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Lagniappe Brasserie restaurant opens in New Berlin

Andy Tenaglia, the former executive chef for Miller Park, opened his own restaurant in New Berlin Monday with his wife, Mina.

Lagniappe Brasserie, 17001 W. Greenfield Ave., specializes in what Mina Tenaglia calls "French with a twist," and offers eclectic, continental fare.

According to Mina, the interesting name references a southern hospitality term that evokes the idea of the owner giving a little something extra to his customers.

As head chef, Andy Tenaglia offers his customers pleasant culinary surprises. "We're not really going to have a staple menu," says Mina. "It's going to change regularly to stay fresh and seasonal."

The restaurant features a variety of meats, poultry, seafood and, according to the owners, can also accommodate vegetarians.

"It has sort of always been Andy's goal to do this," says Mina. "It was just the right time and the right place to make it happen."

Lagniappe Brasserie is open for lunch Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m.- 2 p.m., and serves dinner Monday through Saturday, 5-9 p.m. The phone number is (262) 782-7530.

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polisheinstein | Sept. 18, 2009 at 12:40 p.m. (report)

A fantastic place! Fresh, seasonal food for people who actually like good food! You can see why this place isn't doing as well as it should when you read the reviews others have written. Your ribeye was tough and chewy? Imagine that! Your server was right, you should have ordered a strip steak. Better yet, you should've gone to McDonald's. Ribeyes are a little tough. This is a fact of life. But it's also one of the best cuts of meat on the cow. Ignorant people often equate toughness with bad quality, while nothing could be further from the truth. Most people get squeemish about connective tissue and gristle and don't realize that it's a thorn on a rose. Sure, fillets and strip steaks may lack that sinew and connective tissue, but they also lack flavor. Most likely, the person who complained about the ribeye also complained about Lagniappe not offering a hamburger or deep fried cheese curds. The sad reality is that this city is full of poor eaters who wouldn't know good food if it were shoved down their throat, which would be a waste of good food. It's this kind of mentality that makes deep fried batter one of the most popular food items in the country. As far as poor service is concerned, I'm sure you THOUGHT you were being quiet and relaxed, but more than likely, you and your friends had maybe had a bit too much wine and were squawking like drunken hens. I work in the industry, and I've seen these parites of 10 or more who think they're the best costumers in the world. They're always the worst tippers and they constantly complain about servers who don't get them their fucking cosmos as fast as they wanted them. Unfortunately, this wonderful place may not stand the test of time. Not because of poor quality or bad service, but because the people who live in this city have generally poor taste in food. And to make matters worse, you assholes watch one episode of Top Chef and you think you're Escoffier. Go back to McDonald's and choke to death on a french fry, you fat fucks. I'll be at Lagniappe enjoying the best this city has to offer, while it lasts.

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WOW! | Jan. 7, 2009 at 11:44 a.m. (report)

Lagniiappe- Small gift given to customer at time of purchase. Now being i am a person who dines out on a almost daily basis, i am familiar with customer service or should i say,how a customer should be treated. A large group of us went to this restaurant in December for a christmas gathering. We had a five oclock reservation, a few arrived about 15 minutes early, given we were in a major snow storm. They were made to wait outside the restaurant while the staff walked by and stared at them, then opened the door and stated" we do not open until five" Should of Been a clue i guess right! After we were all seated things seemed to be going ok door incident forgiven. Dinner was served drinks flowing all having a very nice time laughing, reminiscing, our boss was congratulating us on a great year in 2008, when out of no where this women walks up to us and says "excuse me you need to keep it down you are bothering other customers". I looked at her and said who are you? She stated she was "one of the owners" and walked away. Mind you, we were not loud. There was another large party in the restaurant having a great time NOBODY was bothered by them or us.

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dgeboy | Jan. 7, 2009 at 11:17 a.m. (report)

I was a guest at the dinner party on 12/19/08 that dmulberry wrote about and couldn't have summarized the evening any better. There was another dinner party there that evening that was a lot louder than our group and for a longer period of time, they were not reprimanded as we had been. When the wait-staff was questioned how their behavior was any different from ours, they continued to reprimand us. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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dmulberry | Dec. 19, 2008 at 10:46 p.m. (report)

I hosted a dinner party for 10 at this restaurant this evening and have to say that I have have never been treated so poorly. In fact, we were waiting for Ashton Kutcher to step out and say that we were being punked or for the older generation, we were waiting for the candid camera. Our reservation was for 5:00, several people arrived at 4:50 and were made to wait outside until 5 when the place opened. It is winter in Wisconsin and we received 12 inches of snow that day. They were acknowledged at the door and still were made to wait outside. The appetizers, food and ambiance of the restaurant was wonderful, the treatment we received from the waitstaff and owners was appalling. After our gift exchange a women claiming to be the owner loudly admonished us for our loud and rude behavior. I respectfully went to the front of the restaurant and asked to speak to a manager or owner and was further admonished. When I returned to our table, one of the waitstaff had dumped all of our coats on my chair. we paid our bill, including the 18% tip that was included and went Bravo for our $150 worth of after dinner coffees and dessert. I have never written an online review before but I am still so appalled by the treatment that my guests and I received I could not let this go. We are a group of professionally employed women between the ages of 35 and 75 who meet regularly and have never had a problem with any dining establishment. Our group will continue to frequent other locally owned restaurants like we have for the last 15 years. Good luck Lagniappe, your future looks quite questionable. DM

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angelwithfriends | April 30, 2007 at 3:45 p.m. (report)

Went there for lunch and then for dinner with a group of 9 people from work. We all had an amazing dining experience. The rabbit was great. The bill was very reasonable. I'd go back again!

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