By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Aug 29, 2022 at 11:04 AM

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.

Braise
1101 S. 2nd St., (414) 212-8843
braiselocalfood.com
New American
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Local food takes on a global view at Braise, where cooks get truly creative with seasonal fare, from fresh tomato salads and gazpacho during the summer months to rum glazed parsnips or dirty chai beets in the winter. Meat eaters will find options like housemade merguez sausage, filipino braised pork and shrimp and grits.

Stop by on Wednesday or Thursday for an ever changing menu of globally inspired small plates, which are perfect for grazing. Be sure to check out the Braise Events calendar for nights when you can catch live music in the courtyard during dinner.

Braise is also an excellent spot for private events. Reserve their rooftop greenhouse year-round for an intimate dinner for up to 12 or inquire about their second floor event space for larger gatherings. 

Recommended: Seasonal soups; pork buns; housemade sausage

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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.