By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published May 20, 2024 at 12:02 PM

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.

Wy’East Pizza
5601 W Vliet St., (414) 943-3278

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Looking for a pizza spot that does things a bit differently? Look no further than Wy’East, a cozy west side spot where you’ll find pies made with a chewy slow-fermented crust and just enough prerequisite leoparding. The toppings are of great quality, with flavor combinations that show true attention to detail. 

Head to the menu and you'll have a choice of "red" or "white" pies, plus excellent seasonal specials.  Currently, you'll find Goat Rocks, showcasing fresh asparagus, goat cheese, mozzarella, pecorino romano, chili flakes, lemon zest and herbs. 

You'll also find a menu of sides featuring mixed olives for snacking, seasonal salads and housemade focaccia (plus accompanying sauces for dipping). Don't miss grabbing a Purple Door Ice Cream espresso/molasses cookie ice cream sandwich for dessert.

Recommended: The Hot Marmot (red), Cloud Cap (white) seasonal specials

Pro tip: The dining room is small, so you’re likely to encounter a wait during peak hours. Nonetheless, Wy’East pizza tastes best when eaten at the restaurant; if you must carry out, ask them not to pre-cut the pizza (cutting it yourself ensures a warmer pie with a better crust).

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.