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smwaksman Nov 10, 2011 12:53 AM

Will be in Racine for 3 days. Need recommendations for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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    rjlebed Nov 17, 2011 03:42 PM

    A few places come to mind. First, Totero's. It is a little house on the South side of Racine that serves home cooked Italian food. There are not a lot of choices, you just go up to the kitchen door, order and the owner fills a plate and hands you a bib, a plate of food and silverware. Then march to the bar and order a drink. The lasagna (Wednesdays) is AMAZING!

    Second, The Soup! It is a new restaurant in the center of town on Main street that serves home made soups and salads and sandwiches. Really wonderful for a light lunch. Susan, the owner is amazing and all the soups (usually five choices daily) are wonderful.

    Sebastians is good but it is not at the level of fine dining that you would expect in a larger city. The food is good but the ambience is not great. Just a thought........

    Oh Dennis's is a terrific place for ribs. It is on Douglas near where Sebastian's is in Caledonia.

    Out of the Pan is a good lunch place. Lots of good salads and sandwiches.

    And, you have to try kringle from either Larsens or O&H while you are in town! It is de riguer.......

    Enjoy! If you are looking for breakfast you can get a great one at Yuni's on Washington!

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    Totero's
    2343 Mead St, Racine, WI 53403

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      NYtaste Nov 10, 2011 05:35 PM

      You gotta have pizza while in Racine. Great thin crust pizza. Everyone in that city has an opinion on it. I like DeRango's Pizza Palace on Douglass Ave.
      The Yardarm down by the lake has good fish and a decent beer selection.

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        Rick from Point Nov 15, 2011 07:32 PM

        I'm with NYtaste on the Douglas Ave DeRango's bandwagon, but I'm biased as a nortsider. Objectively, Wells Bros on Mead St is probably the definitive Racine pizza experience - crisp yet oily and cut in squares as it should be, but in a classic downtrodden trattoria in a suitably tough neighborhood.

        For real local flavor, though, you have to get to DeRose's Bar on the near northside at Blake and Kewaunee. Their lake perch dinner - served Weds, Friday and Saturday if memory serves me - is the single best fish fry on the planet. You can get pasta in red sauce, either mostacciolli or spaghetti, instead of french fries, and their oil and vinegar cole slaw alone is worth the modest price you'll pay for the whole meal.

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        Sailing77 Nov 10, 2011 08:19 AM

        Larsen Bakery is a great place to pick up breakfast items.

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          Sailing77 Nov 10, 2011 08:15 AM

          Sebastian's without hesitation. Technically I think it is in Caledonia but that is close to Racine. Drinks and wine are pricey but the food is reasonably priced and always great. Scott is an excellent chef and his wife and daughter are wonderful hosts.

          1. nsxtasy Nov 10, 2011 06:26 AM

            I haven't been there, but Sebastian's was included in the recent Milwaukee newspaper article listing the 30 best restaurants in the area: www.jsonline.com/entertainment/dining...

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            Sebastian's
            6025 Douglas Ave, Racine, WI 53402

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              Living4fun Nov 10, 2011 07:44 AM

              I will second Sebastian's. I have been there and it is fantastic and great experience. Scott is ver creative with special's and the atmosphere is cozy and unpretentious.

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                exvaxman Nov 11, 2011 03:55 PM

                Sebastian's gets my vote as well.

                There is also a White Castle in the area. I have to pick up a "crave case" for people every time I go past. At least breakfast there is fast :) A cult thing to many people.

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                  Sailing77 Nov 11, 2011 06:52 PM

                  But is there a Webb's in the area? That would beat White Castle.

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                    exvaxman Nov 12, 2011 05:58 AM

                    Not sure if they are still there with some of the franchise folks bailing, but.....
                    4555 Douglas Avenue
                    Racine
                    (262) 639-6612

                    5400 Washington Avenue
                    Racine
                    (262) 634-9529

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                      Rick from Point Nov 15, 2011 07:11 PM

                      Webb's? White Castle? Yeesh! In Racine there are two places for a burger - one is the legendary Kewpee's if you like them fried, and the other is the legendary Yardarm if you want what the late critic Dennis Getto called the best burger in Wisconsin. http://www.kewpee.com/
                      http://www.foodspot.com/Clients/WI/Ra...

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