Culinary no-no began on Father’s Day 2007, a beautiful summer day, when I wrote about grilling brats. And eating brats. And topping those brats. I was inspired by my wife, Jennifer who, in my admittedly unscientific opinion, ruins brats by squirting ketchup on them. Other dining taboos quickly came to mind. The original idea was to take this concept only a few months, till the end of summer and then pull the plug. Then the unexpected happened. People started reading Culinary no-no. Lots of folks. So we keep doing the no-no.
Ever want to start a friendly (hopefully) argument? Just mention a place you think serves the very best pizza.
Today’s Milwaukee Journal had an insert announcing the winners and finalists of their 2020 Top Choice Award. The public was asked to vote in more than 100 categories from March 8, 2020 to April 8, 2020. as you can imagine the Restaurants category had surprises. I found some.
Sandra’s on the Park on Forest Home Avenue in Hales Corners garnered a total of 14 awards, either as Winner or a Finalist.
The Explorium Brewpub in Greendale was right behind with 13 awards. Both are great spots, so I’m not picking on them, but I couldn’t help but wonder as I perused all the results. Let’s focus on the top awardee, Sandra’s on the Park and where it came in #1:
BEST OLD FASHIONED
Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge?
Saz’s State House? Saz’s wasn’t even a Finalist.
BEST OUTDOOR DINING
Or Harbor House?
Here we go. Better than…
Dom & Phil’s DeMarinis Original Recipes?
And I could go on and on.
BEST FINE DINING
AND FINALLY, BEST OVERALL RESTAURANT
But if you really want an egregious no-no, consider a finalist in the BEST OVERALL RESTAURANT category was…Ian’s Pizza.
One school of thought is, that in general, lots of these voters had no idea what they were thinking.
Another point, and I can’t prove it, is that, with all due respect to their legions of fans, Sandra’s on the Park and the Explorium Brewpub did a better job of going all out to get people to enter and vote. They certainly can’t be faulted for that.
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