By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Jun 17, 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.

Tauro Cocina / Leo Lounge
1758 N. Water St., (414) 488-2941
Latin and Italian fusion, pizza

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Flavors collide (in a good way) at this family-owned East Side spot which fuses Italian staples (like pasta and pizza) with Mexican flavors. And I’ve strategically placed this listing on week 25, since it’s an extra special delight to visit during the summer months when their quaint courtyard patio, complete with its burbling fountain, is in full swing.

You’ll find pastas dressed with poblano pesto and mezcal chipotle cream sauce; pizzas topped with beautifully cooked mid-rare hanger steak, tomatillo salsa and Oaxacan cheese; and even some nostalgic 90s era flavor combinations like figs, goat cheese and balsamic glaze. Don't miss Wine Wednesday for 25% off any bottle and $7 glasses of house white, red, rosé or Cava.

 Don’t rule out their well-designed brunch, which incorporates Mexican staples like slow braised beef birria alongside items like Tres Leches French Toast.  And yes, there are mimosas and bloody marys to accompany.

Recommended: Burrata frito; mussels with chipotle butter and white wine; asada pizza

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.