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Paper plates piled with cheap comfort food. Yep, that's Conejito's.

Milwaukee's best cheap eats, 2012


For the sixth straight year, October is Dining Month on OnMilwaukee.com, presented by Concordia University. All month, we're stuffed with restaurant reviews, delectable features, chef profiles and unique articles on everything food, as well as the winners of our "Best of Dining 2012."

Your votes are in, Milwaukee, and you have selected the winners of OnMilwaukee's Best Dining 2012. We're announcing the results of this readers' poll, including our editors' pick, in a series of articles that run all October long during Dining Month on OnMilwaukee.com.

Once again, Milwaukee cheap-eats mainstay Conejito's Place nabbed the top spot in the category.

Since 1972, Conejito's has served filling Mexican food to crowds of regulars for $5 or less per plate. And speaking of plates, all of the meals, with the exception of the mole and the ribs, are dished out on paper plates – part of the trademark Conejito's experience and a sign of a dining spot that's providing its food without frills.

The decor features pots filled with dead plants hanging from the ceiling and lots of bunny images from stuffed to painted ("Conejito" means "bunny" in Spanish and was the nickname of the owner, Jose Garza, who passed away in 2010).

Plus, most nights Johnny Cash or the Spanish-language version of "Happy Birthday" will blare from the old jukebox at least once during a visit.

The OnMilwaukee.com editors agree that Conejito's is the best joint in town for cheap eats. And don't forget to wash it all down with a house margarita.

OnMilwaukee.com editors' choice: Conejito's

Runners-up:

2. Kopp's
3. Oakland Gyros
4. Classic Slice
5. Ian's Pizza
6. Real Chili
7. Nessun Dorma
8. Leff's Lucky Town
9. Dogg Haus
10. George Webb
11. McBob's
12. Times Square Bistro
13. Bombay Sweets
14. The Gyro Stand
15. Griddler's Cafe


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