By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Sep 18, 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.

Taqwa's Bakery & Restaurant
4651 S 27th St., (414) 539-6878
Middle Eastern

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There’s a feast of dishes to savor at Taqwa’s, which celebrates the fare from climes including Jordan and Palestine in a space decorated with various treasures from the Levantine region.

Stand-out dishes at the casual, family friendly restaurant include signature entrees like dawalee (grape leaves stuffed with seasoned meat and rice), which are served alongside roasted chicken with yogurt cucumber salad; and their mixed grill featuring shish kabob, chicken shish tawook and a kufta kabob served with seasoned rice and choice of salad.

Be sure to try the freshly baked manakish topped with cheese or zeit & za'atar (Palestinian taboun bread topped with thyme, sesame, sumac and olive oil) as well as the mthawwamih (garlic sauce), which is good on just about anything!

Don't leave without ordering something from the list of freshly baked sweets (both the maamoul and warbat are outstanding).

Recommended: manakish; dawalee (grape leaves); daily specials

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.