Best of Milwaukee 2019

2019 Best of Milwaukee

All That's Best in Milwaukee

BOM 2019 Finalist
BOM 2019 Winner

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Each year, the Shepherd Express’ Best of Milwaukee poll gives our readers an opportunity to tell us—and the world—what you love about Milwaukee. And now, as much as ever before, there is a lot to love in our city, which has seen remarkable growth in locally owned restaurants, shops and other entrepreneurial endeavors, as well as initiatives by public and other civic leaders.

In recent years, other “Bests of” have cropped up in Milwaukee, but ours was the first, initiated decades before other media followed us. It remains the most comprehensive for drawing on you—a readership active in the community and aware of what makes Milwaukee a great place in which to live and work.

With the Democratic National Convention this summer, the eyes of the world will be on Milwaukee. With the Best of Milwaukee, our readers have the last word on a hometown that has become a model for other cities across the U.S.

Louis G. Fortis
Publisher and Editor-in-Chief

David Luhrssen

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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 2021 edition of the contest runs Sept. 16-Oct. 14, 2021. During that period, readers have the opportunity to nominate their favorite entrees in over 300 categories in an open-ended format. Readers are allowed one nomination per category through an online ballot located on this page. Top nominated entrees move to the Final Round which runs Nov. 4-Dec. 2, 2021. 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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