By OnMilwaukee Staff Writers   Published Oct 07, 2010 at 1:00 PM

The votes are in, and the winners have been selected for OnMilwaukee's Best Dining 2010. The results of this readers' poll, including an editors' pick, are available in this series of articles that run all October long during Dining Month on

For the second year, Milwaukee's best-known chef, Sanford "Sandy" D'Amato has edged out Adam Siegel as best chef in the Best Dining 2010 readers' poll.

In the biggest change over the past year, D'Amato has sold Coquette Cafe to a rising local chef, Nick Burki and is concentrating on Sanford, 1547 N. Jackson St., which he operates along with his wife, Angie.

A 1974 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, he returned to his hometown in 1980 to go to work in the kitchen at John Byron's. By the mid-1980s, D'Amato was named one of the nation's 25 "Hot New Chefs."

D'Amato opened his Sanford in what had been a family-owned grocery store nine years later. editors' choice: Nick Burki (Coquette Cafe)


2. Adam Siegel (Bacchus/Lake Park Bistro)
3. Adam Lucks (Comet)
4. Peter Sandroni (La Merenda)
5. Jason Gorman (Dream Dance Steak)
6. Sarah Jonas (Lulu/Juniper 61)
7. Juan Urbieta (Ristorante Bartolotta)
8. Mark Weber (Mason Street Grill)
9. Rich Alvarado (Brewski's Steak House)
10. Nick Burki (Coquette Cafe)
11. Michael Feker (Il Mito)
12. Marc Bianchini (Osteria del Mondo)
13. Bill Baumann (Ward's House of Prime)
14. Robert Ash (Pfister)
15. Jan Kelly (Meritage)