With a warm atmosphere that is ideal during Wisconsin winters, Taco Fresco in Whitewater specializes in Mexican food while also offering burgers and Asian.
Celebrity chef Tory Miller of Madison opened his fourth restaurant in July in a new building on West Johnson Street. Estrellon, with its emphasis on Spanish cuisine, represents a new direction for the James Beard Award-winning chef, who also owns and operates L'Etoile, Graze and Sujeo, a pan-Asian eatery Miller launched last year.
Greenfire Restaurant Bar & Bakery in Rockford, Illinois, is anything but a chain restaurant. It's the ambitious breakfast, lunch, dinner and bar creation of Chef Philippe Forcioli, who opened the business in 2012 after building a reputation with Cafe Patou, says Gazette restaurant reviewer Joan Neeno.
While Pasqual's food is generally very good, its margaritas—which are served in pint glasses—are another claim to local fame, restaurant reviewer Bill Livick writes.
Gazette restaurant reviewer Joan Neeno brought the big guns - her father-in-law - to critique the Japanese fare at Zen Sushi in Beloit. According to her, he was not disappointed.
The quality of the food at Hamilton's on the Square cannot be overstated, restaurant reviewer Bill Livick writes.
Gazette restaurant reviewer Joan Neeno says Five Forks Market in Rockford offers salads, pizzas and panini sandwiches for lunch, but in the evening it turns into a tapas bar serving a nice selection of wines and cocktails.
Graft, which opened in July at 18 N. Carroll St., Madison, specializes in small plates designed for sharing. It features a concise menu divided into four categories: veg and grains, fish and shellfish, meat and large plates
The Buckhorn Supper Club in Milton is an institution. It's also one of the prettiest spots on the lake to sit and enjoy dinner and a drink, says Gazette restaurant reviewer Joan Neeno.
The folks who opened HopCat in July spared no expense in building a big, upscale bar and restaurant featuring 130 craft beers and the kitchen's signature creation, the so-called crack fries.