Best New Midwest Attractions: 2009
Have fun with your food
Milwaukee -- Inside an 1893 Third Ward building, fans of the bubbly gather at the year-old Cuvee champagne bar's circular, velvet-lined booths. The menu features truffles, a cheese plate and about 100 champagnes and sparkling wines (by the bottle or glass) from Napa, France and diverse locales such as New Mexico. A champagne cocktail list includes The Cuvee, with cider and spices.
Chicago -- Chef Graham Elliot Bowles' pricey new Graham Elliot restaurant in the River North neighborhood mashes up fine dining and pop art. Knowledgeable servers wearing Chuck Taylor sneakers present dishes such as a Caesar salad with Twinkie-like croutons and aged-cheddar risotto infused with chopped Granny Smith apples and topped with Cheez-Its. The menu changes seasonally.