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The knowledgeable staff at Balzac seems unfailingly happy to see you, and is helpful in offering suggestions for wine or menu items. (PHOTO: Whitney Teska)

Milwaukee's best restaurant wine list, 2011: Balzac

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

For the fifth straight year, October is Dining Month on, 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."

Balzac, 1716 N. Arlington Pl., is a fine dining experience. The knowledgeable staff seems unfailingly happy to see you, and is helpful in offering suggestions for wine or menu items. And, once again, readers say Balzac has the city's best wine list.

That's certainly due to its vast, five-page wine list offering selections from the new world and the old.

Wine is served in stemless Riedel crystal, an indication that someone in the joint knows how to treat wine, and the menu offers low-priced "tastes" in case you can't make up your mind.

The bar also offers a wide range of bottled beers, draughts and martinis.

Meanwhile, the editorial staff selected the astonishingly deep and wide wine list at Bartolotta's Bacchus, in the Cudahy Towers, as its pick. editors' choice: Bacchus

2. Bacchus
3. Eddie Martini's
4. Sanford
5. Dream Dance Steak
6. La Merenda
7. Carnevor
8. Mo's – A Place for Steak
9. Water Buffalo
10. Crazy Water
11. Milwaukee Chop House
12. Sabor
13. Tess
14. River Lane Inn
15. Fila Bene


rkerhin | Oct. 23, 2011 at 3:24 p.m. (report)

I can't believe that Fleming's Steakhouse in Brookfield isn't on this list! They have 200+ selections, with 100 by the glass. How many of the other places can say the same?

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