By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Jan 24, 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.

1547 N. Jackson St., (414) 276-9608
New American
Reservation required

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Sanford, which has continued to impress for over 30 years, is a relative dinosaur in comparison to most restaurants on my 52 Restaurants list. But, it’s longevity is a testament to both the standards laid down by founding Chef Sanford D’Amato and now-owner Chef Justin Aprahamian’s dedication to preparing some of the city’s best cuisine.

What makes Sanford so memorable? You'll find a combination of service that goes above and beyond paired with beautifully executed dishes that never appear stale or dated. The offerings reflect the seasons, and even the simplest preparations (for instance a salad composed with house-cured goat sec, Barneveld blue cheese, fig compote and grilled heirloom apples with beer gastrique) are a testament to the thoughtful creativity evident in every dish on the menu.

If you're a beer lover, you'll also find a great deal to love about Sanford's beer list, which includes some rare, house-cellared finds.

Suffice it to say, if it’s been a few months or you’ve never had the pleasure of a Sanford meal; consider planning a visit. You’ll be glad you did.  


You can't go wrong with Sanford's surprise tasting menu featuring seven mystery courses that are always a feast for the senses ($115 per person).

If you missed out on New Year's Eve, Sanford is offering a redux with their "Next Year's Eve" on Jan. 29, a five course repeat of their decadent New Year's Eve menu for $125 per person (optional wine pairings for $55).

Sanford will also be offering a special four-course menu for $109 per person for Valentine's Day (Feb. 14). Reservations will go quickly, so make yours ASAP.

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.