By Drew Olson Special to Published Oct 09, 2009 at 9:28 AM

October is the third annual Dining Month on All month, we're stuffed with restaurant reviews, delicious features, chef profiles, unique articles on everything food, as well as the winners of our "Best of Dining 2009."

Milwaukee Chophouse
633 N. 5th St., (414) 390-4562

Located in the Hilton Milwaukee City Center, the Chophouse offers the ambience of a traditional steakhouse -- dark wood, large booths, dim lights -- with a solid wine list and some adventurous menu twists. Chef Tyler Maison, a native of Sheboygan who worked at the Horse and Plow at the American Club in Kohler before heading to the Culinary Institute of America, is a rising star in city cooking circles.

Menu: American.

Price: Moderate to expensive.

When to go: The Chophouse is a good place to impress a date or important client, a place to celebrate a special occasion or a place to grab dinner before a play at The Rep or a burger before the basketball game.

Dress: You'll see business people in suits and evening wear, but you'll also see sports fans in sweaters, jeans and khakis or -- later in the evening -- late-arriving hotel guests in casual clothes looking for a quick bite.

Don't miss: The bone-in ribeye is a signature steak at the Chophouse and it's fabulous. But, you can't miss one of the more underrated happy hours in the city. From 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on weekdays, the Chophouse offers appetizers like ahi sliders and coconut shrimp for $5, a huge bacon burger for $4, MillerCoors products for $2, Bloody Marys and wines by the glass for $5. Can't get away for happy hour? The specials repeat from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Parking: Valet or self-parking is available for a fee.

Drew Olson Special to

Host of “The Drew Olson Show,” which airs 1-3 p.m. weekdays on The Big 902. Sidekick on “The Mike Heller Show,” airing weekdays on The Big 920 and a statewide network including stations in Madison, Appleton and Wausau. Co-author of Bill Schroeder’s “If These Walls Could Talk: Milwaukee Brewers” on Triumph Books. Co-host of “Big 12 Sports Saturday,” which airs Saturdays during football season on WISN-12. Former senior editor at Former reporter at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.