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.
When it comes to Milwaukee food institutions, according to our Best of Dining poll voters, Kopp's still holds the crown.
With three locations spread nicely around the city in Brookfield, Greenfield and Glendale, the local icon once again dominated this category thanks to its big beefy burgers – which already cooked up a win earlier in Dining Month in the best burger vote – and beloved frozen custard.
Even with just four flavors – vanilla, chocolate and two rotating flavors of the day – Kopp's delectable desserts scored more than double the votes of its next closest competition, fellow frozen custard phenomenon Leon's. Meanwhile, the savory-focused hotspots of Five O'Clock Steakhouse, Swingin' Door Exchange and Mader's wrapped up the top five.
And as for the OnMilwaukee editors, they went with a different burger for their classic Milwaukee must: Mazo's.
But Milwaukeeans young and old have been raised craving Kopp's custard – and considering its performance once again here against its fellow Milwaukee food landmarks, we don't see that tradition ending anytime soon.
OnMilwaukee editors' pick: Mazo's
Lori Fredrich's pick: Mader's
It’s been a tough year. We’ve lost two of our citiy's oldest establishments, Karl Ratzsch and Watts Tea Shop, to a swiftly changing market. They are losses that cut deeply into the fibers upon which Milwaukee was founded. For that reason, I’m casting my vote for Mader’s, one of the city’s oldest remaining German restaurants. Established in 1902, the business has operated consistently and (remarkably) remained in the Mader family for three generations. Zum wohl, Mader’s!