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 OnMilwaukee.com.
How the times have changed. There was a time when it seemed that most every fine dining restaurant in America served French cuisine or something based on French food. Nowadays, you can count Milwaukee's French eateries on your fingers.
Luckily for us, French cuisine comes in a number of price ranges and a variety of atmospheres, from the casual -- Trocadero, Chez Jacques -- to the lavish -- Lake Park Bistro and Coquette Cafe.
Despite the fact that Sandy D'Amato sold Coquette Cafe, 316 N. Milwaukee St., in the past year, it once again edged Lake Park Bistro for the title Best French in Milwaukee according to OnMilwaukee.com readers. Chez Jacques again finished third and Tosa's Le Reve jumped above Trocadero, as they traded fourth and fifth places.
Coquette Cafe has long been a Third Ward favorite for lunch and for the theater crowd and that hasn't changed now that it's run by Nick Burki and Chris Hatleli, who you might remember The Social and Milwaukee Art Museum's Cafe Calatrava. Coquette's warm atmosphere and beloved dishes keep folks coming back again and again.
The OnMilwaukee.com editorial staff chose Lake Park Bistro for its lively atmosphere and the sumptuous dishes created by head chef Adam Siegel and his team.
OnMilwaukee.com editors' choice: Lake Park Bistro
2. Lake Park Bistro
3. Chez Jacques
4. Le Reve
7. Lagniappe Brasserie
8. Satellite Crepes