By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Jul 24, 2023 at 10:07 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.

Story Hill BKC
5100 W. Bluemound Rd., (414) 539-4424
New American, Midwestern

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Every time I set foot inside Story Hill BKC, I’m reminded of all the reasons it’s remained on my list of top spots for so many years. Its Midwestern fare -- smattered with jolts of inspiration, both domestic and global --  is both accessible and intriguing.

Classics like escargot (with Spotted cow pan sauce served with a warm soft pretzel and Saxony cheese) and the tender chicken meatball graced with earthy truffle honey and nuanced green peppercorn sauce make great starters for diners who want something a bit different, while items like the 12-ounce Story Hill Steak with its flavorful coffee butter are solid picks for someone who just wants a great piece of beef.

Story Hill is also a great bet for brunch, thanks to noteworthy dishes like their crepe monsieur (components of the French classic wrapped up in a housemade crepe) and the deeply satisfying shakshouka (also available during their weekday lunch service) and a stellar collection of brunch-worthy cocktails from classic bloody marys to their blackberry bellini.

That said, the word has gotten out, so reservations are highly recommended, especially if you’re dining with a group. 

Recommended: Chicken meatball with truffle honey and green peppercorn sauce; smoked Yukon au gratin; schnitzel; crepe monsieur at brunch

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.