Cari Taylor-Carlson

Cari Taylor-Carlson

Cari Taylor-Carlson, ran her own business, Venture West-guided outdoor adventures, for 32 years and was the founder of the “Milwaukee Walking and Eating Society.” She is best known as a food writer, and is the author of several books on the city’s dining scene, including Milwaukee Eats, Milwaukee’s Best Cheap Eats and The Food Lover’s Guide to Milwaukee. She also wrote about restaurants for 18 years for M Magazine for and has been a regular contributor to WUWW-FM’s “Lake Effect.”

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Dining: Sabrosa Offers Farm-to-Table Mexican
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Sabrosa Offers Farm-to-Table Mexican

New Bay View restaurant features good, made-from-scratch food and an art gallery.

Dining: Authentic Italian, Generous Portions
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Authentic Italian, Generous Portions

Family owned and still one of the town’s best for true Italian dining.

Dining: La Casa de Alberto Is Simply Delicious
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La Casa de Alberto Is Simply Delicious

Everything is fresh and authentic at this barebones Mexican restaurant.

Dining: La Merenda Is a Taste Treat
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La Merenda Is a Taste Treat

You could circle the globe with their wide range of ethnic small plates.

Dining: DiModa Has Innovative Italian Food
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DiModa Has Innovative Italian Food

Delicious dishes, attractive atmosphere and dog-friendly.

Dining: Twisted Fisherman Has, Ah, Great Atmosphere
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Twisted Fisherman Has, Ah, Great Atmosphere

Riverside restaurant has great barefoot beach ambience, not-so-good food.

Dining: Solly’s Still Has the Best Butter Burgers
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Solly’s Still Has the Best Butter Burgers

They’ve added some tasty heart-healthy meals. But oh, those burgers.

Dining: Sheridan’s Is a Nice Place to Relax
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Sheridan’s Is a Nice Place to Relax

Pretty good food, nice atmosphere and maybe the ghost of Dan Quayle.

Dining: Botanas Is a Loud Letdown
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Botanas Is a Loud Letdown

Loud decor, a loud din, and tasteless, mass-produced food.

Dining: Boo Boo’s Is Partner to Soup Bros.
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Boo Boo’s Is Partner to Soup Bros.

One serves sandwiches, one serves soup. Results yummy in both cases.

Dining: Breakfast At Good City Brewing
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Breakfast At Good City Brewing

Great beer, good omelettes, very strange dessert.

Dining: Rice N Roll Is A Great Show
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Rice N Roll Is A Great Show

You can watch the chefs at work. The results are pretty tasty.

Dining: Bumstead Has Big Sandwiches
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Bumstead Has Big Sandwiches

Bumstead Provisions in Bay View offers Dagwood-style dining.

Dining: No Tacos At Antigua
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No Tacos At Antigua

West Allis restaurant offers Mexican, Spanish, South American fare.

Dining: Lovely Bits of Britain
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Lovely Bits of Britain

Red Lion Pub offers tasty British fare, big portions, good service.

Dining: Café Calatrava Is a Lovely Experience
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Café Calatrava Is a Lovely Experience

Unique atmosphere and fine food. But its chef is moving on.

Dining: Thai-namite Is Popular For a Reason
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Thai-namite Is Popular For a Reason

Brady Street Thai place is classy, with tasty, reasonably priced fare.

Dining: Crazy Water Is Crazy Good
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Crazy Water Is Crazy Good

Chef Peggy Magister has a magic touch with any food she creates.

Chef Chat: How I Became a Cheesehead
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How I Became a Cheesehead

Arizona native Garold Spire cooked in Caribbean, now a cheese-mad chef.

Dining: Kegel’s Has Authentic German Fare
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Kegel’s Has Authentic German Fare

It rivals the food at Mader’s and Karl Ratzsch’s.

Dining: Corazon Truly Has Fresh Local Fare
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Corazon Truly Has Fresh Local Fare

It’s Mexican food, but with a difference -- and that’s okay.

Dining: Sala Is For Sugo Lovers
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Sala Is For Sugo Lovers

Sicilian restaurant has great homemade tomato sauce, generous portions, all delicious and fresh.

Dining: Food At New Pastiche Is Sublime
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Food At New Pastiche Is Sublime

But the Hotel Metro space lacks the French bistro atmosphere of old place.

Dining: Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant
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Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant

New place in West Allis, The Farmer’s Wife, serves comfort food from the 1950s.

