By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Oct 24, 2020 at 12:03 PM

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 recommended dishes to try! 

Buckley’s Restaurant & Bar
801 N. Cass St., (414) 277-1111

It’s been over a decade since the Buckley family established their restaurant on MIlwaukee’s lower East Side; but you’d barely know it thanks to a menu that’s kept up with the times in terms of both a great cocktail program and food menu doppled with both solid American classics and globally inspired dishes. On top of it all, the newly expanded restaurant is beautiful. Both dine-in and carry-out available; reservations recommennded for dine-in.

Five dishes to try: 

  1. This classic starter never gets old: Truffled fried artichokes with parmesan, chives and truffle oil ($12)
  2. Warm up with pork bolognese with hand-made pasta, parmesan, chives ($18)
  3. One off the best lobster rolls in the city: Maine lobster, tarragon aioli and fries or salad ($22)
  4. Hot Nashville chicken sandwich: fried chicken thigh topped with hot sauce, slaw and pickles on a toasted bun (with fries or salad, $14) 
  5. Save room for their legendary carrot cake: chock full of walnuts, pineapple and cream cheese buttercream ($9

Bonus: Don’t miss the chef’s features: Try something new! Specials announced daily on Instagram

Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host

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.