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

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.

La Dama Mexican Kitchen & Bar
839 S. 2nd St., (414) 645-2606
ladamamke.com
Mexican
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Regional Mexican fare is celebrated at La Dama, where Chef Emanual Corona prepares a wide range of dishes which showcase the diversity of the cuisine.

Guests will find simple dishes including appetizers like grilled Pacific shrimp with tomatillo and brown butter and a creative selection of hous tacos. But the more complex entrees are where the restaurant truly shines. Lamb shank birria features tender lamb cooked in pasilla consomme with chickpeas, onions, cilantro and chile de arbol and served with warm tortillas on the side. Meanwhile, citrus crusted salmon is served with beet puree, chapulin and a toasted corn hibiscus reduction. A well executed cocktail program and succinct dessert menu complement the fare.

La Dama itself offers a cozy eclectic vibe along with its beautifully presented modern fare. Visit in the summer and you can reserve a spot on the quaint enclosed patio or dine in the cozy dining area with a clear view of the tiny bar-side kitchen. 

Recommended: Aguachile rojo, charro beans, lamb shank birria, any dish served with housemade mole

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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.