By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Jan 03, 2022 at 11:01 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.

Odd Duck
2352 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 763-5881
oddduckrestaurant.com
Small plates
$$$

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Can one ever tire of Odd Duck? I think not. And January is the perfect time to make a reservation and enjoy a last meal at their current Bay View location before they move to Walker’s Point (do it now, availability is very limited, and reservations are required for all seating). Please note that Odd Duck reopens on Jan. 5, 2022; masks and proof of vaccination are required for diners.

Odd Duck is the perfect place for food lovers to graze on countless shareable dishes from Korean pancakes and German braised short ribs to tempura battered oyster mushrooms. It’s also one of those places where vegetable dishes shine just as brightly as meaty options, so don’t hesitate to order broadly.

Open-minded diners will find a good many wins here, no matter what they order.  View the menu online.

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.