanca struck gold with its wonderful weekday vegetarian buffets at lunchtime, an array augmented by chicken and lamb on Sundays (you can also ask for meat during the week if you’re really hungry for it). For anyone unfamiliar with the flavorful but seldom too spicy cuisine of the Near East, Casablanca’s buffet is an......

Burger

A clear conscience has a powerful effect on the palate. Sobelman’s Tallgrass Grill makes big, juicy burgers with beef from the Tallgrass Beef Co. Unlike cattle raised on a traditional feedlot, where they’re kept in pens and fed grain, Tallgrass cattle live in pastures where they’re free to graze on grass at their own pace......

Cheap Eats/Hangover Breakfast

About hangovers, humorist Robert Benchley said, “A real hangover is nothing to try out family remedies on. The only cure for a real hangover is death.” OK. But before you step in front of a bus, we suggest you grab a stool at your local Webb’s and, understanding that the definition of “breakfast” is subjective, ask for the......

Coffee Shop

Beyond serving us some of the world’s best coffee beans and tea leaves, as well as some of the tastiest locally sourced food in the city, the owners of Alterra have given Milwaukee and surrounding suburbs a comfortable haven, a place where customers can hatch ideas, write novels, create art, share conversation......

Delivery Menu

The name Pizza Shuttle doesn’t convey the true scope of the restaurant’s massive delivery menu: Just About Everything You Can Imagine Shuttle would be far more fitting. Subs, wraps, pitas, burgers, hot dogs, gyros, salads, desserts, soups, pasta dinners and fried chicken are among the more conventional offerings, but if......

Fish Fry

The almighty Wisconsin fish fry—traditionally comprised of battered fish, french fries or potato pancakes, coleslaw, a slice of rye bread, a side of tartar sauce and one or two slices of lemon—is a source of civic pride here in Milwaukee, a weekly Friday-night tradition that’s celebrated year-round. Tess, a quaint......

Frozen Custard

In truth, pretty much all frozen custard is great. The FDA requires frozen custard to contain at least 10% milkfat, and it’s practically impossible to botch a treat that decadent. For the most memorable custard experience, though, you can’t beat the Old Milwaukee, drive-in feel of Leon’s, a neon-lit South Side......

Alt-Country Band

There’s no shortage of folk and roots bands paying tribute to a bygone era of American music; rarer are the groups that build on and truly advance America’s roots-music tradition. Among the handful doing so locally is Juniper Tar, a five-piece ensemble that drapes its songs in gorgeous three-part harmonies and......

Club DJ

DJ Kid Cut Up and his fellow DJs in the No Request crew have built a local empire around a very simple premise: spinning independent and alternative hip-hop alongside commercial rap. It’s a balanced formula that keeps hip-hop fans of all persuasions happy and, more importantly, keeps crowds dancing......

Rap/Hip-Hop Artist

It’s no coincidence that Neptunes producer Pharrell Williams has taken Milwaukee rapper Prophetic under his wing. Prophetic is one of the local hip-hop scene’s greatest wordsmiths, a focused storyteller who raps with the poised confidence of Jay-Z, crafting economical narratives about hard work and success without......

Rock Band

Based on the wild art-punk of Call Me Lightning’s earliest releases, nobody could have predicted the mighty rock band the group would evolve into. The power-trio’s new album, When I Am Gone My Blood Will Be Free, is their best yet, a fierce and sweaty homage to The Who’s howling rock operas, telling epic......

Bang for Your Buck Bar

With an abundance of economical corner bars in just about every beloved Milwaukee neighborhood, the Shepherd Express had a particularly tough time deciding which establishment should hold the esteemed title of Best Bang for Your Buck Bar. Though the research was enjoyable (and surprisingly inexpensive), it was......

Bar Food

Club Garibaldi, one of Bay View’s most inclusive corner taps, doesn’t market its kitchen much, but it lays claim to one of the city’s most satisfying (and most overlooked) inexpensive burgers, a plump, immensely flavorful patty topped with lettuce, tomato and red onion and served with a pile of crispy fries—the......

Accommodation for Smokers

July 5, 2010—not only the first day of the much-discussed statewide smoking ban, but also a unique opportunity for Milwaukee bars to finally cleanse their somewhat neglected interiors of decades of indoor smoking. While many places have since built patios and beer gardens to prevent smokers from having to......

