By Julie Lawrence Special to Published Jan 05, 2008 at 1:11 PM

We Milwaukeeans have always known that Sanford, 1547 N. Jackson St., is an exceptional dining experience, and now the nation knows it, too.

Reviewers for the "Zagat 2008: America's Top Restaurant Dining Journal" put eateries across the country to the test to compile a list of the top 11 restaurants, and Sanford placed at No. 8.

Sanford, along with 10 other restaurants, earned 29 out of 30 points awarded based on food, décor, cost and service.

You can read more about the 11 winners here.


Julie Lawrence Special to staff writer Julie Lawrence grew up in Wauwatosa and has lived her whole life in the Milwaukee area.

As any “word nerd” can attest, you never know when inspiration will strike, so from a very early age Julie has rarely been seen sans pen and little notebook. At the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee it seemed only natural that she major in journalism. When offered her an avenue to combine her writing and the city she knows and loves in late 2004, she knew it was meant to be. Around the office, she answers to a plethora of nicknames, including “Lar,” (short for “Larry,” which is short for “Lawrence”) as well as the mysteriously-sourced “Bill Murray.”