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The great view from this Third Ward restaurant's rooftop patio helped make it Milwaukee's best new restaurant of 2011. (PHOTO: Scott Starr)

Milwaukee's best new restaurant, 2011: Cafe Benelux


For the fifth 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 2011."

Your votes are in, Milwaukee, and you have selected the winners of OnMilwaukee's Best Dining 2011. 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.

The fifth of the Lowlands Group's European-style cafes in the Milwaukee area, Cafe Benelux has taken off since opening its doors in June.

A big part of Benelux's success is due to its beautiful rooftop patio. The second-story open-air dining space offers a great view from atop the former Good Harvest Market space, something diners are more than willing to take advantage of during the warmer summer months.

The restaurant still has plenty to offer inside, too. Like the group's other restaurants, Cafe Benelux specializes in European fare, but Benelux also serves up half-pound burgers, mussels and the sweet and savory pannenkoeken, a large thin pancake that is standard fare in The Netherlands.

Here at OnMilwaukee.com, our attention has been captured by another Third Ward dining spot with a view. Ryan Braun's Graffito offers from-scratch Italian dining, a great spot overlooking the river and even a little celebrity spotting if you're lucky.

OnMilwaukee.com editors' choice: Ryan Braun's Graffito

Runners-up:
2. Ryan Braun's Graffito
3. Industri Cafe
4. Screaming Tuna
5. Oscar's on Pierce
6. Milwaukee Sail Loft
7. El Beso
8. Dick's Pizza
9. Attebury's Pub
10. Salvatore's Pizzeria
11. Miss Saigon
12. Lo-Cash Live
13. Cafe India
14. Keywestconsin
15.Cafe Plaza Venezuela


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INdustri Cafe | Oct. 25, 2011 at 7:27 p.m. (report)

Thanks to all those that voted for INdustri Cafe! It's an honor to be listed with some really great restaurants! Cheers and congrats to all.

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BrewCityAllstar | Oct. 6, 2011 at 12:59 p.m. (report)

Not quite, Milrockee... if the service is terrible, then it IS the same as the other ones.

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LoCash_Live | Oct. 5, 2011 at 10:38 p.m. (report)

Lo-Cash thanks ya'll for the votes and the mention #12 Best Dam Southern BBQ in the City (we think so) under 10 bucks and we know for sure we also have the BEST MILWAUKEE MUSICIANS playing our stage Wed-Sat Never a Cover. Hot Dam see ya'll soon! JC

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OCMEX | Oct. 5, 2011 at 12:53 p.m. (report)

Go online and read reviews of this place. I am amazed they can even still be open with such negative feedback. Lowlands must have rode all their employees to stuff the ballot box.

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milROCKeeguy | Oct. 5, 2011 at 8:13 a.m. (report)

BAYreviewer, it is the same as all of the other ones...except the service is terrible. The only reason it won is because it is linked to the other ones.

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