By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Nov 05, 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!

Tofte’s Table
331 Riverfront St., Waukesha, (414) 408-5633

If comforting shareable dishes -- like fried chicken, risotto and pork belly -- sound good, that’s what you’ll find on the menu at Tofte’s Table. From the beautifully shabby chic interior to the well-executed dishes and welcoming staff, this restaurant makes it well worth the trip to Waukesha. Reservations are required for dine-in service. Curbside pick-up is also available.

Five dishes to try: 

  1. Duck confit “tostada”: duck confit, crispy wonton, shitakes, bok choy, cilantro, sesame tomatoes, hoisin sauce ($4)
  2. Burrata presented with 'confit' roma tomatoes, housemade giardiniera, herb oil, balsamic glaze and sliced, grilled baguette ($13)
  3. Grilled octopus served with greens, lemon mustard vinaigrette, grilled baguette ($14)
  4. Seared scallops laid atop a bed of lemon basil risotto, tomato vinaigrette, capers, baby spinach salad, herb oil ($21)
  5. Braised short ribs served alongside parmesan risotto, honey glazed carrots and radishes, braising reduction ($19)
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.