By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host 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 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.