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​Buckley's Restaurant

Maxie's Southern Comfort

Sanford Restaurant

Balzac Wine Bar

Bosley On Brady

Elsa's on the Park

Hinterland Erie Street Gastropub

Kopp's Frozen Custard


Odd Duck

Wolf Peach

Milwaukee American Restaurants

The following results are based on detailed surveys from more than 40 Milwaukee-area chefs, restaurateurs and other culinary professionals. Restaurants that received multiple recommendations are listed here, in descending order of number of recommendations, with ties in alphabetical order.

Special thanks to the Milwaukee culinary professionals who participated in the research, generating $1,000 in donations to Feed My Starving Children and other charities from Pro Preferred.