By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Sep 05, 2022 at 11:05 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.

Tofte’s Table
331 Riverfront St., Waukesha, (262) 408-5633
toftestable.com
Small plates
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From the beautifully shabby chic interior to the well-executed dishes and welcoming staff, this restaurant makes it well worth the trip to Waukesha.

You'll find playful offerings like fried chicken thighs served with truffle waffles, sautéed brussels sprouts, spicy maple syrup and orange butter and grilled vegetables served with sun dried tomato ranch, balsamic glaze and honey maple mustard for dipping.

Chargrilled beef tenderloin is served alongside truffle and parmesan mash with earthy wild mushrooms, shallots and haricot verts. Meanwhile, seafood dishes like seared scallops are served alongside couscous, snow peas, shallots, carrots, tomato cream, basil and lemon oil; and tuna crudo is presented with tomato and cucumber salad, caper cream, crispy wontons and fried brussels sprouts.

Dining with friends? Don't miss the seven course surprise tasting menu. It's available for groups of five or more and is an absolute steal at just $45 per person.

Recommended: Grilled octopus; crispy brussels sprouts; braised shortribs

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.