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Chow near Milwaukee Zoo: Peony, etc.

Machaca | | Jul 12, 2009 07:00 PM

Took my son to the Milwaukee Zoo today and was wondering where to eat afterwards. Yelp told me that there was a place nearby, Peony, that served dim sum -- this seemed worth a trip since I live in the dim sum dead zone of Madison.

Peony looked deserted and to be frank kind of closed at 5pm on a Sunday but was actually open and serving a full dim sum menu -- and when I say "full," I mean "long," with lots of choices I didn't recognize. I stayed mostly with the familiar, trying to pick out stuff my three-year-old would like. Siu mai and moist, interestingly crunchy shrimp dumplings were the best dishes. BBQ pork bun was BBQ pork bun. Turnip cake was a little overcooked but had sausage in it in addition to roast pork, which was a novelty for me. I only glanced at the entree menu, but it too looked like it featured a lot of appealing and non-standard dishes. I'd totally go here again if I were in the neighborhood -- except that actually my three-year-old didn't like anything.

So more generally, I'm curious -- if you were driving west from the zoo, where would you stop to eat? Of course there is Kopp's in Brookfield, which always works. I read good things about Edwardo's Natural Pizza (which apparently once had a location in Madison) and Bluemound Gardens, which from its menu looks like the kind of traditional overmenued Greek diner which Madison is sadly lacking; but is the food good?

And in general, where else is worth a stop before getting back on I-94W?