By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Aug 21, 2023 at 11:02 AM

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.

La Dama
839 S. 2nd St., (414) 645-2606
Regional Mexican

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Regional Mexican food is celebrated at La Dama, a restaurant which offers both a cozy eclectic vibe and beautifully presented modern fare that showcases dishes from across the Mexican diaspora.

That includes staples like gorgeous aquachiles rojo featuring marinated ahi tuna and pacific shrimp in a bright tomatillo and guajillo aguachile; inventively delicious tacos featuring proteins like duck confit and seared grouper; and exceptional main dishes like lamb shank birria, a dish which will challenge the way you view Mexican cuisine.

Don't miss the salmon encrustado featuring citrus crusted salmon served with beet puree, chapulin and toasted corn hibiscus reduction (pictured above).

Pay a visit during our Great Milwaukee Summer and you can reserve a spot on La Dama's quaint enclosed patio! There's no better time to treat yourself to an amazing Mexican meal.

Recommended: Aguachile rojo, charro beans, lamb shank birria, any dish served with housemade mole

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.