By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Sep 19, 2022 at 11:01 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.

222 E. Erie St., (414) 885-2611

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Korean fare continues to be rather sparsely represented in Milwaukee (a shame), but you’ll find plenty of well executed fare at Char’d, a restaurant which remains true to its traditional Korean roots while offering beautifully presented dishes with a modern twist.

The menu at this well-appointed Third Ward restaurant offers up a wealth of flavor in dishes that run the gamut from Korean fried chicken wings and bibimbop to bulgogi and soul-warming soups. 

Highlights include their beef galbi (marinated char-grilled bone-in shortribs) served with vegetables and leafy greens for making lettuce wraps; succulent braised pork belly seasoned with soy, garlic and scallions; and yukgae jang, a spicy, warming soup with pulled beef, fernbrake, taro stems, vegetables, egg and scallions. 

Don't sleep on their delicious cocktails or housemade desserts, which are always unexpectedly delicious.

Recommended: braised pork belly; spicy squid; beef galbi; yukgae jang (spicy beef soup)

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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.