Dining: The French Bistro Flair of Le Reve
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The French Bistro Flair of Le Reve

There’s not one sandwich on the menu I wouldn’t order again.

Dining: Café Grace Boasts French Bistro Fare
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Café Grace Boasts French Bistro Fare

New Tosa cafe has good food, cozy atmosphere.

Dining: No One Can Beat McBob’s Corned Beef
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No One Can Beat McBob’s Corned Beef

And oh those Reubens. It’s the best corned beef in town.

Dining: Pho Hai Tuyet a Vietnamese Treat
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Pho Hai Tuyet a Vietnamese Treat

Located near the airport, it’s a tasty antidote to all the fast food joints.

Dining: Not Your Typical Hotel Restaurant
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Not Your Typical Hotel Restaurant

Tre Rivali, in the Kimpton Hotel, is adventurous, but uneven.

Dining: Chef Paz Offers a Taste of Peru
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Chef Paz Offers a Taste of Peru

Along with flavor influences from Spain and China. Definitely worth a trip.

Dining: The Sheer Joy of Amaranth Cafe
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The Sheer Joy of Amaranth Cafe

I can’t really review it. There were no flaws, just great food and happiness.

Dining: The Loveliest of Meat Markets
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The Loveliest of Meat Markets

Bavette La Boucherie is a butcher shop and restaurant with far more than meat to eat.

Dining: Oscar’s Is Hamburger Heaven
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Oscar’s Is Hamburger Heaven

Delicious and low-priced, griddled not grilled burgers, with great fries. Yummy.

Chef Chat: How Zach Espinosa Became a Master Chef
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How Zach Espinosa Became a Master Chef

The one-time history major gravitated to the “chaos and camaraderie” of the kitchen.

Dining: County Clare Makes a Meal of Sandwiches
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County Clare Makes a Meal of Sandwiches

With a made-from-scratch quality. Along with great Irish draft beers.

Dining: Goodkind Offers All The Best
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Goodkind Offers All The Best

Small Bay View restaurant is charming, with fun menu and fine food.

Dining: Hue In Bay View Is a Winner
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Hue In Bay View Is a Winner

Good Vietnamese food even includes Friday fish fry.

Dining: Harry’s on Brady a Major Disappointment
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Harry’s on Brady a Major Disappointment

But the servings are large and the food spills out, if you like that sort of thing.

Chef Chat: Brian Frakes Juggles Four Kitchens
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Brian Frakes Juggles Four Kitchens

Pfister’s executive chef oversees all the hotel’s food. Yes, it’s intense.

Dining: No One Leaves Il Mito Hungry
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No One Leaves Il Mito Hungry

The food blends Italian and other global food styles with passion.

Dining: North Avenue Grill Has Home Cooking
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North Avenue Grill Has Home Cooking

All-American diner has huge menu, great burgers and tons of choices for lunch or breakfast.

Dining: Eating Cheap at the Metro Restaurant
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Eating Cheap at the Metro Restaurant

Its offerings for Downtown Dining Week were good but skimpy.

Dining: Small is Beautiful at Merriment Social
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Small is Beautiful at Merriment Social

Delicious Dim Sum and small plates in a cheerful Fifth Ward atmosphere.

Dining: Buckley’s Is a “10”
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Buckley’s Is a “10”

Lovely food, lovely service, in upscale yet casual ambience.

Dining: El Salvador Brings New Flavors to City
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El Salvador Brings New Flavors to City

But stick with the restaurant’s Salvadorian dishes made with pupusas.

Dining: Envoy Serves An Awesome Brunch
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Envoy Serves An Awesome Brunch

The Ambassador Hotel is also a great place for lunch.

Dining: Brown Bottle Has Old World Class
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Brown Bottle Has Old World Class

Great old Milwaukee atmosphere, some good food and some not.

Dining: Pepi’s Place Has Plentiful Problems
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Pepi’s Place Has Plentiful Problems

Like uneven food, a so-so atmosphere, and service so bad it’s hard to believe.

Dining: C-viche Is An Ethnic Adventure
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C-viche Is An Ethnic Adventure

Peruvian, Mexican and even Chinese flavors intermixed at this new Bay View restaurant.

Dining: Tsunami Is Genuinely Mexican
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Tsunami Is Genuinely Mexican

Mostly seafood served, the menu all in Spanish and gringos are rare. But good food.

Dining: The Sweet Hospitality of Swig
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The Sweet Hospitality of Swig

Third Ward restaurant has moderate prices, yummy desserts.

