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"I'd die a happy man."
"I'd die a happy man."

My last supper

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."

Maybe this is something that happens to you as you age, but several people I know are fond of playing the "what if there was just one..." game. As in, "what if there was just one sport you could watch the rest of your life?" or "what if there was just one movie you could see the rest of your life?"

But what about a meal? Kind of like a food bucket list, but not a list. Only one thing on the list. So, what if there was just one meal you could eat the rest of your life, what would it be?

The temptation is to limit it to one thing, like a steak. But this question includes a meal, which is an entree, sides and maybe even a dessert. The question is a lot harder than it seems.

But my answer is pretty much locked into place and has been for many years.

Mine would be a cheeseburger and crispy fries from Solly's followed by a glass of milk and their fresh Door County cherry pie. I know eating it every meal wouldn't be that healthy, but at least I'd die a happy man.

Any other suggestions?

Will servers tell you the truth?
Will servers tell you the truth?

"How's the ___?"

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."

Sometimes I'm absolutely amazed at how stupid I can be in a restaurant.

I have no idea how many times I've asked a server a question that goes something like, "Is it good?" or "how's the (fill in the blank)?"

For some reason I think that the server is going to tell me the truth and steer me away from something on the menu and toward something else.

I can't imagine the reaction of an owner who hears a server tell a customer that something "isn't all that good."

I wonder if I'm alone in this or whether other people ask the question and whether they've ever gotten a truthful answer. Seems to me that would inspire serious loyalty to the place.

Kudos, Miss Katie's.
Kudos, Miss Katie's.

The little things are no yolk

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."

Sometimes it's the little things that make a meal worth remembering.

Miss Katie's Diner, one of the Picciurro boys' places, does it right with the dish Bill Clinton made famous.

Clinton visited the diner, at 1900 W. Clybourn St., in 2008.

During his visit, he had the corned beef hash with two eggs. I went Big Bill's way the other night and the hash was about as good as it gets. With two eggs over easy, it made a great meal.

But what really made it special were the thick slices of Italian toast that came with it. Done perfectly so that you can use the slices to sop up the eggs, it was a little thing that took the meal from the better than average into the superlative area.

Like lots of things in life, it's the little things that matter.

Don't vote, send money.
Don't vote, send money.

Election exhaustion

I can hardly bear to turn on my television set because I am so sick of election campaigns.

From the governor's race through the recall, through the senate primary and now through the Obama/Romney thing, I am sick of it. I'm sick of lies and complaints and accusations and claims and counterclaims.

I can hardly wait for the whole thing to be over.

This past weekend things reached some kind of nadir for me as the cable channels and just about everyone else reported breathlessly about the amount of money the two presidential candidates raised last month.

Obama raised this incredible amount ($53 gazillion or something) and Romney did him one better with something like $54 gazillion or something. I could hardly believe it.

The lead item on the news was about how much money these two campaigns had raised. I was stunned, but it gave me an idea.

Let's not even vote any more. Let's just have a time frame and let the candidates go raise money. Whoever gets the most money in that time frame gets to be president. And the loser has to give all his money to charity.

Can't be any worse than the system we have now.