Beer Selection

Café Centraal stocks about 90 beers, including 23 on tap, each of which it serves in the proper glass. The restaurant’s selection of Belgian beers, many of them from small breweries, is especially inspired, and to keep things fresh the bar stocks a rotating assortment of rare seasonal brews. The best night to scratch the......

Brewery Tour

So it isn’t a brewery, but we felt special mention had to be made of the fun 45-minute tour available at Great Lakes Distillery in the Menomonee River Valley. When the craft distillery began producing its award-winning Rehorst Premium Milwaukee Vodka in 2006, it was the first Wisconsin distillery to open its doors......

Cocktail Lounge

Milwaukee’s oldest cocktail lounge also features what may be the most extensive list of drinks in the city. At least 450 adult beverages—from the flaming to the simple classics—can be mixed to order. But that’s only part of Bryant’s charm, of course. Stepping into this South Side institution is like walking into a time......

Open Mic Night

Few open-mic nights in Milwaukee have the history of Linneman’s long-running Wednesday night event, a magnet for talent from Milwaukee’s folk, rock and alt-country scenes. Many of the city’s finest songwriters proudly cite this open-mic as one of their first public performances, and the event continues to attract novice......

Weier Not Amused

Hey, Cleveland. How ya doing, little buddy? I heard the news. It’s all over the television and newspapers. Lebron is going to Miami. Tough break, I know. It just doesn’t seem to make any sense. I mean, why would he leave the 33rd largest city in America, and the home of the Rock and Roll Hall of......

Weier Not Amused

I’m so happy right now I’m bursting with joy. Life is great. I just got promoted to floor manager at Bath & Body Works, my sister had a baby, and Craig and I couldn’t be happier. I know what you’re thinking. My relationship with Craig hasn’t always been in the greatest condition. The 2009 Brewers......

June 18, 2010

I’m almost willing to bet my weight in Pabst Blue Ribbon that anyone who spends an hour watching Aziz Ansari will walk away talking just like him. Start by proposing an everyday fact about life or a weird situation, drop down low into a sort of gangster dialect and finish it off by talking really fast in a high......

Weier Not Amused

Greetings Milwaukee. You don’t know who I am, but I know most of you. I see what you do. I know what you like. You can’t hide from me. There is no escape. Don’t be alarmed. I’m completely harmless to your physical well-being. I’m not going to kidnap you children or impregnate you daughters. No, I just sit, and I watch......

Weier Not Amused

Lock up your children and bar your doors and windows—no place is safe anymore. They lurk in parking lots, malls, and restaurants. They walk among us undetected. They are our friends and co-workers. They are seemingly normal people until one moment—BAM!—they strike. Who are these elusive creatures......

May 7, 2010

On Friday May 7th, Milwaukee welcomed to the Pabst Theater a Saturday Night Live alum, a movie man and that guy that does voice-over work sometimes—Norm McDonald. He looks, well…different, but his comedy was as fresh as ever. It’s been a long times since Norm McDonald was behind......

Weier Not Amused

So you go out on a Saturday night. Maybe you gel up your ‘do real nice or put on your shiny, dancing shoes. I don’t really know. It’s your Saturday night. So you’re still all like, “I’m going to see some music.” But what kind of music, son? Smooth jazz? A screaming girl with a guitar and a mohawk? Polka, yeah hey? None of the above. You are going to see a...

April 24, 2010

Demetri Martin delivered a classic musical, educational and freaking hysterical set at The Pabst Theater on April 24. The shaggy-haired, man boy busted out the large sketch pad and a tiny guitar, as well as some sweet piano accompaniment to give everyone a little insight into the mind of a lunatic......

Weier Not Amused

Hey Becky, it’s your birthday. Yay! Congratulations lady friend. You are 27 today. Oh my God, you are like so old. Jk. Lol. But, seriously. It’s your day. You call the shots. Whatever you want to do, it will happen. If you want to go out for a fancy dinner at a restaurant way out of my price range, and then insist......

Weier Not Amused

For those freaks in the world who are actually athletically talented, sports injuries are a common occurrence. If you get on the field, you are going to get hurt. There’s no crying in baseball. But for the rest of the population who would rather roll off the couch to get another beer instead of wearing......