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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

BEST DINING IN FRANKLIN-AREA: Care to comment?

Back in June, I announced the results of my Best Dining in Franklin-area survey of readers.

Since then, I have a lot of new readers. And because Friday is normally the day we look to the Journal/Sentinel for restaurant news and reviews, I thought it might not be a bad idea to show the results again to allow you the opportunity to comment, an opportunity you didn't have in June.

So here are those results, and feel free to comment away.


Your votes are in and here are the results of the 1st Best Dining in the Franklin-area Survey!

As I wrote weeks ago, this project was inspired by similar surveys conducted by Milwaukee Magazine and OnMilwaukee.com, and was an effort to engage readers in a public service to showcase the best in our community.

The survey comes at a time when there’s a buzz about future retail developments in Franklin and the anticipation of bigger and better things to come. It is my hope that the survey recognizes and acknowledges the quality establishments we have in and around Franklin.

Survey responses were taken between May 21, 2007 and June 9, 2007. Selections were limited to restaurants in the Franklin-area, including Franklin, Greendale, Greenfield, Oak Creek, and Hales Corners.

In each category, there is a first and second place winner.


THE WINNERS:


Best Bakery

1) GREAT HARVEST BREAD COMPANY, Greendale
2) SENTRY FOODS, Franklin


Best Breakfast
1) MEYER’S RESTAURANT AND BAR, Greenfield
2) GEORGE WEBB’S, Multiple locations


Best Lunch

1) HANLEY’S, Franklin
2) WEGNER’S, Franklin


Best Burger

1) BOULDER JUNCTION, Greenfield
2) KOPP’S, Greenfield


Best Coffee Shop/Café

1) BROAD ST. COFFEE COMPANY, Greendale
2) FIVE STAR, Franklin


Best Décor

1) MR. MIYAGI’S, Greenfield
2) WEGNER’S, Franklin


Best Desserts

1) SUNDAY BRUNCH AT BARTOLOTTA’S IN BOERNER BOTANICAL GARDENS, Hales Corners
2) HEINEMAN’S, Greendale


Best Fish Fry
TIE

1) BARTOLOTTA’S AT BOERNER BOTANICAL GARDENS, Hales Corners and WEGNER’S, Franklin
2) WENDT’S, Greenfield


Best Frozen Custard

1) KOPP’S, Greenfield
2) CULVER’S, Multiple locations


Best Patio

1) MIA FAMIGLIA, Hales Corners
2) THAT’S AMORE, Hales Corners


Best Pizza

1) MICHAELANGELO’S, Franklin
2) TRATTORIA DI CARLO, Oak Creek


Best Romantic Restaurant

1) MIA FAMIGLIA, Hales Corners
TIE
2) HUGO’S STEAKHOUSE, Franklin and MR. MIYAGI’S, Greenfield


Best Seafood

1) MR. MIYAGI’S, Greenfield
2) BARTOLOTTA’S FRIDAY FISH FRY AT BOERNER BOTANICAL GARDENS, Hales Corners


Best Steak

1) HUGO’S STEAKHOUSE, Franklin
2) CASA DI GIORGIO, Franklin


Best Subs/Sandwiches

1) COUSIN’S, Multiple locations
TIE
2) SUBWAY, Multiple locations and JIMMY JOHN’S, Oak Creek


Best Family-Friendly Restaurant

1) MEYER’S RESTAURANT AND BAR, Greenfield
2) CHAMP’S, Greenfield


Best Asian

1) LE BISTRO SHANGHAI, Hales Corners
2) LOTUS CHINESE RESTAURANT, Franklin


Best Italian

1) CASA DI GIORGIO, Franklin
2) TRATTORIA DI CARLO, Oak Creek


Best Mexican

1) ROMINE’S MEXICAN RESTAURANTE, Greenfield
2) LOS MARIACHI’S, Greenfield


Best Bar Food

1) HANLEY’S, Franklin
2) BOSCH’S, Hales Corners


BONUS CATEGORY
Top two restaurants (names or types of restaurants) you’d like to see at Fountains of Franklin



The winner in this category was the most dominant response in the survey. Just about everyone who responded gave what ultimately would be the #1 selection:

A BARTOLOTTA or BARTOLOTTA-type restaurant.

Here are just some of the many other ideas suggested for Fountains of Franklin restaurants:


ELM GROVE INN

A RESTAURANT WITH OUTDOOR SEATING

CEREALITY CEREAL BAR AND CAFÉ

JAPANESE HIBACHI STYLE, like SEIGO’S

CHEESECAKE FACTORY

RED LOBSTER

PF CHANG’S

JOSE’S BLUE SOMBRERO

ANY RESTAURANT RUN BY JOHNNY VASSALO (JOHNNY V.)

ESPN CLUB OR ESPN ZONE



My sincere thanks to everyone who participated!

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