Best of Milwaukee

Best of Milwaukee Winners

Voting in the 2019 Best of Milwaukee readers' choice poll closed on Dec. 5, 2019.
Winners will be revealed at the 2019 Best of Milwaukee Party on Jan. 21, 2020 at Potawatomi Hotel and Casino. Finalists will be contacted to receive free tickets to the event. If you haven't been contacted, please send an email to Sarah Nagy at

Back in the early 1990s the Shepherd Express did something that occurred to no one else in the local media: produce a Best of Milwaukee contest whose winners are selected by the people of our city. There are no better people than the residents of our city to select the best the Milwaukee area has to offer in dining and drinking, shopping and health, education and politics.

The Shepherd Express congratulates the winners and runners-up and thanks them for helping make Milwaukee a great city in which to live, work and play.

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HOW IT WORKS: The Best of Milwaukee Readers' Choice Contest is a program that's open to the public. The nomination period for the 2018 edition of the contest ran Sept. 20-Oct. 18, 2018. During that period, readers nominated their favorite entrees in over 300 categories in an oen-ended format. Readers are allowed one nomination per category and nominations are accepted via printed ballot in the paper and through an online ballot. Top nominated entrees were moved to the Final Round which ran Nov. 1-Nov. 29, 2018. The Final Round ballot is multiple choice in each category. Top vote-getters in each category are recognized as the Best of Milwaukee. Winners are also recognized at the Best of Milwaukee Party held annually in January.

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