By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Sep 04, 2023 at 11:04 AM Photography: Lori Fredrich

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.

I.d. Delafield
415 Genesee St., Delafield, (262) 249-6473

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If you’re looking for a beautiful place to dine, look no further than I.d. in Delafield where the aesthetic in the dining room is just as gorgeous as the food that comes out of the open kitchen.

The menu is a team effort at I.d., so it showcases a wide range of styles; but you can be assured of finding bold flavors, global influences and fresh, local ingredients at every turn.

Currently, you'll find dishes like warm whipped feta with herbs, roasted tomatoes and housemade whole wheat pitas; crab summer rolls wrapped in rice paper with sweet chili vinaigrette radishes and coconut pistachio butter; and seasonal peach tomato and burrata salad.

Heirloom carrots shine when served with poblano green goddess dressing, crispy cocoa nibs and a drizzle of dark chili oil; and birria tacos take a different shape when filled with slow braised beef short rib, oyster mushrooms, Carr valley fontina, Hook's triple play cotija cheese, avocado mousse and pickled onions.

Don’t sleep on their stunning composed desserts, which will stretch your palate with their wild-yet-scrumptious flavor profiles.

I.d. is also a spectacular spot for brunch which takes place on Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Also recommended: Creatively topped flatbreads; fish dishes; double cheesy smash burger; desserts

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.