Dining: Chez Jacques, French and Reasonably Priced
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Chez Jacques, French and Reasonably Priced

Since 2001, it’s offered moderately-priced, bistro-style food and wine.

Dining: Movida a Great Choice for Spanish Food
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Movida a Great Choice for Spanish Food

Wonderful food, great desserts, very dim lighting. But be careful about the Iberian ham.

Dining: Beerline Cafe Offers Vegan Variety
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Beerline Cafe Offers Vegan Variety

Even something that smells like bacon. And all very fresh.

Dining: Zak’s Makes Sure You’re Never Hangry
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Zak’s Makes Sure You’re Never Hangry

Cozy Walker’s Point cafe offers hearty food in a warm, wood-toned atmosphere.

Dining: Juniper 61 Is Great for Lunch
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Juniper 61 Is Great for Lunch

The second restaurant by Cafe Lulu’s owners offers great sandwiches.

Dining: Beer Bistro Cooks Everything With Beer
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Beer Bistro Cooks Everything With Beer

The Travel Channel will feature the place. So how’s the food?

Dining: La Masa Is Tasty Addition to Brady Street
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La Masa Is Tasty Addition to Brady Street

The empanadas are mostly delicious and you could eat the sauces with a spoon.

Dining: The National Is Really International
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The National Is Really International

A sweet space, fun menu and great breakfasts and lunches.

Chef Chat: The Pasta Tree’s Suzzette Metcalfe
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The Pasta Tree’s Suzzette Metcalfe

Life's twists and turns brought Metcalfe to The Pasta Tree twice before she became owner.

Dining: Tenuta’s Offers Cozy Italian Dining
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Tenuta’s Offers Cozy Italian Dining

It’s like a neighborhood restaurant with classic southern Italian food.

Dining: Lovely Patio Dining at Cafe at the Plaza
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Lovely Patio Dining at Cafe at the Plaza

New evening hours are a great addition, while it’s still reliable for brunch or lunch.

Chef Chat: Shanah Kaiser, the Accidental Chef
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Shanah Kaiser, the Accidental Chef

The executive chef at McBob’s never planned such a career, but loves food, the job, and the fast-paced action.

Dining: El Canaveral, My New Mexican Favorite
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El Canaveral, My New Mexican Favorite

Food is authentic, dishes are all fresh-made and restaurant’s prices are reasonable.

Dining: Stubby’s Gastropub Is Lots of Fun
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Stubby’s Gastropub Is Lots of Fun

With very good food in a relaxed, contemporary rustic setting.

Dining: Small Is Beautiful at The Noble
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Small Is Beautiful at The Noble

Tiny Walker’s Point restaurant offers imaginative entrees in a very laid-back atmosphere.

Dining: Kil@wat, the Brightest Restaurant in Town?
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Kil@wat, the Brightest Restaurant in Town?

A fine place on a sunny day for breakfast or lunch, or later fare as the street lights of Downtown come up.

Chef Chat: Chef Gregg DesRosier Loves Ramen
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Chef Gregg DesRosier Loves Ramen

And he’s turned Tochi into the city’s only restaurant dedicated to it.

Dining: Pizza Man Offers Far More Than Pie
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Pizza Man Offers Far More Than Pie

It still offers good food, a wide-ranging menu and vast wine list, but now in a bigger, gorgeously-rehabbed space.

Dining: Story Hill BKC Is a Puzzle
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Story Hill BKC Is a Puzzle

We had one great meal, and one mediocre one. Which is the real restaurant?

Dining: Vanguard Offers Gourmet Sausages
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Vanguard Offers Gourmet Sausages

The new Bay View restaurant creates delicious sausages made with lamb, duck and camel. Yes, camel.

Dining: Onesto Offers the Pure Pleasure of Pasta
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Onesto Offers the Pure Pleasure of Pasta

Third Ward Italian restaurant offers wonderful pasta dishes, and much more.

Dining: Nourri Offers Eclectic Excellence
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Nourri Offers Eclectic Excellence

Restaurant boasts inventive menu, seductive entrees and great bakery.

Second Helpings: Another Look at Prodigal Gastropub
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Another Look at Prodigal Gastropub

The restaurant’s food is creative, but uneven, another critic finds.

Dining: Love Handle’s Sandwiches From Scratch
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Love Handle’s Sandwiches From Scratch

How a couple in love created a homey restaurant with unique, farm-to-table creations.