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‘Milwaukee Magazine’ brings back its list of the city’s best restaurants

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La Cocina del Sur; Birch; Facebook
La Cocina del Sur (left) and Birch are two of the many restaurants highlighted in Milwaukee Magazine's "Best Restaurants" issue.

Each week on This Bites, dining critic Ann Christenson from Milwaukee Magazine and Radio Milwaukee’s resident foodie Tarik Moody dig into the city’s culinary and restaurant culture to help you find new spots, old favorites and the best ingestibles around Milwaukee.

Ann and her team at Milwaukee Magazine get plenty of opportunities to shine in each issue, as well as on the mag’s website. But that spotlight turns extra bright in the latest edition, which for the second straight March delivers a rundown of the top restaurants in the area.

We don’t give away all of the good stuff you can find in the magazine — and there’s a lot in there: suggestions for every price point, a special section for the best new spots, and local chefs sharing their very favorite dishes and why they got into the kitchen in the first place. We do, however, hit on some of our personal highlights from the list, which this year contains more than 25 options in the Milwaukee area and a little beyond.

One restaurant that didn’t quite make the list but still landed in the pages of the magazine is Travieso, an uber-fusion eatery in Waukesha that takes a foundation of Latin flavors and merges them with Italian, Asian and American. Ann visited the not-even-year-old restaurant and shares a few of her thoughts in this episode, with a full review available in the March edition of Milwaukee Magazine.

Talking about the top spots around town takes up a good chunk of time, but we did manage to get to just a couple other items from this week:

  • The South Side is about to get a taste of authentic Hmong cuisine, as ChueYee’s prepares to open at 3800 W. National Ave.
  • Brazen Standard Hospitality will bring the bounties of local farms to an urban setting via a series of dinners, the first of which is slated for The Starling on May 10.

You can hear all of that delicious conversation by hitting the “Listen” button at the top of the page or finding This Bites within your chosen podcast delivery service. While you enjoy the episode, we’d appreciate it if you’d subscribe or share us with a friend — or just say how great we are on social media. They all work for us. Thanks.

Director of Digital | Radio Milwaukee