Best Middle Eastern, 2007: Casablanca
The votes are in and the winners have been selected for OnMilwaukee's Best: Eat & Drink, 2007. The results of this readers' poll, including an editors' pick, are available in this series of articles that run all October long during Dining Month on OnMilwaukee.com.
Casablanca joined the Brady Street dining family in late 2005, after long stints at 730 W. Mitchell St. and on Oakland Avenue in Shorewood.
The dinner menu features several varieties of lamb -- roast lamb, lamb kebabs, shawarma and lamb steak -- as well as chicken bathed in garlic, spices, onions and crushed berries and tenderloin kebabs.
The weekday lunch buffet, however, is another animal entirely.
The all-you-can eat buffet for only $6.95 features something one finds hard to get anywhere else in town: an entirely meatless smorgasbord of flavors of silky smooth hummus, tuboleh, babaghannoj, stuffed falafel and other delights accompanied with pieces of delectably toasted pita bread.
Casablanca seems to be holding strong at 728 E. Brady St., a spot that has seen numerous turnovers over the years, from Sherman's on Brady to Tarantino's Beyond the Sea, to Di Salvo & Brennan's, the short-lived Rudolph Valentino's, and the more recent Club 728.
OnMilwaukee.com editors' choice: Shaharazad
8. 2 Sweet
RJ | Oct. 25, 2007 at 9:37 a.m. (report)
The restaurant Au Bon Appetit has closed, though there is still a catering operation based in the Third Ward. Casablanca has tasty food, but the menu isn't too adventurous beyond the usual shwarma, shish kebabs, etc. Shiraz seems to have the most adventurous Middle Eastern menu in metro Milwaukee, but still--as far as I know--no restaurant offers Chicken or Duck Fesanjan (a fairly classic dish).
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