Season's eatings! October may be over, but Dining Month on OnMilwaukee, presented by the restaurants of Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, is still cooking, dishing out your winning picks in this year's Best of Dining poll. Congratulations to all of the winners, and happy eating for all those who voted!
Smoke is a crucial ingredient in cooking up delicious barbecue, so it seems only fitting that smoke played a role in this year's best barbecue poll – in that Atlas BBQ smoked the competition.
The Grafton-based beacon of barbecue dominated the rest of the field, scoring almost twice as many votes as the second place finisher The Smoke Shack and stormed past beloved barbecue favorites – including former winners Speed Queen and Ashley's. Even with the 30-mile trek out of Downtown, barbecue fiends can't seem to stay away from Atlas' delectable dry-rubbed meats and various sauces, spanning the globe from East (Korean-style), West (Texas-style), North (classic tomato-based), South (North Carolina-style) and the forebodingly titled X (spicy, obviously).
Atlas BBQ, along with Ashley's and Pat's Rib Place, all scored well with the foodie picks as well, though the voters went with The Smoke Shack and Speed Queen to fill out the rest of their top five instead of Paulee's Barbacoa and Pop's BBQ.