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Roots is a Milwaukee pioneer in creating sumptuous meals from locally sourced ingredients. (PHOTO: Eron Laber of Front Room Photography)

Milwaukee's best use of local ingredients, 2010: Roots

The votes are in, and the winners have been selected for OnMilwaukee's Best Dining 2010. 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

Roots Restaurant and Cellar, 1818 N. Hubbard Ave., was one of Milwaukee's first dining destinations to actively pursue the use of local ingredients. Now it is just one of many. But it still is the best, according to you, readers.

Using only naturally raised meats and fresh seafood from the start, Roots now mainly uses produce grown in Wisconsin, too.

Active members of Slow Food USA and The Chefs Collaborative, Roots' culinary creations are based on seasonally changing ingredients.

After getting a taste of Chef Jan Kelly's dishes, the editorial staff picked Meritage as its favorite in this category. editors' choice: Meritage

2. Beans & Barley
3. La Merenda
4. Honeypie
5. Dream Dance Steak
6. Comet
7. Hinterland
8. Crazy Water
9. Riverwest Co-op
10. Transfer
tie. Meritage
12. Kil@Wat
13. Sheridan's
14. Hotel Metro
15. Ginger


PlayerGotGame | Oct. 23, 2010 at 1:01 p.m. (report)

I take clients who appreciate "that kind of food" to Roots on a semi-regular basis. Roots had some service and food issues about 18-24 months ago, but is back now and stronger than ever. Everyone loves this place and always remarks that they can't believe that a restaurant like this exists in Milwaukee. I've never had a truly bad experience at Roots and in the last 18 months, I've only had excellent food and service. ...and the Roots Cellar is a great spot now that smoking is no longer allowed.

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