By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer Published Oct 29, 2020 at 1:01 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 dishes to try!

Kawa Ramen & Sushi
2321 N. Murray Ave., (414) 800-7979

Beautiful, well-prepared sushi (including gorgeous nigiri and creatively executed maki) plus ultra-consistent bowls of comforting ramen are both good bets at Kawa. Don’t be alarmed if they’re out of a dish when you visit; their kitchen orders prudently to ensure that items are as fresh as possible. Kawa is offering limited dine-in and patio seating along with carry-out.

Five dishes to try:

  1. Shumai: Japanese style steamed shrimp dumplings ($5)
  2. Salmon delight: Spicy crab salad wrapped with fresh salmon & topped w/ assorted tobiko & drizzled w/ eel sauce and wasabi mayo ($9)
  3. Try out their sushi offerings with a sushi and sashimi plate featuring five pieces of nigiri sushi, twelve pieces of sashimi and one maki roll (tuna), $32
  4. Garlic miso ramen: Egg noodle, garlic miso broth, Berkshire pork belly, soft boiled egg, marinated bamboo shoots, sweet corn, sesame seeds, scallions, $15
  5. Hellfire ramen: Spicy pork broth, torched pork belly soft boiled egg, scallions, black wood ear mushrooms, marinated bamboo shoots & chili threads & house chili oil (choose your heat level), $15


Lori Fredrich Senior Writer

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.