First Impression: South Shore Terrace

As recently as two years ago, Milwaukee was a city that was home to only some beer gardens. Pretty embarrassing, right? It seems like it's been a lifetime since that comparably lean epoch of outdoor imbibing ha...

First Impression: Merriment Social

Hit the Milwaukee Public Market on a Friday afternoon, try the Benelux rooftop or Wicked Hop patio or the new Colectivo on any warm-ish day of the week, and it’s pretty clear the Third Ward is the new Milwaukee...

First Impression: Amilinda

For every thousand or so of the soulless calorie dispensaries that make up the corporeal restaurant world, there’s at least one Amilinda (315 E Wisconsin Ave., 414-369-3683): an ephemeral kitchen presence, lurk...

First Impression: The Thirsty Duck

For hundreds of years, mankind has willingly left the comforts of home no matter the conditions and resigned itself to the concept of paying inflated bar prices for drinks that sometimes take upwards of five mi...

First Impression: Xankia

One of the boons to living anywhere long enough is getting to know the hidden gems. Settle for a decade in even a mediocre food ’burg and you should be able to impress dates and out-of-towners with ethnic pearl...

First Impression: Nourri

When Odd Duck opened to buzz and critical acclaim in 2012, drawing favorable comparisons to Senora Small Plates herself, La Merenda, it typified a fully shifted caloric paradigm. The restaurant was right on the...

First Impression: Meraki

On first glance, there isn’t a lot to distinguish Meraki, the new venture from Chad Meier, former chef at Blue Jacket. It’s doing the same thing, in the same neighborhood, as most of the rest of the Milwaukee r...

First Impression: The Brown Bottle

To those of a certain late-20s/early-30s bent, the newly re-opened Brown Bottle harkens memories of a former downtown bastion of Thursday night specials and college-y underage drinking. To those of a different ...

First Impression: Nino’s Southern Sides

Not too long ago, Shorewood was a much different place, with the tiny village flanking Milwaukee’s northern border boasting as many grocery stores as it did bars. A culinary scene that started with Benji’s Deli...

First Impression: 8Bit

The concept of an arcade bar has been around since someone got the bright idea to put video games in bars. The arcade classic Root Beer Tapper, for example, wasn’t always about serving root beer. The concept ha...

First Impression: Riverwest Pizza

It’s a scientific fact that pizza will never go out of style. Stuffed-crust, fancy, or frozen, pizza is a universal constant that transcends age, gender, and taste. Still, the everyman/woman food is enjoying a ...

First Impression: Bounce Milwaukee

With 42 Lounge enjoying a downtown stronghold, pinball enthusiasts taking to bars in all corners of the city in droves, and events like the Midwest Gaming Classic thriving in nearby Brookfield (why Brookfield?!...