By Julie Lawrence Special to Published Nov 14, 2007 at 5:09 AM Photography: Andy Tarnoff

The votes are in and the winners have been selected for OnMilwaukee's Best: Eat & Drink, 2007. The results of this readers' poll, including an editors' pick, are available in this series of articles that run all month long in the Bars and Clubs section of

Scott Johnson and Leslie Montemurro just have the Milwaukee Midas touch, don't they? Everything those two touch turns to gold, and stays that way, even as newer places open up in booming areas of town.

Johnson and Montemurro were among the first to recognize Bay View's potential and the community has been thanking them with ample business at Palomino ever since it opened five years ago at 2491 S. Superior St.

Palomino's menu is geared toward the punk rock cowboy, especially the kind with a hearty appetite. But this isn't your typical bar fare -- it's a little kitschy, it's a little rock and roll and it serves some of the best deep fried (and vegan-friendly) food in town. Come hungry, but save room for a few drinks. editor's choice: Burnhearts

2. Bar Lulu
3. At Random
4. Club Garibaldi
5. The Highbury Pub
6. Cactus Club
7. Palm Tavern
8. Burnhearts
9. Carleton Grange Pub
10. Hector's South
11. Frank's Power Plant
12. Groove
13. Roman's
14. Home Bar
15. Lee's Lounge



Julie Lawrence Special to staff writer Julie Lawrence grew up in Wauwatosa and has lived her whole life in the Milwaukee area.

As any “word nerd” can attest, you never know when inspiration will strike, so from a very early age Julie has rarely been seen sans pen and little notebook. At the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee it seemed only natural that she major in journalism. When offered her an avenue to combine her writing and the city she knows and loves in late 2004, she knew it was meant to be. Around the office, she answers to a plethora of nicknames, including “Lar,” (short for “Larry,” which is short for “Lawrence”) as well as the mysteriously-sourced “Bill Murray.”