By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Nov 11, 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 dishes to try!

705 Village Green Way #102, West Bend, (262) 429-1515

Why travel 40 minutes for ramen? Why not? When the options are as good as they are at Tochi, you can’t lose. Choose from multiple ramen styles including unctuous traditional tonkotsu, shrimp kimchi shio and playful specials like bacon apple mazeman. You’ll also find udon and rice dishes, plus creativel nibbles like spam buns and brat stickers. Best of all, Tochi’s ramen is (almost) as good when carried out as it is eaten at the uniquely decorated punk rock-inspired ramen shop.

Five dishes to try: 

  1. Shishito peppers: Blistered peppers, pork fat, soy sauce, fish sauce and sesame seeds ($7.95)
  2. Pork steam buns: Pork belly, ancho chili hoisin, pickled cucumbers ($5.95)
  3. Tonkotsu ramen: Pork bone broth, pork belly, crispy pork, surimi, green onion, kimchi bamboo shoots and tamago ($13.95)
  4. Grass-fed beef mazeman: Shoyu yuzu broth, seared flank steak, pickled shiitakes, green onion, smoked bone marrow butter and a fried egg ($12.95)... the bone marrow butter alone will make you swoon!
  5. Chicken chorizo udon: Chicken, spicy chorizo, cilantro lime paste, green onion, goat cheese and spicy miso broth ($10.95)
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.