By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published May 06, 2024 at 11:02 AM Photography: Lori Fredrich

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.

Mom’s Kitchen
2177 Silvernail Rd, Pewaukee, (262) 899-5953
Thai, Japanese

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Sarinlada Panyasopa and her wife Neranchana Yabkaset opened Mom’s Kitchen this June. And, while the restaurant is still fairly new, it’s made its mark with fresh, flavorful Thai fare served up in a beautifully appointed modern restaurant. 

The menu, which includes Thai fare and sushi, features common Thai staples like pad thai, red, green, yellow and mussaman curries, tom yum soup and pad see ew.

But, I’d recommend digging more deeply to find rare delights like the bright, fresh moo nam tok (pork with fresh herbs, lime, fish sauce); and hang lay pork curry, a specialty of Northern Thailand that I’ve not seen served widely at other local establishments. It’s rich and complex, but not as sweet as some Thai curries.

Recommended: Pad kra pao (Mom’s holy basil with pork); hang lay pork curry

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.