By OnMilwaukee Staff Writers   Published Oct 28, 2009 at 4:34 PM

The votes are in, and the winners have been selected for OnMilwaukee's Best Dining 2009. 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

Given that Milwaukee has a thriving Mexican community -- and dozens of great Mexican restaurants to boot -- it takes something special to run away with the readers' choice for the best of the best. Botanas, however, did just that, taking the prize for the second straight year.

Botanas, 816 S. 5th St., is known for doing the traditional Mexican dishes better than its Latin Quarter contemporaries near National Avenue, but its seafood selections are what hoist it to the top of the list.

The addition of the open-air patio contributes to the fun and relaxing atmosphere, especially on a warm evening. It's an extremely family-friendly and accommodating restaurant, too, the kind of place you can bring little kids to taste authentic Mexican cuisine. editors' choice: Cempazuchi


2. Cempazuchi
3. La Fuente
4. Riviera Maya
5. Conejito's
6. La Perla
7. Hector's
8. Jalapeno Loco
9. El Rey Sol
10. Haute Taco
11. Rudy's
12. Margarita Paradise
13. Habanero's
14. Rio West Cantina
15. Cielito Lindo