Season's eatings! The weather may be getting colder, but Dining Month on OnMilwaukee is just cooking up, dishing out your winning picks in this year's Best of Dining poll. Dining Month is brought to you by Fein Brothers, your premier food service equipment and supply dealer in Wisconsin since 1929. Congratulations to all of the winners, and happy eating for all those who voted! See all the winners for the month so far here.
Purple Door Ice Cream
Yes, you read that correctly: In the custard capital of the world, ice cream took the No. 1 spot. Specifically, Purple Door Ice Cream took the top spot – and we know why. The corner ice cream shop serves some pretty unique flavors and focuses on using as many local ingredients as possible, from Lakefront beer to Anodyne coffee. Even in winter, the line is normally out the door during peak hours.
Custard came in second with Kopp's, followed by Honeypie, Le Reve and Leon's.
OnMilwaukee editor's pick: La Merenda
Lori Fredrich's pick: EsterEv
Those who know me particularly well understand that I don’t have the biggest sweet tooth on the block. I’ve been known to relish sugary treats; but it often takes something particularly special to "wow" me, particularly after a truly delicious meal. And I’ve had some of the best this year at EsterEv, the tasting room only restaurant inside of dandan where pastry chef Jaceleen Latin-Monagle showcases some of her most creative work in artful dessert courses that capture comfort (in creations like "confetti cake") or harness both intense flavors and textures (like caramel corn) in a single dish. It’s a rare and wonderful place where the desserts are at least as good as the savory courses that precede them.