For the 10th straight year, October is Dining Month on OnMilwaukee, presented by the restaurants of Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. All month, we're stuffed with restaurant reviews, dining guides, delectable features, chef profiles and unique articles on everything food, as well as voting for your "Best of Dining 2016."
Over the last two years, Palermo's frozen pizza has dominated the best local food product category. But 2016 brings us a new winner – a sweet, tasty, frosty winner.
Yes, Purple Door Ice Cream came away the victor in this year's Best of Dining poll, claiming the first ever win for sweet over savory in this category's five-year history. It's hard to argue with the readers' selection; Purple Door Ice Cream is smooth and sweet, with a variety of flavors both comfortingly classic and deliciously unique (gotta have that Brandy Old Fashioned ice cream).
Usinger's sausage put up a good fight, landing in second place, while the famous Wisconsin State Fair cream puff came in about 100 voters behind scoring third place. El Rey chips and Klement's sausage closely followed behind in the top five.
Lori Fredrich's pick: Milwaukee Pretzel Company
I have a special spot in my heart for anyone who starts up a local food business. But certain concepts just seem to make sense. Such is the case with Milwaukee Pretzel Company, a business that is such a good fit for Milwaukee that it almost hurts. If you haven’t tried their crazy-good pretzels, here’s a list of spots to get ‘em.
This year we also asked a variety of prominent Milwaukeeans to weigh in on their pick for specific categories. For this category, we consulted Andy Nelson, PR guy for the Pabst/Riverside/Turner Hall venues and general Milwaukee expert.
Nelson's pick: That Salsa Lady salsa
Salsa is so delicious that they made an entire genre of music and dance out of it. That’s a fact. However, not all salsa is created equal. With big companies like Old El Paso, Tostitos and Chi-Chi's (WTF, do they actually still make salsa but not that weird fried ice cream?) you’re missing out on all the flavor of fresh salsa.
If you live in Milwaukee, this doesn’t have to be the case.