Milwaukee's best restaurant, Northern Suburbs, 2011: Harry's Bar & Grill
Your votes are in, Milwaukee, and you have selected the winners of OnMilwaukee's Best Dining 2011. We're announcing the results of this readers' poll, including our editors' pick, in a series of articles that run all October long during Dining Month on OnMilwaukee.com.
For the fifth straight year, October is Dining Month on OnMilwaukee.com, presented by Concordia University. All month, we're stuffed with restaurant reviews, delectable features, chef profiles and unique articles on everything food, as well as the winners of our "Best of Dining 2011."
For the first time ever, we've created categories for best restaurant in a number of geographic regions.
When it comes to the northern suburbs, the readers of OnMilwaukee.com ventured just outside City of Milwaukee limits to award Shorewood's Harry's Bar & Grill the best of the best.
Harry's Bar and Grill, 3549 N. Oakland Ave., is the epicenter of NStars restaurant group. Located north of The Knick and south of North Shore Bistro (now NSB), Harry's is the most casual of the three and radiates neighborhood restaurant and upscale sports bar with a menu that can be simply classified as "better than bar food."
We've loved Harry's for many years (try their awesome turkey burger), so we're not surprised OnMilwaukee.com readers made this Shorewood staple their top pick.
Interestingly, Harry's only narrowly edged out North Star American Bistro, 4518 N. Oakland Ave., also in Shorewood.
According to our readers, Milwaukee's nearest neighbor to the north is a mecca for good food.
OnMilwaukee.com editors' choice: North Star American Bistro
2. North Star American Bistro
3. The Cheesecake Factory
4. Devon Seafood Grill
5. Jack Pandl's Whitefish Bay Inn
6. River Lane Inn
8. The Farmstead
9. Libby Montana
10. Highland House
11. Silver Spring House
12. Anvil Pub & Grille
13. Range Line Inn
14. NSB Bar & Grill
15. Fila Bene
I've never had anything at this place that was good. So many better options, I think people only go here because its close.
I can live with Harry's and Northstar American Bistro at the top of the list, but to see the Cheesecake Factory, COA and the Highland House on the list is just wrong. Nothing like a mediocre national chain, lousy mexican food and one of the worst all around restraunts in the Milwaukee area to wow the tastebuds!
Harry's is the best? I'd hate to eat at the worst. I once ordered the Buffalo Chicken Wrap. Half of it was obviously day-old (runny, sour dressing, mushy tortilla). The other half was delicious and freshly made. Harry's has gone downhill over the years. I used to live right up the street and ate there weekly. The food is often over or undercooked, and the servers seem more interested in congregating near the bar or hostess stand rather than taking care of their tables. For $15-20 per entree and $10-12 per sandwich, I can think of far better places to spend my money and actually get food that isn't recycled or hard as a brick.
Harry's is a "suburban" restaurant? Come on, seriously? That's like saying that New Berlin is "on" Lake Michigan because they use water from it.
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