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You knew that a juicy steak from the 5 O'Clock Steak House would be on our list. (PHOTO: Damien Legault )

100 great Milwaukee dishes


October is the third annual Dining Month on OnMilwaukee.com. All month, we're stuffed with restaurant reviews, delicious features, chef profiles, unique articles on everything food, as well as the winners of our "Best of Dining 2009."

We don't have scientific proof to support this assertion, but for a city of its size, Milwaukee has a disproportionately large number of excellent restaurants.

And with all of those eateries come some legendary dishes. We asked our staff to list our favorites, and we easily topped 100. Which means objectively speaking, we're not saying these are the best or only great Milwaukee dishes; they're just the first 100 that come to mind. Later in Dining Month, we'll share with you 100 more ...

So read our list -- which is in alphabetical order, not from best to worst -- and chime in with your own favorites using the Talkback feature below. Bon apetit!

  1. Artichoke a la mode pizza from Pizza Man
  2. Asian slaw at Juniper 61 and Cafe Lulu
  3. Asparagus and mushroom enchiladas at Hector's
  4. Baked potato pizza slice from Brick3
  5. Basic 4 salad at Hotch-a-Do
  6. BBQ tofu sandwich at the Riverwest Co-op
  7. Bee bim bop at Seoul
  8. Big Soft Pretzel at Cafe Centraal
  9. Bomber burger at AJ Bombers
  10. Breakfast burrito at Hi-Hat
  11. Butter burger at Solly's
  12. Calderone special pizza at Calderone Club
  13. Chana masala at Shah Jee's
  14. Cheesy enchilada soup at The Uncanny Soup Co.
  15. Chevapchichi at Ilija's Place
  16. Chicago dog at Sammy's Taste of Chicago
  17. Chicken and waffles at Twisted Fork
  18. Chicken in red curry sauce at Bangkok House
  19. Corned beef sandwich and matzo ball soup at Benji's
  20. Count esterhazy schnitzel at Mader's
  21. Crab rangoon at Emperor of China
  22. Crackling pork shank at Karl Ratzsch's
  23. Crullers at Cranky Al's
  24. Curry dishes from Thai Kitchen
  25. Currywurst and pretzel at Old German Beer Hall
  26. Deep friend pickles at the Palomino
  27. Dragon roll at Sake Tumi
  28. Eggplant strips from Venice Club
  29. Eggs Benedict at Roots
  30. Escargots bourguignons en croute at Lake Park Bistro
  31. Falafel with hummus at Shaharazad
  32. Filet mignon from the 5 O'Clock Steak House
  33. Fish fry at Kegel's
  34. Fish fry at Serb Hall
  35. Fondue (with homemade donuts) at Swig
  36. Four bean tacos at Conejito's
  37. French onion soup at Coquette Cafe
  38. Fried green tomatoes at Maxie's Southern Comfort
  39. Frozen yogurt at Lixx
  40. Full rodizio at Sabor
  41. Garden burger at Hooligans
  42. Garlic bread at Barbiere's
  43. Garlic butter breadsticks at Pizza Shuttle
  44. George Webb Burger from George Webb
  45. Heidi sandwich and veggie chili at Brewed Awakenings
  46. Hot dog with the works at Dogg Haus
  47. House chips (white truffle and Wisconsin parmesan) at Branded
  48. Hummus at Aladdin, Tastes of the East
  49. Kobe beef sliders at Hinterland
  50. Lamb shanks at North Star Bistro
  51. Lasagna with meatballs at Marty's Pizza
  52. Linguine con fruiti di mare at Il Mito
  53. Liver dumpling soup at Mader's
  54. Lobster bisque at Dream Dance Steak
  55. Mexican fiesta sushi roll at Izumi's
  56. Mini cannoli from Peter Sciortino's Bakery
  57. Mongolian beef at Yen Ching
  58. Napoleon Dynamite at Cafe Centraal
  59. Papardelle with duck ragu at Ristorante Bartolotta
  60. Pasta Bianca at City Market
  61. Pesto and brie sandwich at Le Reve
  62. Pho dac biet (B1) and a spring roll from Phan's Garden
  63. Poached pear crepes at Chez Jacques
  64. Polish sampler at Polonez
  65. Pork fries at Honey Pie
  66. Pork tamales from El Rey
  67. Poutine at Red Dot
  68. Puccini pannini at Nessun Dorma
  69. Ribs from Speed Queen
  70. Samosas at Bombay Sweets
  71. Satyricon pizza at Classic Slice
  72. Sausage race pizza at Streetza
  73. Sesame chicken at Lotus
  74. Shepherd's pie at the County Clare
  75. Shrimp broccoli cream pasta at The Pasta Tree
  76. Shrimp sambal at La Merenda
  77. Shrimp soup at La Perla
  78. Spaghetti and meatballs at Palermo Villa
  79. Spicy black bean burger at Water Buffalo
  80. Spiedini at Caterina's
  81. Spinach bourak at Old Town
  82. Steak frites at Lake Park Bistro
  83. Strawkowski at Koppa's Fulbeli Deli
  84. Surf clams at Mason Street Grill
  85. Taco pizza at Riverfront Pizzeria
  86. Tacos de lomo at La Estacion
  87. Tacos de tio Israel at at Cempazuchi
  88. Texas-style French toast at Cafe at The Pfister
  89. The artisanal cheese plate at Sanford
  90. The Buttafuoco at Fuel
  91. The Marquette at Real Chili
  92. The Sobelman burger at Sobelman's
  93. Tortilla soup at Riviera Maya
  94. Turkey burger at Bella's Fat Cat
  95. Vegetable curry at the Taste of India
  96. Vegetarian combo platter at Ethiopian Cottage
  97. Veggie D pita at Hi-Fi Café
  98. Walnut burger from Beans and Barley
  99. Whipped garlic sauce at Transfer
  100. White cheddar nachos at Roots

Talkbacks

smijus | Oct. 11, 2009 at 8:44 p.m. (report)

Tirumisu Custard at Kopps. AVPII burger at Elsas. Bacon wrapped Water Chestnuts at Elsas. Tuna Melt at Dinos. Pot Roast at Milwaukee Ale House. French Onion Soup at Lake Park Bistro. Fish Tacos at Hectors. Crab Cake Eggs Benedict at Hi-Hat

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SzyQ | Oct. 5, 2009 at 11:15 a.m. (report)

Salade Nicoise with chicken at Coquette Cafe!!

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pjk | Oct. 4, 2009 at 6:52 a.m. (report)

Bangers and mash at Brocach!!

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MJM | Oct. 2, 2009 at 12:44 p.m. (report)

Human Torch at Glorioso's, Fish Tacos at Hinterland!!

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lks | Oct. 2, 2009 at 10:57 a.m. (report)

Delmonico Potatoes at Mason Street Grill Risotto Milanese from at Zarletti Cheesecake with raspberries and chooclate at Louise's

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