Ann Christenson

Dining Critic

Ann Christenson is dining critic for Milwaukee Magazine and writes the Dish On Dining blog.

Twitter: @ann_christenson


3:46 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Milwaukee's Best New Restaurants

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There’s been a lot that’s been written and said about the wealth of good new restaurants that have opened around the Milwaukee area in the past few years. 

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Arts & Culture
2:46 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Where To Eat in Milwaukee Once Your Thanksgiving Leftovers Are Gone


After you spend the holiday cooking, or spending time with people who were cooking, and eating.  What are you going to eat aft​er the leftovers are gone?

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2:56 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Most Annoying Food Trends of 2014

Milwaukee's very own "Chicken Fried" Bloody Beast previously served at Soblemans Pub n Grill.
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When it comes to the experience of eating out, everyone has their likes and dislikes.  

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Arts & Culture
10:08 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Plethoral of Dining Options in Walker's Point

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Over the summer many new restaurants have opened up around town. And if there is any area where that trend is especially concentrated, it is south of downtown.

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1:06 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Sit Back, Relax, and Enjoy a Nice Milwaukee Breakfast

Eggs benedict.. yum.
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One could argue about the importance of eating breakfast, but most of us would agree that it’s one of the best, and cheapest, meals to go out to eat for. 

And as Lake Effect dining contributor Ann Christenson tells Dan Harmon, the greater Milwaukee metro area offers some wonderful options, even for weekday breakfasts.

Some restaurants on Christenson's breakfast list are:

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4:30 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

3 Places to Taste the Ramen Renaissance in Milwaukee

The Shorewood restaurant Tochi serves ramen with unique toppings, like a deviled egg.
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When you hear the words "ramen noodles," your mind may turn to those 39-cent friends to both college students and the thrifty alike. But the ones you’ll find at Milwaukee area restaurants these days are a cut above.

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6:29 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

4 Reasons Why Milwaukee Diners Should Indulge in the 'Small Plates' Trend

Several Milwaukee restaurants offer small plate-exclusive menus, while others offer many small plate options.

Small plates are making big inroads in Milwaukee's dining scene.

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Arts & Culture
3:54 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

To Tip Or Not to Tip? How Much is the Question

When deciding how much to tip, some customers go with "not at all."
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Quickly – what’s 17 percent of $55.50?  Or maybe 20 percent? 

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Arts & Culture
3:11 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Where to Eat on the Cheap in Milwaukee

Our dining critic says you can eat out cheaply - and well - in Milwaukee.
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Is it possible to eat out and not break the bank? Dining contributor Ann Christenson says yes - and you don't even have to eat fast food, or at the buffet restaurant, or even at a church supper.

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Arts & Culture
10:00 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Diners Debate Breastfeeding at the Table

A mother breastfeeds her child at a restaurant.
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Few topics seem to galvanize public debate quite as much as breastfeeding in public.

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