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.
2569 S Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 489-7437
Midwestern comfort food
There’s always been something charming about Honeypie Cafe, a restaurant which has served up plates of Midwestern comfort for over 14 years. In fact, it seems that charm has only amplified since their 2021 move just down the street from their original location.
Step into the restaurant and you'll find hearty breakfast options like signature pork fries (with an egg on top); a classic Denver omelet; and biscuits and gravy (those biscuits are perfection), a satisfying Cobb salad and chicken and biscuit pie for lunch.
Pop over for dinner and you'll also find shareable snacks like , plus comforting staples like delicious Midwest meatloaf (served with garlic mashed potatoes, bacon braised green beans and fried onion straws); an excellent Friday fish fry and what I'd consider to be the very best macaroni & cheese in the city.
Don’t miss their stellar brunch (on the patio, if the weather cooperates), which includes winners like pork belly hash, breakfast burrito and the Honeypie Benedict along with fresh mimosas and their garlic-rosemary bloody mary (it's top notch).
Save room for a slice of their housemade pie, if you can; otherwise there's no shame in taking a piece (or a whole pie) for the road.
Recommended: Housemade biscuits with jam, macaroni & cheese, pork fries, pot roast, salted honey pie
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.