By OnMilwaukee Staff Writers   Published Oct 17, 2016 at 7:02 AM

For the 10th straight year, October is Dining Month on OnMilwaukee, presented by the restaurants of Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. All month, we're stuffed with restaurant reviews, dining guides, delectable features, chef profiles and unique articles on everything food, as well as voting for your "Best of Dining 2016."

Peter Sciortino's and Rocket Baby 

It looks like there isn't just one bakery taking the cake this time around in the annual OnMilwaukee Best of Dining readers poll. After Rocket Baby enjoyed the title alone last year, it now shares it with veteran Brady Street counterpart, Peter Sciortino's. 

Both bakeries offer up sweet treats – albeit of distinctly different varieties: French-influenced at Rocket Baby and Italian cookies at Sciortino's – and fresh bread. Rocket Baby also serves sandwiches, soups, salads and some breakfast dishes.

Runners up:
2. National Bakery and Deli
3. Simma's Bakery
4. Grebe's Bakery
5. Cranky Al's

Lori Fredrich's pick: Amaranth Bakery & Cafe 
As bakeries go, there aren’t many that are cuter than Amaranth Bakery & Cafe on Lisbon Avenue. Staff is engaging and responsive. Slow-fermented breads made with organic flour offer up a taste of the old world. The pecan brioche is on point. And even the coffee – an after-thought in some places – is always great, too.

This year we also asked a variety of prominent Milwaukeeans to weigh in on their pick for specific categories. For this category, we consulted Bruce Evans, executive chef at MATC. Evans' Pick: Le Reve Patisserie and Cafe

It’s an unrivaled bakery in the Milwaukee area.  They call it a patisserie and café, but when I envision a classic European bakery, Le Rêve is the bakery I see.  The display case is a collection of classic sweet and savory flavors, shapes and colors.  The sweets are prepared in the classic French tradition and presented in an overwhelming display showcasing chocolates, mousses, fresh berries, caramel, and various pastry crèmes.

Other menu items include French apple turnovers, a variety of croissants, and Danish pastries, just to name a few.  Saturday mornings wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the Wauwatosa Farmers Market, followed up by a cappuccino, a pistachio chocolate croissant or Berliner Beignets at Le Rêve.  My drop-dead favorites are the French macaron cookies – a flavored meringue cookie filled with French butter cream.  I can eat them like popcorn.