By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Mar 18, 2024 at 10:10 AM

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

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Step into Taqwa’s Restaurant & Bakery and you’ll find a lovely space decorated with artwork and textiles painstakingly transported from the owners’ travels to Jordan. But equally lovely is the feast of dishes on Taqwa’s menu which celebrates the fare from climes including Jordan and Palestine. 

Stand-outs include signature entrees like dawalee (grape leaves stuffed with seasoned meat and rice) are served alongside roasted chicken with yogurt cucumber salad; along with daily specials like malfof (stuffed cabbage leaves and mansaf, leg of lamb cooked in yogurt sauce with rice.

Be sure to try the freshly baked manakish (Palestinian taboun bread; I love it topped with cheese and za'atar), and don’t leave without ordering something from the list of freshly baked sweets (both the maamoul and warbat are outstanding).

During Ramadan (March 11 through April 9) guests are invited to enjoy a nightly iftar buffet beginning at 7 p.m.  Reservations are requested and can be made by calling the restaurant at (414) 539-6878.

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.