By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Jun 10, 2024 at 11:01 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 committing 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 2024.  View the full list OR download an abbreviated printable PDF file for your fridge or wallet.

Honeypie Cafe
2569 S Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 489-7437
New American, Midwestern

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There’s always been something charming about Honeypie Cafe, a restaurant which has served up plates of locally sourced Midwestern comfort for 15 years. In fact, it seems that charm has only amplified since their 2021 move just down the street from their original location. 

Step into the restaurant and you'll find indulgent snacks like pork fries, comforting staples like housemade meatloaf and what might be the very best macaroni & cheese in the city. Save room for a slice of their housemade pie, if you can; otherwise there's no shame in taking a piece for the road. Don’t miss their stellar brunch (on the patio, if the weather cooperates) along with one of the best bloody marys in the city.

Recommended: Pork fries, macaroni & cheese, biscuits, pie, 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.