Wauwatosa and the metro area's west side fared well in the Journal Sentinel's annual Top 30 restaurant list.
Critic Carol Deptolla named three establishments that are firmly in Tosa's confines and two more that are so close by Tosans have laid claim to them as our own.
, 8612 W. Watertown Plank Road, made the grade as a state-of-the-art steak house where, Deptolla wrote, "people still dress up for dinner, at least a little and sometimes a lot" for a special night out.
, 7610 Harwood Ave., earned praise as a genuine example of a Parisian cafe in the heart of the Village, and for the attention paid to its pastries.
, 7616 W. State St., has lived on top metro dining lists for years, but Deptolla finds it getting even better with its attention to fresh seasonal fare and overall "respect for great ingredients."
Also on Deptolla's list were two restaurants included in Wauwatosa Chamber of Commerce's ongoing "10 Days in Tosa" celebration of local dining – even though their addresses are officially in Milwaukee.
, 6732 W. Fairview Ave., is close enough to the Tosa line you could spit a watermelon seed and hit the other side. Deptolla wrote that Maxie's excellent food is equaled only by its party atmosphere.
Meritage, 5921 W. Vliet St., is likewise just a step across the street from being in Wauwatosa, and if we could annex it, we would. "Chef-owner Jan Kelly's bistro just keeps getting better," Deptolla says, with its exacting and creative attention to seasonal fare and culinary trends.
If five restaurants out of 30 weren't good enough, other nearby offerings show that the metro west area in general has become much more of a dining mecca.
Bunkers, 7420 W. Greenfield Ave., in West Allis; Café Manna, 3815 N. Brookfield Road, Brookfield; and Lagniappe Brasserie, 17001 W. Greenfield Ave., New Berlin, added to the list of top-notch destinations within easy reach of Wauwatosa.