By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published May 13, 2024 at 10:02 AM

Morel
430 S. 2nd St., (414) 897-0747
morelmke.com
New American
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Spring is among the best times to visit Morel, especially if you’re a fan of its namesake mushroom which they proudly serve in numerous dishes during the mushroom’s short, unpredictable season. 

Current dishes include housemade ricotta gnudi with morels, fiddlehead ferns, ramps, asparagus, pea-mint broth and Servecchio; morel mushroom fricassee served over polenta with brown butter, garlic, lemon and chives; and walleye served with morels, fiddleheads, ramps, asparagus, fingerlings, stinging nettle and beurre blanc. 

But well-crafted plates of fungi aren’t the only reason to visit this Walker’s Point staple, which – despite its uncanny ability to fly under the radar – consistently delivers on seasonal plates like pheasant breast complemented by shallot, fennel, apples, hickory nuts, broccoli and sherry pheasant jus; and smoked lamb featuring housemade pappardelle, wood ear mushrooms, chili de arbol and Sarvecchio. 

Order with your cravings; I’ve yet to find dishes there that fall very far short of expectation.

Recommended: lamb carpaccio; ham & biscuits; seasonal pastas and gnudi; braised meats; save room for dessert!

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.