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Local Gems

Chef Michael Feker makes Il Mito one of Tosa’s favorite Italian restaurants.

These quirky local favorites are must-try spots for any visitor who wants the authentic Tosa experience! From popular breakfast spots to nighttime fun, you too can dine like a local.

Blue’s Egg is renowned throughout Milwaukee for their breakfast and brunch. Don’t miss their famous “very stuffed browns,” fresh cut hash browns packed with fillings like pulled ham, roasted mushrooms, herb crème fraiche and more. For another breakfast option, don’t miss the hand-cut donuts at Cranky Al’s  (celebrity chef Alton Brown called them the best he'd had on the road in 2015!), along with handmade muffins, scones and other breakfast favorites. Missed breakfast? Don’t worry – come back for dinner to enjoy award-winning pizza and Friday Fish Fry.

The diner is still alive and well in Tosa. Stop by North Avenue Grill to try the all-day breakfast or classic burgers and sandwiches alongside hand-cut fries. Or visit Ted’s Ice Cream & Restaurant, a true local haunt described by the owner as “Cheers without the beers,” for breakfast, Friday Fish Fry or a malt made with frozen custard made fresh in-house. John’s Sandwich Shop is famous for their signature sandwiches, but they also serve a variety of other family-friendly options with a healthy twist.

Although it started out as a more of a coffee shop, Highlands Café has blossomed into a full-fledged restaurant serving rustic, regional cooking for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For gourmet contemporary American cuisine, visit Firefly Urban Bar & Grill for creative small and large plates. Local tip: try the crunch salad!

Balistreri’s Italian/American Ristorante has been serving up lunch and dinner to Tosa citizens for over four decades. You can find all your classic Italian favorites here; if you want to blend in with the locals, order one of their famous pizzas.

Il Mito is one of Tosa’s favorite Italian restaurants, and Chef Michael Feker also welcomes visitors to his culinary studio/chef’s counter – CMF’s School of Culinary Magic! Take classes, attend tasting events or enjoy private dining with Chef Feker.

Taking personal pizza to the next level is Pizzeria Piccola, where authentic Neapolitan pizzas sized for uno are baked in a wood-burning oven and ready in just five minutes. Don't skip a side order of their addictive bread knots!

Find nearly 40 wines from around the globe in Ruby Tap’s exciting self-serve wine tapping system alongside delicious small plates featuring Wisconsin cheeses, charcuterie and desserts. If you want to exercise a little creativity, visit Arté Wine & Paint Studio to create a masterpiece while sipping your favorite adult beverage, from wine to beer to craft cocktails. 

There are so many delicious spots to try in Tosa, it can be hard to choose! Luckily you don't have to - just join Milwaukee Food & City Tours on the Village of Wauwatosa tour for the chance to sample food at several local favorites and learn some Wauwatosa history along the way!



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