By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer Published Oct 17, 2020 at 12:01 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 can’t miss dishes to try

Sze Chuan
11102 W. National Ave., (414) 276-9608

If you’d like to taste great Chinese fare -- particularly dishes that hail from the Szechuan region -- look no further than Sze Chuan, a West Allis gem serving up an overwhelmingly large menu including cold dishes, noodles, Chinese staples and a selection of dry and stone pot dishes. Be sure to branch out and try something out of the ordinary. Your tastebuds will thank you!

Five dishes to try:

  1. Go for the obvious. They're so worth it. Szechuan pork dumplings (six for $6.95)
  2. You won't be able to get this cold dish out of your head: Sliced pork belly in garlic sauce ($6.95)
  3. Rethink potatoes: Sliced potato ($8.95); be sure to add the optional peppers and vinegar!
  4. Sichuan grilled lamb: spiced with cumin and Szechuan peppercorns ($14.95)
  5. You'll be surprised by the flavors in their traditional version of MaPo tofu (with or without ground pork), $9.95-$10.95
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.