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 Fredrich (Lo) is an eater, writer, wonderer, bon vivante, traveler, cook, gardener and girlwonder. Born and raised in the Milwaukee area, she has tried to leave many times, but seems to be drawn to this quirky city that smells of beer and alewives.
Some might say that she is a little obsessed with food. Lo would say she is A LOT obsessed with food. After all, she has been cooking, eating and enjoying food for decades and has no plans to retire anytime soon.
Lo's recipes and writing have been featured in a variety of publications including GO: Airtran Inflight Magazine, Cheese Connoisseur, Cooking Light, Edible Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, as well as on the blog Go Bold with Butter, the web site Wisconsin Cheese Talk, and in the quarterly online magazine Grate. Pair. Share.