• Festive atmosphere, great moles make Cempazuchi worth a visit

    Cempazuchi is a bright and friendly double storefront with a festive vibe. Its slogan is “comida brava” which translates roughly to mean “wild food.” If that’s true I hope they never tame it. At Cempazuchi, you’ll find all the standards that folks love about Mexican-American restaurants. Big complimentary basket of chips with salsa? Check. All entrées served with beans and rice? Check.... Read More
  • Sheboygan shines with culinary gems

    Sheboygan’s culinary legacy has always been the bratwurst, but over time the city has reached beyond the bun. Today the former industrial community, barely 58 miles north of Milwaukee as the seagull flies along Lake Michigan’s shore, is home to an unexpected number of fine dining restaurants. City leaders hope these culinary outposts will help drive the resurgence of a dormant downtown. Sheboy.... Read More
  • Treat Mom to brunch on her day

    It’s no wonder that brunch has become the traditional Mother’s Day meal: There’s plenty of time afterward to recover with a cocktail. Hedge your bets on having an enjoyable time by booking reservations at one of the following eateries. Coquette Café If Mom is a Francophile, this is your best option, short of a flight to Paris.  Amid simple but refined décor, this Third Ward eatery ser.... Read More
  • Thanksgiving gobble guide

    Has the Thanksgiving holiday crept up on you, leaving you no time to shop for, much less prepare, a holiday meal? Whether you just prefer not to undertake cooking such an elaborate meal or wouldn’t know how to roast a turkey if it walked up to you with a recipe in its beak, you can give thanks for the fact that many area restaurants offer sumptuous holiday meals for your enjoyment. Reservations .... Read More
  • Centro Café shows pasta some love

    Centro Café 808 E. Center St. (414) 455-3751centrocaferiverwest.com Ever since seeing the movie "Moonstruck," I've yearned to live in an Italian neighborhood. I'm envious of River Westeners who live near Centro Café. The neighborhood isn't Italian, but they have the most important part of my dream: a cozy trattoria. Since the folks running Centro Café aren't pretentious, they don't call it.... Read More
  • Nessun Dorma

    Nessun Dorma2778 N. Weil(414) 264-8466 Every city neighborhood needs a great little spot where locals can gather for a friendly, casual nosh. Riverwest’s Nessun Dorma is just such a place. There are no pretensions at this charming little storefront café – it’s a neighborhood joint in the best sense possible. We hit the place with a gaggle of gays on a Friday night and only had to wait as lo.... Read More
  • Dining out habits studied

    A new nationwide consumer study suggests that gay and lesbian diners say “check please” more often than other consumers. The study from Community Marketing Inc. and Andrew Freeman & Co. is said to be the first in-depth report on gay consumers’ restaurant-spending habits and motivations. Researchers in March polled 4,400 consumers about dining out to examine how they spend their money, in.... Read More
  • Dining al fresco – from ‘A’ to ‘Z’

    Here we are, right in the middle of al fresco dining season. Take advantage of Milwaukee’s many sidewalk-dining opportunities and experience a beautiful view, a charming ambiance, fascinating clientele and, of course, great food and service? Consider the following al fresco choices, from “A” to “Z”: “A” is for Alterra. Alterra is ubiquitous, but none compare to the location at 2999 N.... Read More
  • Comet comfort

    Comet Café1947 Farwell414-273-7677thecometcafe.com I’ll admit it. I love diners and dives. People think that restaurant reviewers spend all their time in fancy places eating exotic food. But food doesn’t have to be exotic or fancy to be good, it just has to be properly prepared and well presented. After all, what is meatloaf but a rough textured pate? Pasta au gratin? Just mac and cheese with.... Read More
  • Roots’ sense of place … and peace

    Roots1818 N. Hubbard St.414-374-8490www.rootsmilwaukee.com The late John Denver wrote perhaps one of the most place-descriptive songs ever in “Take Me Home Country Roads.” When I first heard it, I fell in love with the Blue Ridge Mountains, even though I’d never seen them. The song just evoked a sense of place and peace that appealed to me – and millions of others, judging by the record sa.... Read More