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Top eats

By JORDAN DECHAMBRE-CHILDERS

August 2009

Three Milwaukee restaurants are the toast of the town. Sanford, Dream Dance Steak and Bacchus are part of an elite group of eateries to receive the AAA Four Diamond restaurant designation for 2009. There are currently no Five Diamond restaurants in the state. Sanford is celebrating 15 years of garnering the recognition, while Dream Dance Steak marks six years and Bacchus is in its inaugural year. According to the AAA, "a Four Diamond restaurant is geared to individuals in search of a distinctive fine-dining experience. Menus reflect a high degree of creativity and complexity, using imaginative presentations to enhance high quality, market-fresh ingredients. The proficient staff demonstrates a strong desire to meet or exceed guest expectations. The ambiance is highly refined, comfortable and well-coordinated, incorporating quality materials and a variety of upscale design enhancements to give a first-class impression." In other dining news, the newest venue from The Iron Horse Hotel owner Tim Dixon, Stacked opened in early July in the former The Social space on South First Street in the Fifth Ward. Look for burgers "stacked" high with Wisconsin grass-fed Fountain Prairie Farms beef and artisanal Wisconsin cheeses, starting at under $10.

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