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:
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
Highway 83, Genesee Depot (262) 968-4281, theunionhouse.com
memorable dinners here, but my favorite meal is their weekend brunch
— oatmeal pancakes, fantastic quiches and succulent salads. 5133 S.
Lake Drive, Cudahy
Bar and Grill
fabulous, this small plates-centric lounge and eatery serves up the
familiar with flair like mushroom risotto, which comes in lollipop
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.
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.
Watertown Plank Road, Wauwatosa
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
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.
Brookfield Road, Brookfield
Trattoria e Enoteca
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
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, northstarbistro.com
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.,
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
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
Greenfield Ave., New Berlin
Golden Mast Inn
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
W349 N5293 Lacy’s
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.
Washington Ave., Cedarburg
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