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.
Triciclo Peru might be best known for their delicious Peruvian empanadas, but there are so many more Peruvian dishes to try at their bright-yet-cozy Vliet Street restaurant.
The menu changes frequently, but currently you’ll find options like delicious ceviche de pulpo (octopus ceviche with sweet potatoes); Andes salad featuring pan-seared tuna served over spring mix with baby beets, mandarins and avocado vinaigrette.
Among my favorite dishes is the infinitely comforting aji de gallina, a dish featuring shredded chicken bathed in a creamy ají amarillo sauce. Currently, it's being served traditionally with boiled potatoes over rice.
Every single one offers an escape from the usual: a culinary vacation, if you will. Be sure to try one of their pisco cocktails or the summery zero-proof chicha morada made with purple corn, pineapple, lime, cloves and cinnamon.
Above all, don’t miss the alfajores (dulce de leche shortbread cookies) for dessert. I’ll often order them to take home with me.
Recommended: Empanadas (buy them frozen to take home); leche de tigre de aji amarillo (street food style ceviche); also watch for dishes like their delicious anticuchos.
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.