By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Oct 07, 2020 at 12:01 PM Photography: Lori Fredrich

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 can’t miss dishes to try

La Dama
4839 S. 2nd St., (414) 645-2606

In many ways, La Dama represents the evolution of Crazy Water, a restaurant which helped to pave the way for Walker's Point's Second Street dining scene. The menu, executed by longtime Crazy Water chef, Emanuel Corona, showcases an ever-changing menu of beautifully presented modern Mexican cuisine that weave the stories of Mexico City, Puebla and Oaxaca in every bite. Reservations recommended for dine-in. Carry-out also available.

Five dishes to try:  

  1. Ayocotes charros: ayocotes bean stew with chorizo, jalapenos, pork belly lardons, crema agria ($6)
  2. Tatelas: corn masa stuffed with black bean paste, oaxacan string cheese, wild mushroom, and squash blossom, jocoque ($8)  [Watch Chef Corona make these for our Quarantine Kitchen series]
  3. Chile en nogada: roasted poblano pepper stuffed with pork loin and asada steak, dried mission figs, pears, raisins, Pomegranate seeds, sweet walnut cream sauce ($18)
  4. Lamb shank birria with pasilla consome, chickpeas, onions and cilantro, chile de arbol, tortillas ($24)
  5. Salmon encrustado:  citrus crusted salmon, golden beet puree, chapulin, toasted corn and hibiscus reduction ($20)
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.