By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Feb 21, 2022 at 1:02 PM Photography: Lori Fredrich

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.
Strange Town
2101 N. Prospect Ave., (414) 885-0404
strangetownmke.com
Vegan
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It's tough to believe that Strange Town has officially been an East Side staple for five years. But there's good reason for its success. Vegan or not, it’s worth your while to spend some time with the menu at Strange Town where an eclectic collection of vinyl sets the stage for an evening of nibbling. Offerings change frequently, but you can count on seasonal, fresh takes on globally inspired fare, plus a great list of natural wines, amari and low ABV cocktails. 

Staples include their now "famous" hummus, which is among the best in the city (and served with a choice of pita or gluten-free buckwheat socca), along with their delicious sea vegetable salad, which is as nourishing as it is flavorsome. But, since their menu changes with produce availability, be sure to keep your eye on their Instagram feed for amazing specials, including featured wines and beverage offerings.

Recommended: hummus; seaweed salad; seasonal pasta dishes; specials

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.