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Here are the best restaurants in Milwaukee, as chosen by the OnMilwaukee.com readers. Do you agree? Read on ...

Your picks for Milwaukee's best restaurants: 2007

This fall, we revealed -- one by one -- the winners of the 2007 OnMilwaukee.com readers' poll for the best restaurants in Metro Milwaukee. We know the wait has been excruciating, but now that all is revealed, here's a tally of all the winners (as well as our editors' picks), in one handy list. Bon appetit!

Best Bakery: Peter Sciortino's
OnMilwaukee.com editors' choice: Peter Sciortino's

The smell of fresh bread wafts out of Sciortino's Bakery every morning, reminding Milwaukee of Brady Street's Italian community. But what really tempts at Sciortino's are the cannoli and sumptuous Italian cookies, tiramisu, cakes and other pastry.

Best Bar Food: Hooligan's
OnMilwaukee.com editors' choice: Hooligan's

This "super bar" keeps winning Milwaukee's best bar food for a reason. They've taken the greasy grub you expect at a bar and elevated it to include lean ostrich burgers, grilled portabella mushroom sandwiches, Cajun catfish fillets and quite a bit more. And if you want straight-up bar burgers, Hooligan's doesn't disappoint.

Best Breakfast: Original Pancake House
OnMilwaukee.com editors' choice: George Webb's

The Original Pancake House, in the old "Coffee Trader space" on Downer Avenue, is the best place for morning noshing, according to OnMilwaukee.com readers. With signature items like the massive apple pancake, the sugary, air-filled Dutch Baby pastry and big, fluffy omelets, the Original Pancake House is the ideal destination for anyone craving a hearty, rich breakfast.

Best Burger: Sobelman's
OnMilwaukee.com editors' choice: Kopp's

Operating since 1999 in a cozy Cream City brick building on low-key corner, Sobelman's serves Black Angus burgers on tasty buns with three cheeses, jalaenos and fried onions. The bar, which is meticulously clean (they even wipe down the salt shakers), also earns raves for its Bloody Marys. It's the burgers, though, that created a frenzied following and prompted the owners, Dave and Melanie Sobelman, to park their Web site at milwaukeesbestburgers.com.

Best Coffee Shop/Café: Alterra
OnMilwaukee.com editors' choice: Alterra

This swiftly growing coffee company has created quite a buzz both in Milwaukee and in the national coffee industry, and it's easy to see why. They serve the strongest cup of joe around -- but do offer a daily mild blend, if you prefer -- and pay obsessively close attention to quality and taste control.

Best Decor: Roots
OnMilwaukee.com editors' choice: Bacchus

Arguably, the best feature of Roots' decor is all of the windows which allow ample natural light to seep into the warmly painted space -- as well as provide a nice view of the city. Fresh flowers and healthy plants, along with high ceilings and attractive ironwork formed into vines, complete the beautiful and serene scenery.

Best Desserts: Lake Park Bistro
OnMilwaukee.com editors' choice: Coquette Café

The Bartolotta Restaurant Group's Lake Park Bistro is known locally -- and in other cities as well -- as Milwaukee's authentic French dining experience. The cuisine is elegant and rich and the dessert menu is certainly no exception. If not completely stuffed after chef Adam Siegel's veau roti a la Bordelaise (veal tenderloin in a Bordelaise sauce) or canard "deux façon" a la sauce marchands de vin (duck two ways with red wine sauce), diners can choose from decadent dessert options such as banana bread pudding with a caramel sauce and chocolate mousse sweetened with crushed praline and accented by a saffron vanilla sauce and homemade mint ice cream.

Best Fish Fry: Lakefront Brewery Palm Garden
OnMilwaukee.com editors' choice: Kegel's Inn

Milwaukee is famous for Friday night fish fries, and with so many to choose from, it's amazing that most people still have a top favorite. By a large margin, OnMilwaukee.com readers chose Lakefront Palm Garden as the best place in the city to chow a fish dinner. The Lakefront fish menu features beer battered cod ($9.95), perch ($12.95), bluegill ($12.95), baked tilapia ($10.95) or a combo platter ($12.95). All of the dinners are served with a choice of fries or potato pancakes, cole slaw and bread and butter.

Best Frozen Custard: Kopp's
OnMilwaukee.com editors' choice: Kopp's

Kopp's has been a local custard staple since the classic '50s and, thankfully, it hasn't changed all that much over the decades. There are now three area locations -- Glendale, Brookfield and Greenfield -- so a double cone and a jumbo burger are never too far away.

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Adriana | June 21, 2009 at 9:13 p.m. (report)

The frozen custard served in kopp's is ok, but the best place to get frozen custard is in leon's on 27th st

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no2much | Sept. 30, 2008 at 7:36 a.m. (report)

Pizza man the best pizza? Apparently you people have'nt tried Zaffiro's Pizza. Best thin crust in the city. People are nice. Make you feel welcome.

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ClovernookCheese | June 13, 2008 at 10:55 a.m. (report)

Adam Siegel, of Lake Park Bistro fame, recently appeared on Food Network's "Iron Chef - America" supporting Paul Bartolotta's battle with Mario Batali. The featured ingredient was rice, but several of the dishes certaintly seemed to have Adam's influence. The veal sauce and the duck dish definitely echoed typical Lake Park Bistro fare. The failed to overtake the legend, but scored well and were very well-received by the judges. It was nice to see some Milwaukee boys get the exposure and credit they have so richly earned.

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gigi | March 3, 2008 at 10:08 a.m. (report)

loved it

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MKEsculptor | Feb. 25, 2008 at 1:57 p.m. (report)

Three Brothers is a must to try in MKE. Great unknown that has been here for years...

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