Milwaukee Cooking and Dining Research Panelists​

These distinguished professionals provided the insights to determine which Milwaukee-area restaurants, retailers and national brands are Pro Preferred. In the process the panelists generated $1,000 in charitable donations to Feed My Starving Children and other charities. This listing also includes their favorite menu items from their restaurant and other great venues in and around Milwaukee.

Maritza Paz
Chef/Owner,
Chef Paz Restaurant
Favorite menu items from my restaurant:
Ceviche, Sauteed Lomo Steak
Favorites from other restaurants around Milwaukee: Chicken Asian Lettuce Wrap (Cheesecake Factory), Barbecue Ribs (Ashley's Que)

Natalia Radicevich
Owner/Chef/ Manager,
Old Town Serbian Gourmet Restaurant
Favorite menu items from my restaurant:
Sarma, Burek
Favorites from other restaurants around Milwaukee: Trout Allmandine (Pastiche), NY Strip Steak Salad (Carsons Steak House)

Mark Rasmussen
Manager,
Points East Pub
Favorite menu items from my restaurant:

Wings, BLT

Favorites from other restaurants around Milwaukee: Scallop (Tess), Seafood Symphony (Bosley on Brady)


Curt Robinson

Owner, The Union House    

Favorite menu items from my restaurant:

Roast Duck, Kangaroo    

Favorites from other restaurants around Milwaukee: Chop Salad (Mason Street Grill), Duck Confit Flautas (Odd Duck)


Manuel Salinas    

Co-Owner, Olde Madrid

Favorite menu items from my restaurant: Maria's Beef Stew, Seafood Gumbo

Favorites from other restaurants around Milwaukee: Pizza (Wells Brothers), Ahi Tuna (Maxie's Southern Comfort)


Tina Sapp

Business Manager, Nino's Italian Bakery & Deli

Favorite menu items from my restaurant:

Brushetta Melt Panini, Chicken Parmesan    


Ronald Schneider    

Owner, Leon's Frozen Custard

Favorite menu items from my restaurant:

Hot Fudge Sundae with Pecans, Chili Dog

Favorites from other restaurants around Milwaukee: Hamburger (Mazo's), Steak (Steakout)


Jaclyn Stuart

Owner/ Sommelier, Vintage Elkhart Lake

Favorite menu items from my restaurant: Popcorn Flight, Gourmet Potato Chip Flight

Favorites from other restaurants around Milwaukee: Lobster Roll (Buckley's), Slow-Poached Egg Pizza (Wolf Peach)


Michael Tsuchihashi

Owner, Atlas BBQ

Favorite menu items from my restaurant:

Beef Brisket, St. Louis Ribs

Favorites from other restaurants around Milwaukee: Deep Dish Pizza (Pizza Man), Queso Fundido Chorizo (Chempazuchi)


Laura Van Heijningen

Owner, Blue Jacket

Favorite menu items from my restaurant:

Brussel Sprouts, Trout

Favorites from other restaurants around Milwaukee: Heirloom Tomato Salad (Hinterland), Fried Chicken (All Purpose)


James Vassallo

Operating Partner, Mo's A place for Steaks

Favorite menu items from my restaurant:

Prime Bone in Ribeye, Filet Mignon

Favorites from other restaurants around Milwaukee: Pasta Bolognese (Zarlettis), Prime Rib (Wards)


Darin Wisniewski    

Executive Chef, Glorioso's Italian Market

Favorite menu items from my restaurant:

Italian Beef, Gnocchi and Sausage      


Darin Yenter

Chef de Cuisine, Juniper 61

Favorite menu items from my restaurant:

Coco-Chili Braised Beef Cheek, Mango Paneer Salad

Favorites from other restaurants around Milwaukee: Lamb Vindaloo (Maharaja), Charred Octopus (Wolf Peach)


Brian Zarletti

Owner, Zarletti Restaurant Group

Favorite menu items from my restaurant:

Osso Buco, Pistacchio Crusted Halibut

Favorites from other restaurants around Milwaukee: Kimchi Brussel Sprouts (Buckley's), Korean Spare Ribs (Umami Moto)

