By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Oct 18, 2021 at 11:03 AM Photography: Lori Fredrich

Despite the challenges posed by the ongoing pandemic, 2021 was filled with an impressive slate of restaurant openings.

We’ve organized this list of new eateries by type of cuisine so that you can reference it based on your current cravings. We hope you’ll consider supporting as many of these new ventures as you can. We’re certain you’ll find at least a few new favorites among them.

For more new restaurants, check out the list of spots that opened in 2020.

What are you craving? 

American / New American
Breakfast / Cafe
BBQ / Soul Food
Burgers / Pub fare
Dessert
Indian
Italian / Pizza
Latin American
Mexican / Tacos
Pasta
Sandwiches
Seafood / Sushi

Crudo from Birch X

American / New American

Birch
459 E. Pleasant St., (414) 323-7372
birchonpleasant.com

Serving: Fresh local fare prepared in a wood-fired hearth
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Blackwood Brothers Restaurant & Social Club
3001 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 312-8116
blackwoodbrothersmke.com

Serving: Globally inspired comfort food, vegan, vegetarian
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Central Standard Crafthouse & Kitchen
320 E Clybourn St, (414) 455-8870
thecentralstandard.com

Serving: Seasonal snacks, salads and entrees
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Fool's Errand
316 N. Milwaukee St., (414) 269-9908
foolserrandmke.com

Serving: Comfort food staples
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Good City Tosa
11200 W. Burleigh St., Wauwatosa, (414) 539-4343

goodcitybrewing.com
Serving: Globally inspired, beer-friendly fare
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Hop Harvest & Vine Public House
2205 Silvernail Rd., Pewaukee,
hopharvestvine.com 

Serving: Seasonal fare, organic
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Taste of Lindsay Heights
1617 W. North Ave., (414) 264-2326
tasteoflindsayheights.com 

Serving: Carry-out dishes from local food entrepreneurs
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Donut Monster breakfast sandwichX

Breakfast / Cafe

Better Together Cafe
1301 N Chicago Ave, South Milwaukee
bettertogether.cafe 

Serving: Coffee, shakes
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Canela Cafe
2621 N. Downer Ave., (414) 226-6749
canelacafemke.com

Serving: Breakfast, brunch
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The Daily Bird 
808 E. Center St., (631) 438-7505

instagram.com/thedailybirdmke
Serving: Coffee, pastries
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Donut Monster - Third Ward
316 N. Milwaukee St.
donutmonstermke.com 

Serving: Doughnuts, breakfast sandwiches
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Fiddleheads 
4334 N. Oakland Ave., Shorewood, (414) 763-3827
790 N. Water St., (414) 210-4509

fiddleheadscoffee.com
Serving: Coffee, breakfast, lunch
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Fresh Baked Cafe
18900 W. Bluemound Rd., (262) 879-8002
890 Elm Grove Rd., Elm Grove, (262) 289-9309

freshbakedcafe.com
Serving: Housemade bakery, soups, sandwiches
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North Shore Boulangerie - Mequon
11124 Industrial Dr., Mequon, (262) 518-0021
northshoreboulangerie.com

Serving: Bakery, breads, pastries, soups
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Sam's Place Jazz Cafe
3338 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., (414) 837-5127
samsplacejazz.com 

Serving: Breakfast, lunch
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Vendetta Coffee Bar
7613 W. State St., Wauwatosa
vendettacoffeebar.com 

Serving: Italian espresso, coffee, pastries, charcuterie
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BBQ / Soul Food

Daddy’s on Blue Mound
6108 W. Bluemound Rd., (414) 434-1354
facebook.com/daddysonbluemound

Serving: Breakfast, soul food
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Q
2730 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., (414) 810-4096
milwaukeeq.com

Serving: Soul food, seafood, BBQ
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Smoke Creek
10166 S. 27th St., Oak Creek, (414) 246-2094
facebook.com/SmokeCreekBBQ 

Serving: BBQ, burgers

Smoke on the Water
N50 W35016 Wisconsin Ave., Okauchee Lake,  (262) 468-5012
joessmokeonthewater.com

Serving: BBQ, sandwiches, entrees
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Burger at Saint BibianaX

Burgers / Pub fare

Badger Burger Co.
12455 W Capitol Dr., (262) 649-3664
badgerburgercompany.com 

Serving: Burgers, sides

Big Boy
N116 W15841 Main St., Germantown, (262) 293-3098
wibigboy.com

Serving: Burgers, sandwiches, entrees
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The Brown Bottle (reopening)
221 W. Galena St., (414) 930-4606
brownbottlewi.com

Serving: Flatbreads, burgers, fish fry
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Crafty Cow - East Tosa
6519 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa, (414) 897-7453
craftycowwi.com

Serving: Burgers, sandwiches, fried chicken
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Dairyland Old Fashioned Custard & Hamburgers (opening mid-October)
Central Waters Brewery & Taproom
1037 W. Juneau Ave.
ilovedairyland.com

