It’s as important as ever to support the amazing collection of local restaurants that we have in our beautiful city. 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 amazing restaurants. Try just one of these every week and you’ll have visited them all by the end of 2023. View the full list here OR download an abbreviated printable PDF file.
From familiar favorites like creamy tom kha gai and comforting massamun curry to plump, crisp fried squid and slightly fiery waterfall beef salad, a meal at Appethai is both an adventure and a joy. This family-operated restaurant considers every detail, offering a beautiful dining room and hospitality that makes you feel as if you’re dining in their home.
Dig into satisfying dishes like nua toon, braised beef brisket which comes with tart lime-garlic-chili dipping sauce and potatoes or Thai rotisserie chicken with sticky rice and house dipping sauce. If you love heat, try the pad ped moo pah featuring wild boar stir fried with vegetables and (hot) chili paste.
Appethai is the perfect spot for an easygoing date night thanks to its welcoming feel and beautifully presented fare.
Recommended: Waterfall beef salad; duck curry; Thai rotisserie chicken
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.