Milwaukee's French fries graded

Published Oct. 30, 2019

There are French fries at pretty much every eating establishment, even the one's that aren't French restaurants. In order to see which fries are worth their salt, I irreparably damaged my health and upped my cholesterol trying some of Milwaukee's most popular fries.


Milwaukee's best national chain, 2019

Published Oct. 26, 2019

Somehow, the chain most associated with Wisconsin didn't even make last years rankings - but have no fear, that error has been rectified this year as Culver's took the top spot from last years winner, Chick-fil-A.


The Ghost Train hits the tracks in Shorewood

Published Nov. 1, 2016

The Ghost Train, a new public art project - or, to use the creator's language, an "artistic sensory experience" - made its debut last night at the Oak Leaf Trail Bridge and Capitol Drive in the Village of Shorewood.


Dreaming of frozen custard

Published Feb. 5, 2016

Despite the fact that it's cold outside, I wake up in the middle of the night a lot these days thinking about frozen custard. That's because I'm co-authoring a book about this delicacy at the moment and it's consuming me even more than I consume custard, which is saying something.


Keiser named new Culver's CEO

Published Feb. 10, 2015

Phil Keiser, president and chief operating officer of Culver Franchising System, Inc., will become chief executive officer and president, effective June 15.


Top chef and Culver's make strange bedfellows

Published May 8, 2014

The saying is that politics makes strange bedfellows, but in Wisconsin it's television and social advertising that is serving as the most dubious matchmaker at the moment. Pepper Grinder Pub Burger anyone?


Social Circle: Thoughts on chain restaurants?

Published Oct. 27, 2013

People in the social circle feel strongly about chain restaurants and most are not fans of them. But a few bring up valid points like the fact that chains are often consistent and clean. What are your thoughts?


Social Circle: Favorite french fries?

Published Oct. 6, 2013

People have strong opinions when it comes to french fries and, consequently, this week's Social Circle question received an overwhelming response.


Milwaukee's best local fast food, 2012

Published Oct. 15, 2012

A venerable custard and butter burger mainstay overtook Culver's as your pick for 2012's best local fast food. Culver's has won the poll since the question was first introduced in 2009? Can you guess who won?


All fries are not created equal

Published Dec. 21, 2011

Everybody knows that you shouldn't make a steady diet of french fries. No matter how you cut them, they aren't all that good for you. But, every now and then, a good order of fries is just the thing you need, as side with a great burger or grilled cheese, or a snack all by themselves. The search for great fries seems never-ending and there are a lot of candidates in the Milwaukee area.


Where is Milwaukee's best soup?

Published Oct. 26, 2011

During Dining Month at, we reveal the results of our readers' poll for best restaurants, desserts, burgers, steaks ... all things dining in Milwaukee. It's hard, though, to cover everything with only 50 questions so sometimes, things have to get left out. Soup, unfortunately, is one such category.


Milwaukee's best local fast food, 2011: Culver's

Published Oct. 21, 2011

Sometimes, you just don't have the time to sit down for a nice dinner at one of Milwaukee's finest restaurants. Of course, that doesn't mean you have to sacrifice quality. This city has all kinds of options for diners on the go and once again, readers selected Culver's as their choice for the best local fast food.


Florida's First Watch cafes arrive in Wisconsin

Published July 20, 2011

Mike Busalacchi grins when he says he is searching for reversible shirts. It would be handy to turn his clothes inside out around noon every day because with his son Vinnie he owns and operates franchises from two distinctly different national restaurant chains. The Busalacchis introduced First Watch, a breakfast and lunch cafe, to Wisconsin in April with the Florida-based company's first state outlet in Brookfield.


Milwaukee's best local fast food, 2010: Culver's

Published Oct. 15, 2010

When it comes to local fast food, few restaurants are more Wisconsin than Culver's. Based in central Wisconsin, the chain specializes in butter burgers and custard ... and well enough to be your pick for best local fast food restaurant in town.