My annual article, 52 Restaurants for your Bucket List, was originally created to provide readers with an easy way to explore the wealth of restaurants in the Milwaukee scene over the course of one year (52 weeks). Today, as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, it provides a fun and equally compelling guide for folks who’d like to bring variety to their weekly meals while providing vital support to some of our finest local restaurants.
Here's the featured restaurant of the day, plus five dishes to try
Bavette La Boucherie
330 E. Menomonee St., (414) 273-3375
Bavette is low-key and unassuming, the sort of restaurant which defies expectation at every turn. Take for instance, their seasonal sandwich menu, which might feature a spectacular pork belly bahn mi one day and steak with truffled mushroom duxelle and roasted grapes the next. The same is true for their salads, which are so well constructed they could justifiably suffice as a meal. And the entrees? They’re always changing, and each iteration seems better than the last. Take advantage of patio dining while you can; or order curbside take home!
Five dishes to try:
- Chicken liver mousse crostini with pickled plum and caramelized onion ($10)
- Steak tartare with chimichurri and harissa ($14)
- Roasted cauliflower & grape salad with pickled pepper vinaigrette, almonds and parmesan ($11)
- Corned beef tongue reuben with cheese, spicy sauerkraut and pickled mustard seed aioli ($13)
- Beef bourguignon with squash puree, cippolini onion, bacon, king trumpet mushroom & roasted radish ($25)
Bonus: If the weather holds, don't miss Bavette's Wednesday night burgers, which are always fresh and creatively topped!
Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club.
When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.