Serving: Burgers, fried chicken sandwiches
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Drunken Cobra
6818 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa, (414) 837-4997
facebook.com/drunkencobra

Serving: Poutine, sandwiches, plant-based pub fare, fish fry
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Magoo’s on the Mound
5841 W. Bluemound Rd., (414) 837-6125
magoos.biz 

Serving: Appetizers, sandwiches, fish fry
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Milk Can Hamburgers & Frozen Custard
S73 W16770 W. Janesville Rd., Muskego, (262) 649-9209
milkcanhamburgers.com

Serving: Burgers, custard
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MooSa’s 
405 N. 27th St., (414) 763-1079
moosaburger.com

Serving: Burgers, custard, fried chicken
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Saint Bibiana
1327 E. Brady St., (414) 988-4629
saintbibiana.com

Serving: burgers, sandwiches, breakfast items 
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The Truck Stop
707 E. Brady St., (414) 837-4194
thetruckstopmke.com

Serving: Burgers, tacos, loaded fries
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Mullen's Yellow Brickle RoadX

Dessert

The Bake Sale
6923 W. Becher St., West Allis, (414) 543-4230
bakesalewestallis.com

Serving: Pies, cookies, breads and more
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Better Together Cafe
1301 N Chicago Ave, South Milwaukee
bettertogether.cafe 

Serving: Shakes, coffee shakes
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Mullen’s Dairy Bar
120 E. Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc, (262) 354-0119
Mullensdairybar.com

Serving: Ice cream
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Pete's Pops - West Allis
1977 S. 71st St., West Allis, (414) 897-0310

petespops.net
Serving: Creatively flavored pops
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Sweetly Baked
770 N. Jefferson St.

sweetlybaked.com
Serving: CBD and Delta 8 infused baked goods
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Ruta's Goan porkX

Indian

Ruta’s Vibrant Indian Cafe
Crossroads Collective, 2238 N. Farwell Ave.
Rutas.in

Serving: Indian cuisine
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Italian / Pizza

Brute Pizza (opens Oct. 8)
316 N. Milwaukee St.
Brutemke.com

Serving: Pizza, salad
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E&F Pizzeria
Crossroads Collective, 
2238 N. Farwell Ave.
greateffingpasta.com/e-f-pizzeria
Serving: Pizza, salad
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Lou Malnati’s 
4751 S. 76th St., Greenfield, (414) 310-4600
2720 N. Grandview Blvd., Waukesha,(262) 672-6355
loumalnatis.com/wisconsin

Serving: Pizza, pasta
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Latin American

Dia y Noche
6601 Northway, Greendale, (414) 246-2002
Diaynochewi.com

Serving: Dual concept cafe and restaurant serving dishes from South America, Central America and the Caribbean
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Electric Lime burrito bowlX

Mexican

Daily Taco + Cantina
105 W. Freistadt Rd., Thiensville,  (262) 302-4030
dailytaco.com

[Read more]

Electric Lime Taqueria
730 N. Milwaukee St. 
facebook.com/electriclimetaqueria

Serving: Mexican fare
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Hermanas
11320 W. Bluemound Rd., Wauwatosa, (414) 763-8846
eatzrg.com/hermanas 

Serving: Mexican inspired fare

Pasta

Egg & Flour Tosa
6700 W. State St., Wauwatosa, (414) 204-1281

Greateffingpasta.com
Serving: Pasta, salads
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Mac Shack
1701 N. Humboldt Ave., (414) 837-4534
facebook.com/Mac-Shack 

Serving: Mac & cheese with creative add-ins
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Sandwiches

Cheba Hut Toasted Subs
2907 N. Oakland Ave., (414) 455-8563
chebahut.com/locations/milwaukee-n-oakland

Serving: Sub sandwiches
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Dr. Dawg Tosa
853 N. Mayfair Rd., Wauwatosa, (414) 763-5036
Drdawg.net

Serving: Chicago dogs, burgers
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Riley’s Sandwich Co.
4473 N Oakland Ave, Shorewood, (414) 616-1811
rileysandwich.com 

Serving: Sandwiches, salads, snacks
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Lowcountry combo
Photo: Lowcountry
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Seafood / Sushi 

Crab Du Jour
4638 S. 76th St., Greenfield, (414) 667-2722
crabdujourgreenfield.com

Serving: Crab boils, seafood

Crafty Crab
11340 W. Burleigh St., Wauwatosa, (414) 312-8291
Craftycrabwauwatosa.kwickmenu.com

Serving: Crab boils, seafood
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Lowcountry Seafood
1114 N. Water St., (414) 252-0015
.lowcountrychicago.com/milwaukee-wi

Serving: Seafood boils
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Wasabi Sushi Lounge (moved)
95 N. Moorland Rd., Brookfield,  (262) 780-0011
wasabisushilounge.com

Serving: Sushi
[Read more]

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.