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Racine finds

Bob Libkind | Apr 3, 200210:13 PM

I usually report about Racine WI kringle, but here are two non-kringle spots worth a visit if you're in the area.

DeRango's pizza. There are actually three of four pizza joints with this name, not necessarily the same ownership. All feature a very think crust, which appears to be typical of pizza in Southeastern Wisconsin. Previously I visited the Derango's on Washington Avenue and Douglas Avenue, and found the latter better. Last night I visited the Derango's on Rt. 31 at Six Mile Road, and found it superior to either. I must admit, though, when I first arrived I was overcome in the parking lot with the aroma of steaks on the grill, and had not been firmly in the mood of pizza and beer, might have ordered some rare beef. They also look like they''ve got a decent pasta selection.

Yardarm Bar & Grill, 930 Erie St., right by one of the marinas off Lake Michigan. Typicalo fish fries, done well, nice steak sandwiches ( but not to be confused with a Philly cheesesteak), and superior hamburgers -- I even got one rare, as ordered. Excellent, if small, beer selection. I enjoyed a New Glarus Offda Boch, a seasonal offering, with my burger. The french fries are called "sand dollars" are are simple round cross cuts from small potatoes, with a light sprinkling of boxed parmsesan. I've had better fries, but there were different and at least cut fresh, rather than frozen. The onion rings were frozen, but better than other frozen rings I've had.

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