By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published May 02, 2022 at 11:01 AM

Join us on Saturday, July 23 for some lakeside munchies at the second annual OnMilwaukee Food Truck Fest. Choose from a menu of 20 trucks and enjoy the live DJ, games and entertainment. It's the biggest gathering of the best food on four wheels.

It’s more important than ever to support our local restaurants. And there’s no better way to do so than making a commitment to patronize them throughout the year. To guide you on your journey, I’ve composed a list of 52 restaurants (one for each week of 2022) that should be on your Milwaukee restaurant bucket list. View the full list here.

Dairyland Old Fashioned Frozen Custard & Hamburgers
3rd Street Market Hall, 275 W. Wisconsin Ave., 
Central Waters Brewing Co., 1037 W. Juneau Ave.
ilovedairyland.com
Serving: Burgers, fried chicken sandwiches
$

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Not every restaurant on the 52 Restaurants list is fancy. But every one offers up something delicious. Dairyland is a great example.

What makes a good burger? High quality beef, an appropriate meat to bun ratio, consistent execution and balanced toppings. You’ll find all of those things at Dairyland, a spot which definitely upped the proverbial benchmark for burgers (and more) in Milwaukee.

How do they do it? It starts with house-ground beef (that’s no small matter), a passion for their product and an uncompromising mission to offer the best classic burgers possible.

And yes, that same philosophy applies to their other offerings, including their fried chicken sandwiches and (truly) some of the best onion rings around.

If you visit them at the 3rd Street Market Hall, be sure to try their frozen custard. Rather than using a commercial mix (which most custard stands do), they make all of their custard bases onsite with real dairy and eggs. You'll taste the difference in their sweet cream custard, which showcases the quality and flavor of the milk itself, unmasked by vanilla or other flavorings. Don't miss their "flavor of the day" which is always uniquely delicious.

If you love a good old fashioned malt, those are worth checking out too (they're the maltiest).

Recommended: Cheeseburger; patty melt; onion rings; spicy chicken sandwich; custard

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor

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.