By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Feb 14, 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.

Fool’s Errand
316 N. Milwaukee St., (414) 269-9908
Foolserrandmke.com
Comfort food
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I know that one shouldn't get too attached to restaurants; but I'll admit I was quite heartbroken when Fauntleroy closed in 2020, leaving me to mourn their amazing French onion soup and the best salmon I've eaten in a restaurant for a long while.

Fortunately, I've been heartened by both the atmosphere as well as the food I've had at Fool's Errand. If you've been, you likely know what I mean (and yes, you should think about revisiting). If you haven't, let this article serve as a reminder to put them on your list.

Walk in, and you'll find a spirited musical soundtrack and a pleasant bustle that still allows for conversation, but keeps the plant-filled, sun-drenched dining room engaging. And yes, the snipe wall-paper is adorable.

On the food side, it's a haven of comforting fare -- from excellent brunch dishes like creme brulee French toast and eggs benedict to down home offerings like smoked gouda mac & cheese, steak diane (when's the last time you had that?) and a superb fried bologna sandwich. Heck, you can even get a fish fry any time of the day featuring beer battered fried cod, housemade hashbrown fingers, cole slaw, rye bread and tartar sauce. 

Their broccoli salad with tahini and herbs is simultaneously delicious and healthy (an accomplishment on every count). And I literally dream about their Monte Cristo with its ultra crisp exterior, creamy interior and sweet and savory dipping sauces. I'd even go as far as to say it's the best in the city.

Recommended: chicken fried chicken; monte cristo; brunch

View their full 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.