Brian Francis

Owner/Chef, Mulligan's Irish Pub

Favorite menu items from my restaurant:

Guinness Braised Beef Stew, Corned Beef & Cabbage

Favorites from other restaurants around Milwaukee: Bone In Ribeye (Five O'Clock Steakhouse), Full Irish Breakfast (Packy's Pub)

Joe Glisch

Executive Chef, Evolution MKE

Favorite menu items from my restaurant:

Wild Boar Reuben, Filet Sliders

Favorites from other restaurants around Milwaukee: Pork Buns (Braise), Korean Pancake (Odd Duck)

Michele Green 
Owner,
Bosley on Brady

Favorite menu items from my restaurant:

Crab Cake, Florida Grouper

Favorites from other restaurants around Milwaukee: Pasta! (Cafe Centraal), Skate Wing (Pastiche)

Russell Hansen

Sous Chef, Saz's State House

Favorite menu items from my restaurant: Chopped Brisket, Monterey Grilled Cheese

Favorites from other restaurants around Milwaukee: Fettuccine Alfredo (Balistreri’s Bluemound Inn), Steak Tacos (Senor Sol)

Bobby Hinners

Owner, Tres Locos

Favorite menu items from my restaurant:

The el Jefe Burrito, Spicy Barbacoa Pepper Tacos

Favorites from other restaurants around Milwaukee: Wonton Soup (EE Sane), Bone in Filet (Eddie Martini's)


Lisa Keefer

Owner, Puddle Jumpers BBQ

Favorite menu items from my restaurant:

The FATBOY Sandwich, Smoked Spare Ribs

Favorites from other restaurants around Milwaukee: Veal ala Catarina (Catarina's), Italian Bomber (Jimmy B's)

Jan Kelly    

Owner, Meritage

Favorite menu items from my restaurant:

Duck Nachos, Thai Crusted Trout

Favorites from other restaurants around Milwaukee: Steak au Pouivre (Pastiche), Duck Flautas (Odd Duck)

Matthew Kerley

Executive Chef, Blue Jacket

Favorite menu items from my restaurant:

Mascarpone Gnocchi, Kimchi Clams

Favorites from other restaurants around Milwaukee: Bone Marrow (Wolf Peach), Duck Flautas (Odd Duck)

Robert Klemm

Owner/Executive Chef, INdustri Cafeand Shakers Cigar Bar

Favorite menu items from my restaurant: Lobster Hush Puppies, Lamb Lollipops

Favorites from other restaurants around Milwaukee: Duck Pappardelle (Ristorante Bartolotta), Whatchamacallit Dessert (Circa 1880)

Chris McCann

Chef de Cuisine, InterContinental Hotel

Favorite menu items from my restaurant:

Braised Pork Shank, Gnocchi    

Favorites from other restaurants around Milwaukee: Sauteed Halibut (Baccus), Citrus Seared Alaskan Halibut (Sanford)

Joe McCormick

Executive Chef, surg    

Favorite menu items from my restaurant: Distil Burger, Korean Short Ribs

Favorites from other restaurants around Milwaukee: Gyro Sandwich (Oakland Gyros), Cheeseburger (Kopps)

Mimma Megna

Chef/Owner, Mimma's Cafe    

Favorite menu items from my restaurant: Calamari alla Griglia, Capelli D'Angelo ai Gamberi Pomodoro e Capperi

Favorites from other restaurants around Milwaukee: Pork Slider (Balzac), Hot Wings (Points East Pub)


Andrew Miller

General Manager, BelAir Cantina

Favorite menu items from my restaurant:

Korean Beef Taco, Guava Margarita

Favorites from other restaurants: Moules Marinieres (Lake Park Bistro), Gnocchi with Cauliflower & Orange (Bar La Grassa - Minneapolis)


Patrick Murphy
Chef de Cuisine,
Le Reve Café
Favorite menu items from my restaurant:
Banh Mi, Jarret d' Angeau Grille

Favorites from other restaurants around Milwaukee: Cassoulet (Black Sheep), Slow-Poached Egg Pizza (Wolf Peach)

Gil Amador-Licea
Executive Chef,
Bosley on Brad

Favorite menu items from my restaurant:

