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Great dining beyond Downtown

Photos by Dan Bishop

October 2014

The Sheridan House

Milwaukee is home to some pretty amazing restaurants, but so are its suburbs, and great new restaurants are opening on a regular basis. But while I’m always intrigued by new places, there are some restaurants that continue to delight. Here are some favorites:

The Union House

Curt and Patty Robinson run a tight ship in this historic inn, which dates back to the mid-1800s. Try the wild game, and the roast duck boasts quite a following, but save room for homemade desserts. Also, ask for wine pairings with your courses. Curt is a wine expert and he taught me to pair sparkling wines with salads, as the effervescence cuts through the vinegar.

S42 W31320 Highway 83, Genesee Depot (262) 968-4281,

Sheridan House

I’ve had memorable dinners here, but my favorite meal is their weekend brunch — oatmeal pancakes, fantastic quiches and succulent salads. 5133 S. Lake Drive, Cudahy

(414) 747-9800,

Firefly Urban Bar and Grill

Fun and fabulous, this small plates-centric lounge and eatery serves up the familiar with flair like mushroom risotto, which comes in lollipop form.

7754 Harwood Ave., Wauwatosa

(414) 431-1444,

Le Reve Patisserie and Café

I love the salade nicoise, and the scallops, steak and frites. The best part of every meal has to be walking up to the pastry counter and picking out something truly French and absolutely decadent.

7610 Harwood Ave., Wauwatosa

(414) 778-3333,

Eddie Martini’s

This classic and classy restaurant serves up amazing steaks and chops, with decadent sides like lobster risotto. It also has a great wine and whiskey list.

8612 W. Watertown Plank Road, Wauwatosa

(414) 771-6680,

Mia Famiglia

Chef Tomas Maglio White serves up some of the most authentic Italian cuisine in the ’burbs. He also serves authentic Italian gluten-free food and is one of two chefs from the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness to win an award for his cooking.

10049 W. Forest Home Ave., Hales Corners

(414) 425-0507,

Café Manna

If you’re gluten-free, raw or vegan, you’ll find some of the finest dishes in the area at this vegetarian haven. My personal favorite was the raw zucchini lasagna. The chefs here also offer regular cooking classes.

3815 N. Brookfield Road, Brookfield

(262) 790-2340,

Il Mito Trattoria e Enoteca

Chef Michael Feker cooks Mediterranean- and Italian-inspired dishes with a personal twist. His pastas are heavenly, and the specials, like short ribs, are always worthwhile. He offers personal cooking classes, too.

6913 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa

(414) 443-1414,

North Star American Bistro

Standard American fare gussied up with gourmet touches like caramelized onions and gouda with Thousand Island dressing on a burger. Delicious and homey at the same time.

4518 N. Oakland Ave., Shorewood, (414) 964-4663

19115 W. Capitol Drive #100, Brookfield, (262) 754-1515,

Andrew’s Restaurant

Andrew’s Restaurant is tucked inside the Delafield Hotel. Executive Chef Jonnna Froelich serves up stylish dishes with a modern touch. The heirloom tomato and watermelon gazpacho was particularly memorable.

415 Genesee St., Delafield

(262) 646-1620,

Ristorante Bartolotta

This is the restaurant that started it all for Joe Bartolotta and it’s never wavered in quality. All of the dishes are tempting, but I almost always end up ordering the pappardelle pasta with the duck ragu.

7616 W. State St., Wauwatosa

(414) 771-7910,

Lagniappe Brasserie

As the name suggests, you’ll find French delicacies like escargot, but you will also find some of the freshest vegetables, as the restaurant grows its own garden.

17001 W. Greenfield Ave., New Berlin

(414) 782-7530,

Weissgerber’s Golden Mast Inn

German cuisine with a view. Here you can enjoy authentic wiener schnitzel, sauerbraten and beef rouladen, right on the shore of Okauchee Lake. You’ll also find great German cuisine at Weissgerber’s Gasthaus in Waukesha.

W349 N5293 Lacy’s Lane, Okauchee

(262) 567-7047,

The Farmstead

Located in a 150-year-old farmhouse tucked behind an office building, The Farmstead oozes country atmosphere, with antique farm implements and signs dotting the walls. You’ll get a great burger, along with a nice fish fry and good steaks, but what I think is most memorable is the giant haystack of onion rings you can order as an appetizer.

W62 N238 Washington Ave., Cedarburg

(262) 375-2655,

River Lane Inn

Some of the freshest seafood in the area is what you’ll find in the heart of Brown Deer. Sandabs, halibut and sea scallops are just a sampling of what’s flown in from both coasts.

4313 W. River Lane, Brown Deer

(414) 354-1995,



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