Here are six local restaurants that we would hate to lose, so let's show 'em some love.
Get your ass in here
Since 1969, Ned's Pizza on 27th Street has quietly but firmly dominated the classic pizza scene. Some call it the "Zaffiro's of the South." Get in there, Milwaukee.
Adore that old school restaurant? That quirky bar? "Get your ass in here" is a new series highlighting original and extraordinary local businesses that are thriving, but to ensure continued success, need our asses there on a regular basis.
The Riverwest Public House is one of a handful of cooperative taverns in the country. It's also struggling right now and needs your support.
El Salvador Restaurant, 2316 S. 6th St., is Milwaukee's (and possibly Wisconsin's) only Salvadoran eatery. If you've never gone out for pupusas, put it on your list for 2018.
A few years ago I did a story about the great salvage and reuse work being done by WasteCap Resource Solutions, 2123 W. Michigan St., near the Marquette campus. Lately, it's been getting some pretty great items you can buy.
Valentine's Day is Ethiopian Cottage's 11-year anniversary and the intimacy of the dining experience definitely lends itself to a romantic meal.
This fresh, tidy - dare we say quaint? - bookshop is located in Bay View and run by two former Renaissance Books employees.
Milwaukee boasts the fifth largest Polish population in the United States and yet has only one Polish restaurant, Polonez. Pierogis, anyone?
So far this series has identified some of our favorite restaurants that we hope stay in business for a long time, but there are a few retail shops we hope stick around forever, too. Like Fischberger's.
Nite Owl makes the series this week not because they are short on business but because, literally, we have one week to get into the iconic local diner before they close for the season.
Sit at the Knight's Bar inside Mader's, order something in a stein, have a schnitzel sandwich and live the good German life for awhile.
Dining at Three Brothers is the polar opposite of grabbing a bite to eat: it's an experience that's rich in culture, customer service and cuisine.