Grouper, Shrimp and Grits 
Favorites from other restaurants around Milwaukee: Cassoulet (Pastiche), Red Curry with Tofu (Thai-namite)


Jeff Beale    
​Executive Chef,
Molly Cool's
Favorite menu items from my restaurant:

Ahi Tuna Melt, Trout Saltimboca
Favorites from other restaurants around Milwaukee: Cashew Nut Chicken (Yen Ching), Chicago Deep Dish Pizza (Chuck's Place)


Karen Bell    
Owner, 
Bavette La Boucherie

Favorite menu items from my restaurant:

Steak Tartare, Rabbit Rillete

Favorites from other restaurants around Milwaukee: Curry Mussels with Frites (Lake Park Bistro), Pork Belly Buns (Braise)


​Wil Borgstrom    
Director of Culinary, 
Lowlands

Favorite menu items from my restaurant:

Fin and Feather Board, Rocket Salad  

Favorites from other restaurants around Milwaukee: Grilled Skirt Steak (Crazy Water), Curried Duck (EE Sane)


Robert Budish

Owner/ Operator, The Glen Cafe

Favorite menu items from my restaurant:

O'Danny's Stew, Reuben Sandwich

Favorites from other restaurants around Milwaukee: Filet (Five O'Clock Steakhouse), Thin Crust Pizza (Tenutas)

Mary Burgdorff

Owner, Molly's Gluten Free Bakery

Favorite menu items from my restaurant: 

Flatbread Pizza Crust, Any Cupcakes

Favorites from other restaurants around Milwaukee: Paisano Pizza (Transfer Pizzeria), Pomodoro w/Shrimp (Centro Cafe)


Nicholas Burki

Chef/Owner, Coquette Cafe

Favorite menu items from my restaurant:

Trout á la Grenobloise, Plateau de Charcuteries

Favorites from other restaurants around Milwaukee: Grilled Red Grouper on Crab Hash, Pancetta Red Onion Vinaigrette (Sanford), Duck Confit Flautas (Odd Duck)


Thi Cao

Chef, Buckley's Restaurant & Bar

Favorite menu items from my restaurant:

Fried Bulgogi Meatballs with Kimchi, Grilled Romaine Caesar Salad with Fried Oysters

Favorites from other restaurants around Milwaukee: Bun Bo Hue (Pho Cali), The Full English Breakfast (The National Café)


Justin Carlisle
Chef/Owner,
Ardent
Favorite menu items from my restaurant:
Salt Roasted Celeriac, Beef Tartar
Favorites from other restaurants around Milwaukee: Foie Gras (Circa 1880), Grilled Duck Hearts (The National Café)


Ana Docta
Owner/Chef, KASANA Gourmet LLC
Favorite menu items from my restaurant:
Pao de Queijo - Cheese Bread, Palmitos Salad - Heart of Palm Salad
Favorites from other restaurants around Milwaukee: Filet with Frittes (Le Reve), Entrecote Grillee (Lake Park Bistro)


Ryan Donovan
GM/Owner,
Ian's Pizza Milwaukee
Favorite menu items from my restaurant:
Grilled Chicken Peppercorn Salad, Mac and Cheese
Favorites from other restaurants around Milwaukee: Italian Beef (Glorioso's), Beef Stroganoff (Cafe Bavaria)


Michael Engel
Chef/Owner,
Pastiche Bistro & Pastiche Wines
Favorite menu items from my restaurant:
Rabbit Leg, Duckling Breast
Favorites from other restaurants around Milwaukee: Jambalaya (River Lane Inn), Smoked Duck Nachos (Meritage)

Erick Fisher
Head Chef,
Blues Egg
Favorite menu items from my restaurant:
Chorizo Omelette, Browns Provolone
Favorites from other restaurants around Milwaukee: Korean BBQ Breakfast Bowl (Simple), Charcuterie Platter (Distil)

Brian Frakes
Executive Chef,
Pfister Hotel
Favorite menu items from my restaurant:
South of the Border Benedict, Brie and Pancetta Burger
​Favorites from other restaurants around Milwaukee: Dry Aged NY Strip (Mason Street Grill), Chocolate (Ardent)

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