By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Jan 10, 2022 at 11:01 AM

Join us on Saturday, July 23 for some lakeside munchies at the second annual OnMilwaukee Food Truck Fest. Choose from a menu of 20 trucks and enjoy the live DJ, games and entertainment. It's the biggest gathering of the best food on four wheels.

It’s more important than ever to support our local restaurants And there’s no better way to do so than making a commitment to patronize them throughout the year. To guide you on your journey, I’ve composed a list of 52 restaurants (one for each week of 2022) that should be on your Milwaukee restaurant bucket list. View the full list here.

Bavette La Boucherie
330 E. Menomonee St., (414) 273-3375
bavettelaboucherie.com
New American
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Bavette is low-key and unassuming, but don’t be fooled. It’s also the sort of restaurant which defies expectation at every turn.

Take for instance, their seasonal sandwich menu, which might feature a spectacular pork belly banh mi one day and steak with truffled mushroom duxelle and roasted grapes the next. The same is true for their salads, which are so well constructed they could justifiably suffice as a meal. And the entrees? They’re always changing, and each iteration seems better than the last (the scallops pictured above were among the many memorable entrees I've tried).

Head over to their cozy cafe to take it all in before they make their big move to a larger space in the Third Ward in the next month or so.

Recommended: Smoked trout deviled eggs; bresaola with black olive fig tapenade and parmesan; roasted cauliflower and grape salad (pickled pepper vinaigrette, almonds and parmesan); entree specials

Also: If you're stopping by for a simple lunch, you can never go wrong with their beef tongue reuben; it's easily among the best in the city.

View their current menu online.

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor

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.