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!
2101 N. Prospect Ave., (414) 885-0404
Vegan or not, it’s worth your while to spend some time with the menu at Strange Town where an eclectic collection of vinyl sets the stage for an evening of nibbling. Offerings change frequently, but you can count on seasonal, fresh takes on globally inspired fare, plus a great list of natural wines and low ABV cocktails. Good to note: Strange Town offers half-off bottles of wine every Wednesday. Walk-ins accepted for limited dine-in. Carry-out is also available with hours Wednesday through Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m.
Five dishes to try:
- Hummus: with crisp roasted mushrooms, house pickled veggies and attari pita or buckwheat socca ($14)
- Sea vegetable salad: ocean ribbons, kelp noodles, spirulina ginger crema, herbs & watercress, house sea palm furikake ($14)
- Mega kale Caesar salad ($12)
- Bombay potatoes: yukon gold potatoes, tomato chutney, cilantro ($12)
- Thursday night housemade vegan pasta specials! Offerings have included cacio e pepe and pasta with roasted artichoke hearts, fermented tomato sauce and fennel fronds (pictured above, $12-$15)
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.