By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published May 09, 2022 at 11:02 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.Wy’East Pizza
5601 W Vliet St., (414) 943-3278

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Looking for a pizza spot that does things a bit differently? That’s Wy’East where you’ll find pies made with a chewy slow-fermented crust and just enough liberally doppled charring. The toppings are of high quality, with flavor combinations that show a true attention to detail. 

Reliable staples include the Cloud Cap, an herbal earthy masterpiece that pairs rich white sauce with fresh mushrooms, roasted garlic and fresh rosemary. But if you're going for more of a classic sweet-salty-tangy-meaty vibe, The Hot Marmot also delivers with pepperoni, fresh garlic and Mama Lil's sweet hot peppers.

But their seasonal specials are always worth a try. They make spectacular use of in-season vegetables and fresh herbs, and they change out often, especially as the harvest season hits full bore.

Wy'East is currently taking reservations for up to six guests for dine-in service (secure yours online). But, you can also order your pizza for take-out. If you do, order early (they regularly run out of dough). And ask them not to pre-cut the pizza (cutting it yourself ensures a warmer pie with a better, less soggy crust). A quick 3-5 minute warm-up in a preheated 500 degree oven before cutting ensures a delicious, crisp pizza.

Recommended: The Hot Marmot, Cloud Cap, seasonal specials

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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.