By OnMilwaukee Staff Writers   Published Oct 31, 2012 at 5:01 PM

For the sixth straight year, October is Dining Month on, presented by Concordia University. All month, we're stuffed with restaurant reviews, delectable features, chef profiles and unique articles on everything food, as well as the winners of our "Best of Dining 2012."

Your votes are in, Milwaukee, and you have selected the winners of OnMilwaukee's Best Dining 2012. We're announcing the results of this readers' poll, including our editors' pick, in a series of articles that run all October long during Dining Month on

Another Dining Month at has come to an end and we hope you enjoyed it.

Of course, Dining Month wouldn't be a success without your participation. After all, it's you, Milwaukee, who casts your ballots to pick the winners of our annual "Best of Milwaukee Dining" poll. And this year, thousands of votes were recorded.

Here's a recap of the 2012 winners, along with the choices of the editorial staff.

And remember, this is your poll; did we miss a category this year or do you have a suggestion for 2013? Let us know by posting a Talkback below and we'll put it on the big board for next year.

Milwaukee's Best Restaurant: Maxie's Southern Comfort editors' choice: La Merenda
With so many exceptional dining options in the city it's undeniably tough to narrow down the very best, but the majority of voters picked Maxie's Southern Comfort, 6732 W. Fairview Ave., as this year's top restaurant, beating out last year's winner, Sanford. Maxie's menu is loaded with southern favorites, from gumbo to blackened catfish creole to pulled pork sandwiches. There's also a nice selection of vegetarian options including a vegetarian jambalaya and a portobello po'boy sandwich.

The editors are big fans of Maxie's, too, but decided to go with La Merenda, 125 E. National Ave., as their pick this year.

Best Restaurant, Northern Suburbs: The Cheesecake Factory editors' choice: Three Lions

The Cheesecake Factory in Glendale, 5799 N. Bayshore Drive, is known for its massive menu of more than 200 menu items and its generous portions. Hence the name, it's also quite famous for its cheesecake offerings. The editors picked Three Lions, 4515 N. Oakland Ave., for its consistently good British fare such as fish and chips, bangers and mash and shepherd's pie.

Best Restaurant, Southern Suburbs: Organ Piper Music Palace editors' choice: Organ Piper Music Palace
Organ Piper Music Palace – often referred to as "Organ Piper Pizza" – swept the competition as Milwaukee's best restaurant in the southern suburbs, winning the 2-year-old title once more for 2012. Organ Piper is a unique, kitschy combination of pizza and live organ music. Every night of the week, with the exception of Mondays, a talented organ player sits down at the massive Wurlitzer and plays recognizable songs, both old and new. The best part is that it's not all gimmick: the pizza is actually very good, too. Plus, Organ Piper offers adult beverages along with a menu of non-pizza items.

Best Restaurant, Western Suburbs: Eddie Martini's editors' choice: Le Reve
Over the years, Eddie Martini's, 8612 W. Watertown Plank Road, has garnered recognition in Gourmet magazine and is a DiRoNa (Distinguished Restaurants of North America) award recipients. Eddie Martini's cuisine is simplicity defined. Just about every item on the menu is simply and expertly prepared with flawless results. Service is prompt and professional, attentive without being invasive, and the timing here is flawless, making a dining experience at Eddie Martini's one to be treasured. Here at, we're also big fans of Tosa's quintessential French bistro, Le Reve.

And now, the rest of the 2012 winners:

Best New Restaurant: Odd Duck editors' choice:  Odd Duck

Best Steak: Five O' Clock Steakhouse editors' choice: Five O' Clock Steakhouse

Best Bar Food: Cafe Hollander editors' choice: Palomino

Best Breakfast: Blue's Egg editors' choice: Blue's Egg

Best Brunch: Blue's Egg editors' choice: Cafe Benelux

Best Burger: Sobelman's editors' choice: Oscar's Pub & Grill

Best Cheap Eats: Conejito's editors' choice: Conejito's

Best View: Harbor House editors' choice: Milwaukee Sail Loft

Best Patio: Horny Goat Brewing Company editors' choice: Barnacle Bud's

Best Appetizers/Small Plate Dining: La Merenda editors' choice: La Merenda

Best Chef: Adam Siegel (Bacchus/Lake Park Bistro) editors' choice:  Peggy Magister (Crazy Water)

Best Seafood: Harbor House editors' choice: Harbor House

Best Coffee Shop/Cafe: Alterra editors' choice: Stone Creek

Best Frozen Custard/Ice Cream/Frozen Treats: Kopp's Frozen Custard editors' choice: Leon's

Best Comfort Food: Maxie's Southern Comfort editors' choice: Comet

Best Deli: Glorioso's editors' choice: Glorioso's

Best Fish Fry: Lakefront Brewery Palm Garden editors' choice: Kegel's Inn

Best Pizza: Zaffiro's editors' choice: Calderone Club

Best Hidden Gem: Barnacle Bud's editors' choice: El Rey's Taco Loco

Best Desserts: Honeypie editors' choice: Le Reve

Best Frozen Yogurt: Yo Mama! editors' choice: Yo Mama!

Best Hot Dogs/Sausages: The Dogg Haus editors' choice: Miller Park

Best Late-Night Drunk Eats: Oakland Gyros editors' choice: Oakland Gyros

Best Local Fast Food: Kopp's editors' choice: Real Chili

Best Lunch Buffet: Maharaja editors' choice: Mayura

Best Romantic Restaurant: Lake Park Bistro editors' choice: Crazy Water

Best Wine List: Balzac editors' choice: Dream Dance Steak

Best Barbecue: Smoke Shack editors' choice: Speed Queen

Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant: Organ Piper Music Palace editors' choice: Organ Piper Music Palace

Best Milwaukee Food Product: Usinger's sausage editors' choice: El Rey chips

Best Sandwiches: Cafe Lulu editors' choice: Melthouse Bistro

Best Street Food/Food Truck: Streetza Pizza editors' choice: The Fast Foodie

Best Vegetarian Cuisine: Beans & Barley editors' choice: Riverwest Co-op

Best Festival or Event Food: Wisconsin State Fair editors' choice: Festa Italiana

Best Wings: Buffalo Wild Wings editors' choice: Club Garibaldi

Best Chain Restaurant: P.F. Chang's China Bistro editors' choice: The Capital Grille

Best Chinese: Emperor of China editors' choice: Lucky Liu's

Best French: Lake Park Bistro editors' choice: Chez Jacques

Best Greek: Oakland Gyros editors' choice: Apollo

Best Indian: Maharaja editors' choice: Cafe India

Best Italian: Ristorante Bartolotta editors' choice: Ristorante Bartolotta

Best Japanese: Izumi's editors' choice: Izumi's

Best Mexican: Botanas editors' choice: Riviera Maya

Best Middle Eastern: Casablanca editors' choice:
Aladdin - Taste of the East / PitaWorks

Best Asian Fusion, Vietnamese and Korean: Umami Moto editors' choice: Seoul

Best Thai: The King & I editors' choice: Thai-Namite