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."
Last year, Harbor House's five-year winning streak in our dining poll's best view/patio category came to an end – mostly because, well, we didn't have a best view/patio category last year.
But the category is back for 2016, and Harbor House – with its close-up views of Lake Michigan, the U.S. Bank Building, Discovery World and the Milwaukee Art Museum – picked up right where it left off, claiming the top dining view in the city yet again. And with little competition in sight, more than doubling up the scenic second place finisher, Barnacle Bud's, in votes.
Lake Park Bistro, Wolf Peach and Cafe Benelux wrapped up the rest of the top five, but it's obviously when it comes to the best view in the city, Harbor House is king. And with grilled Atlantic swordfish, Idaho trout almondine, Madagascar prawns, linguini and clams, and a variety of scrumptious combo plates on the menu, the food's quite the looker too.
2. Barnacle Bud's
3. Lake Park Bistro
4. Wolf Peach
5. Cafe Benelux
Lori Fredrich's pick: The Outsider at the Kimpton Journeyman
From lake views to fun rooftop spaces, Milwaukee has it going on when it comes to gorgeous spots to enjoy a drink and a bite to eat. One of the best new spots to enjoy a great view, as well as delicious food and libations, is The Outsider at the Kimpton Journeyman. It's a well-appointed patio space that offers up an unparalleled ninth floor rooftop view of the surrounding urban landscape. Beyond that, it's got pretty much everything you'd want, from comfortable seating to delicious victuals and shareable snacks like burrata, balsamic onion dip and wood-fired pizzas. And I can't wait to visit during the winter months when I can watch the snow fall through the secure glass walls while staying warm and dry inside.
This year we also asked a variety of prominent Milwaukeeans to weigh in on their pick for specific categories. For this category, we consulted Michelle Rutkowski, program director and radio show host at FM 102.1.
Rutkowski's pick: Harbor House
An incredible view of Lake Michigan paired with a patio that seems like it was made specifically to match the Calatrava. I don't think you'll find a more beautiful spot to drink waaaaay too much Happy Hour sangria in Milwaukee.
This is the place I take people to when I want to trick them into thinking I'm fancy.