By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Aug 15, 2022 at 11:06 AM

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.

Kawa Ramen & Sushi
2321 N. Murray Ave., (414) 800-7979
3rd Street Market Hall, 275 W. Wisconsin Ave.

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I have a great deal of respect for sushi restaurants that aren’t above purchasing fresh, high quality fish in small quantities, even if it means running out of it by the end of the day. It’s a philosophy employed by Kawa Ramen & Sushi, a restaurant which has upped the ante for sushi fans at both their East Side and 3rd Street Market Hall locations. Their sashimi offerings are always on par, and if you're craving maki, they serve up some of the best in the city.

Head to their 3rd Street location and you can also indulge in their fantastic karaage chicken. It’s irresistibly crispy on the exterior, remarkably tender on the interior and served with chopped cabbage (be sure to dress it with a bit of the accompanying apple cider soy) and house dipping sauce.

Virtually every ramen shop in the Milwaukee area offers tonkotsu ramen, which is built on a base of long-simmering pork-based broth which has a rich, creamy consistency. It’s a delicious standard served at Kawa’s East Side location, and you can't go wrong ordering up a bowl.

But if you're looking for something equally delicious, try out the comforting, creamy tori paiton ramen or yuzu ramen (with chintan broth) at their 3rd Street Market Hall shop. They are both stellar.  

Recommended: traditional sashimi and sushi; karaage chicken; ramen (every bowl is consistent and delicious)

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.