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!
Tavo’s Signature Cuisine
5814 W. Bluemound Rd., (414) 239-8888
This tiny (tiny!) spot on the West Side is serving up some exceptional food that maintains a solid nod to tradition, but presents itself in a beautiful way. From fragrant housemade mole and ultra fresh guacamoleu to comforting burritos and well executed tacos, the food is consistently fresh and well presented and delivered with top notch service. Tavo's serves breakfast, lunch and dinner for carry-out.
Five dishes to try:
- Azteca guacamole: fresh guacamole topped with poblano peppers, corn, onion, and plantain chips ($12.99)
- Shrimp tacos: Sautéed shrimp topped with tequila-chipotle aioli, roasted corn, micro-greens, purple cabbage, and sour cream. Served with rice and beans ($19.99)
- Chicken enmolades: Corn tortilla stuffed with chicken and cloaked in housemmade red mole sauce, queso fresco and sour cream ($16.99)
- Camarones a la diabla: Shrimp marinated with housemade spicy devil or fire sauce; served with choice of corn or flour tortillas ($19.99)
- Pineapple pastor express: Half of a pineapple stuffed with al pastor and served with corn tortillas ($22.99)
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.