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By boat or by car, Barnacle Bud's is a great place to get away from it all.

Milwaukee's best hidden gem, 2012

For the sixth 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 2012."

Your votes are in, Milwaukee, and you have selected the winners of OnMilwaukee's Best Dining 2012. 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

Barnacle Bud's has again won the readers' choice for best hidden gem, but now the question remains: if it keeps winning, how hidden is it?

Well, if you've never been to the Key West-esque bar and restaurant at 1955 S. Hilbert St., trust us: it's pretty hidden.

But once you visit once, you'll be back.

Pass through a few parking lots and enjoy the relaxed hideaway. Try their oyster bar with a trademark Bloody Mary, or order from a full menu of sandwiches and entrees. The atmosphere is great, too, whether you arrive by car or by boat. And even if you're not a Jimmy Buffett fan, for a few hours, you might find yourself being one.

Order a bucket of Coronitas for us while you're at it, please. editors' choice: El Rey's Taco Loco

2. La Merenda

3. El Rey
's Taco Loco
4. Buckley's
5. Tenuta's
6. Jackson Grill
7. Guanajuato
8. Centro
9. Tess
10. Triskele's
11. SALA
12. Shah Jee's
(tie) Sheridan's
14. Christie's Pub
15. Ilija's Place


Padrig54 | Oct. 14, 2012 at 2:09 p.m. (report)

Way to go. You had to let the cat out of the bag! I actually heard about BarnBuds from On Milwaukee some years ago. The MOST relaxing place tp go on a warm summer day or night.

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InTheView | Oct. 13, 2012 at 8:47 p.m. (report)

You guys are seriously endorsing Bud's? That place is a dirty nightmare. I've been to cleaner garbage dumps.

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