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."
For each of the 50 categories in the annual OnMilwaukee.com Best of Milwaukee Dining poll, we, as a team select our "editors' choice." Many of them I agree with, and some I don't. But in the spirit of democracy, I don't refute any of them.
However, in some categories, I have very real favorites and so in those, I humbly offer up my picks ...
Best Restaurant: Western Suburbs
Ristorante Bartolotta. The best Italian restaurant in town.
Ted's. Mostly for the counter seating and the vibe. Though the food's good, too.
Blue's Egg. A good mix of hearty and haute.
Oscar's on Pierce. The burger's great and Oscar's a nice guy, to boot.
Cafe Hollander Tosa. Great people watching and, for the kids, trainspotting.
Best Fish Fry
Kegel's Inn. A traditional fish fry in a traditional setting. Sadly, these are becoming harder to find.
Calderone Club. It's a thinner crust than I tend to love, but I find myself craving C-Club pizza pretty often.
Le Reve. The most sumptuous desserts, often for about $5. That can't even cover the labor, much less the ingredients. The best and most delicious dessert bargain in town.
Best Hot Dogs/Sausages
Write-in: Usinger's. Visit the shop and you can enjoy a wiener on-site.
Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant
Organ Piper Music Palace. Like Ted's, this one is all about the ambience.
Best Milwaukee Food Product
Usinger's sausage. A long, distinguished old Milwaukee tradition that is as tasty as ever.
Club Garibaldi. The wings are delicious, plus there's sometimes live music and always a neighborhood corner tavern feel.
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