Bars and restaurants have long served as important gathering places for members of the LGBTQ+ community, serving as safe places to escape, join together, plan and protest. They have also – especially in recent years – become places for talented chefs to share their creativity (and their Pride) with the community.
This guide pays homage to LGBTQ+ eateries throughout the Cream City. And while the types of food they serve might vary greatly, every one of these eateries shares at least one thing in common: they are all safe, welcoming places where you can enjoy a great meal.
Zocalo Food Park, 636 S. 6th St., (414) 544-2175
Serving: Puerto Rican fare
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.