First Impression: Lost Valley Cider Co.

//Much like the rampant expansion craft brewing has experienced recently, the world of hard ciders is bursting with exponentially more brands that are creating exciting and new concoctions in effort to kee...

First Impression: Wy’east Pizza

//When Applebee's announced last month it would be rebranding its 2,000-unit bastion of corporate mediocrity in order to take back respective neighborhoods with a "fire-breathing workhorse" of wood-burning...

First Impression: Karl Ratzsch Restaurant

//It seems silly and even a little arrogant in 2016 to be writing up a First Impression for an institution that predates the first World War, but the newest iteration of Karl Ratzsch's, and how it came to ...

First Impression: Wauwatiki

//Wauwatosa nightlife is changing. After long existing as Milwaukee's quiet and kind of uptight neighbor, recent years have seen the suburb's dining and drinking identity improve mightily and grow exponent...

First Impression: C-viche

//From Odd Duck to Lazy Susan, Goodkind to Vanguard, to the re-saddled Palomino, many of the big-deal restaurant openings in Bay View over the past few years have mostly kept a pork-bellied hue of New-All-...

First Impression: Pepi’s Place

//Let's be clear, Pepi's Pizza isn't new. In fact, you'd be hard-pressed to find a Milwaukee pizzeria with a longer history or more loyal customer base than the Italian joint that thrived on 16th Street be...

First Impression: Urban Beets Cafe & Juicery

//While food trends come and go, and we'll be the first to admit buzz words like "artisan", "gluten-free" and "farm-to-table" have been misused and abused so often lately that the terms have been rendered ...

First Impression: Dock18 Cocktail Lab

//As much as Milwaukee leans on its rich brewing history, there has been an exponential uptick in the number of distilleries popping up around town in recent years. Great Lakes Distillery was at the forefr...

First Impression: Iron Grate BBQ Co.

//Way back in October, local dining writers were thrilled with the announcement of a strange-yet-intriguing partnership that would squeeze an established coffee shop/roaster and a barbecue joint beneath on...

First Impression: Easy Tyger

//When Brady Street Hardware shuttered last year and set off a building owner vs. neighborhood association pillow fight over what should fill the space, it highlighted the fact that if the bohemian center ...

First Impression: Asian Fusion

//The East Side stretch of North Avenue is currently going through ch-ch-ch-ch-changes. Most of those changes have been smart: a remodeled and expanded Ian's Pizza is terrific, the new East Library (and AT...

First Impression: Kickapoo Coffee

//Milwaukee has seen an increase in recent years of coffee shops treating coffee like something to be savored, like a gourmet food item, similar to cheese or wine. From Stone Creek Coffee opening a high-co...

First Impression: Jack Rabbit Slim’s

//When one ponders West Allis, the common reflex is to dredge up a bunch of stereotypes. Like all stereotypes, those affixed to 'Stallis are at least vaguely fashioned from truth. The polarizing suburb is ...

First Impression: Point Burger Bar

//With so, so many great breweries in Milwaukee and the exponential growth in excellent craft beer being made throughout the country, it's tough not to empathize with some Wisconsin brewing operations tryi...

First Impression: Supper

//Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: Supper (1962 N. Prospect Ave., 414-509-6074), the new venture from Gina Gruenewald, of Wolf Peach ownership and wood-fired deliciousness, offers a contemporary ta...

First Impression: Camino

Ah, the Walker's Point restaurant renaissance! These days, the transitional neighborhood's culinary and cocktail climate is all but indistinguishable when compared to the dining and drinking options available b...

First Impression: Sal’s Pizza

If you tweak the old expression “May you live in interesting times” to “May you live in interesting pizza times” (and why wouldn’t you want to do this?), Milwaukee surely fits the bill. The last few years have ...

First Impression: Beerline Cafe

As recently as five years ago, the culinary landscape surrounding the Humboldt Bridge had a much different look. Ironically, an unthinkably long construction project on the causeway connecting Riverwest and Mil...

First Impression: The High Note Karaoke Lounge

// Sometimes you’re driving in your car, windows rolled up, belting out a tune as loudly as your lungs allow and it hits you—the world needs, nay, deserves, to hear you sing these words over accompanied music...