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The votes have been tallied, and you've decided Blue's Egg is your top restaurant.

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Burger mainstay Sobelman's is in your mouthwatering top five..

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Zaffiro's pizza came in fourth.

Your top 100 favorite Milwaukee restaurants

For the sixth straight year, October is Dining Month on, presented by Concordia University. All month, we're stuffed with restaurant reviews, delectable features, chef profiles and unique articles on everything food, as well as the winners of our "Best of Dining 2012."

Your votes are in, Milwaukee, and you have selected the winners of OnMilwaukee's Best Dining 2012. We're announcing the results of this readers' poll, including our editors' pick, in a series of articles that run all October long during Dining Month on

As October comes to an end, so does Dining Month here at

All month long we've revealed the restaurants you've voted best of the best in 50 categories that included Best Comfort Food, Best Brunch, Best Pizza and others. But, have you ever wondered how they all stack up against each other?

We did, and so we decided to crunch the numbers on all – yes, all – of your votes to compile the first-ever readers' Top 100 list.

We added up every vote each restaurant received in our survey, then averaged out the totals by the number of categories a restaurant was in to determine the overall scores.

But, note that fewer people voted in the Best French category than for Best Burger, for example, and therefore you can see how burger places might score better than a creperie. It's not a perfect system, but it's a good way to get a sense of which restaurants inspired the most votes.

So, here's the list of the Milwaukee area's Top 100 Restaurants – all according to you, dear readers. Let the conversation begin.

1. Blue's Egg
2. Kopp's
3. Alterra
4. Zaffiro's
5. Sobelman's
6. Oakland Gyros
7. Maharaja
8. The Smoke Shack
9. Botanas
(tie) Points East Pub
11. Emperor of China
12. Ristorante Bartolotta
13. Izumi's
14. Cafe Lulu
15. Conejito's
16. Casablanca
17. Five O'Clock Club
18. AJ Bombers
19. Original Pancake House
20. Organ Piper Pizza
21. Harbor House
22. Maxie's Southern Comfort
23. Oscar's Pub and Grill
24. Transfer Cafe
(tie) Tulip
26. Umami Moto
27. Barnacle Bud's
28. La Merenda
29. Streetza
30. Balzac
31. Speed Queen
32. Beans & Barley
33. Lake Park Bistro
34. Thai-Namite
35. Melthouse Bistro
36. Balistreri's
37. Cafe Hollander
38. Cempazuchi
39. Sake Tumi
40. Eddie Martini's
41. Odd Duck
42. La Fuente
43. Mr. B's Steakhouse
44. The King & I
45. Le Reve
46. Honeypie
47. The Pasta Tree
48. North Star American Bistro
49. Fujiyama
50. Apollo
51. Harry's Bar and Grill
52. Dogg Haus
53. Cafe Benelux
54. Comet
55. Bacchus
56. Pastiche
57. Trattoria di Carlo
58. Tenuta's
59. Bel Air Cantina
60. 8-Twelve
61. Sanford
(tie) Saz's
63. The Rumpus Room
64. Braise
65. Palomino
66. Stone Creek
67. Three Lions Pub
68. Jack Pandl's
69. Coquette Cafe
70. Benji's
71. Carnevor
72. Jake's Delicatessen
73. The Noble
74. Polonez
75. Rustico Pizzeria
76. Il Mito Enoteca
77. Mason Street Grill
(tie) Trocadero
79. Elsa's on the Park
80. Crazy Water
81. Cafe Centraal
82. Swig
83. Ryan Braun's Graffito
84. Mimma's
85. Joey Gerard's
86. Hinterland
87. Screaming Tuna
88. Ashley's Bar-B-Que
89. Buckley's
90. Ward's House of Prime
91. Chez Jacques
92. Triskele's
93. Water Buffalo
94. Centro
95. COA
96. Tess
97. Meritage
98. Nessun Dorma
99. Circa 1880
100. SALA


tennismom56 | Nov. 27, 2013 at 1:06 p.m. (report)

"How you doin" will be doing just find if you go to Papa Luigi's. You missed a great restaurant in Papa Luigi's in Cudahy and South Milwaukee. They have amazing food..gluten free pizza, a large variety and great portions. Owners Sal and Maria are great people and want you to be happy and satisfied...great community supporters too! Staff there is always friendly and knowledgeable! LOVE LOVE LOVE Mama Maria's Garlic bread.....dripping with butter and ooooo so good. Let's hope this list gets updated and includes Papa' don't want to miss it.

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Thens7 | Nov. 26, 2013 at 2:36 p.m. (report)

A must in our travel plans! Papa Luigi's Pizza in Cudahy and South Milwaukee best food, atmosphere and fun! Can hardly wait for our next visit! My kids love it!

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italiangirl | Nov. 26, 2013 at 11:02 a.m. (report)

You really missed a winner! Papa Luigi's Pizza in Cudahy and South Milwaukee has the best authentic Italian food ever! The owner, Sal, has been in business for over 30 years! He makes you feel like family, and loves to spoil the kids! Pizza, Pasta and LOTS more! South Milwaukee has halls for parties, bowling, and events all year round! They have Midget Wrestling this Wednesday night! The portions are great for a big appetites. For the best food, atmosphere, and friendly staff please give it a try!

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Skillz | Dec. 11, 2012 at 3:15 p.m. (report)

How is Zaffiro's the best pizza place on this list ? Just went there and my pizza seemed to have the least amount of cheese I ever seen on a restaurant pizza. The Garden salad had more olives than lettuce.?!?!?!?

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Saltydog | Nov. 3, 2012 at 6:25 a.m. (report)

I see more stories on burgers and greasy food in the future.

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