By OnMilwaukee Staff Writers   Published Oct 24, 2008 at 11:28 AM

The votes are in, and the winners have been selected for OnMilwaukee's Best Dining 2008. 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

October is Dining Month on All month, we're stuffed with restaurant reviews, special features, chef profiles and unique articles on everything food. Bon appetit!

For as long as we've been tailgating before Brewers games and grabbing late-night eats at George Webb, Milwaukee has been a hamburger kind of town. While those culinary traditions won't be dissipating any time soon, the local burger landscape has more recently opened its parameters to let its step-cousin, the veggie burger, in on the fun.

One of the best things about veggie burgers is that no restaurant does them the same way. Some places, like Café Centraal and Water Buffalo, opt for the black bean cake with interesting condiment combinations. Others, like Hooligan's go the simple route, offering vegetarians the standard Gardenburger with their choice of toppings.

But, when pitted against each other, readers voted Beans and Barley the winner, though it's not clear whether it was thanks to its tofu burger, made by Simple Soyman, or its vegetarian walnut burger, a nut and cheese patty.

Either way, Milwaukee agrees that Beans does it best. editor's choice: Bella's Fat Cat

2. Water Buffalo
3. Palomino
4. Twisted Fork
5. Bella's Fat Cat
6. Good Life
7. Hooligan's
8. Café Manna
9. Riverwest Co-op
10. Karma Bar & Grille
11. Patty Burger