By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Nov 21, 2022 at 11:01 AM 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.

The Diplomat
815 E. Brady St., (414) 800-5816
thediplomatmke.com
New American
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There's a reason why the James Beard Foundation has recognized Chef Dane Baldwin with a Best Chef Midwest Award. A meal from The Diplomat is always a pleasure. Comfortable enough for a weeknight, but entirely worthy of a special occasion, the restaurant stands out for its menu of craveable dishes, which are simultaneously new yet comfortingly familiar.

The menu has harbored inventive takes like hushpuppies made from eggplant; a bacon lentil salad visually presented like a bowl of ramen; and deceptively simple offerings (like roasted chicken) that will knock your socks off. I also love the balance between smaller shareable plates and entrees, which leaves room for a new experience every time.

The current menu features fun dishes like fried green tomatillos with curry mayo and fish fry-esque salt cod hashbrowns served with charred scallion and kale tartar sauce and dill. But there's also chicken leg confit with gnocchi, roasted broccoli and gruyere.

Smoked pork osso buco is served with mizuna, roasted shallots, corn grits and Pleasant Ridge Reserve; and trout is served with dilly beans, cucumber and kohlrabi.

Recommendations: roasted beet salad; fork & knife chicken; The Diplomac (burger); peanut butter pie

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Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host

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.