By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published May 30, 2022 at 11:02 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.

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It’s a bit unprecedented for a food truck to make this list, but Heirloom is truly deserving of recognition for their menu of locally sourced cuisine, which would be just as fitting if served at a brick and mortar restaurant.

Visit the truck and you’ll find the more expected casual fare, including a delicious burger, a hot dipped chicken sandwich, a tempeh reuben and some of the best fried cheese curds in the land. And yes, you should try them all. But don't stop there. 

From luscious hand-stretched buratta cheese, currently served with an heirloom tomato salad and pesto, to their seasonal preparation of braised beef ribs (currently served with a jalapeno masa cake, black bean and red pepper slaw and chimichurri), you'll find something unexpected at every turn.

Recommended: handmade burrata; mussels steamed with cream and herbs; and braised beef ribs.

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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.