By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Sep 30, 2022 at 11:02 AM

’Tis Dining Month, the tastiest time of year! This means we’re dishing up fun and fascinating food content throughout October. Dig in, Milwaukee! OnMilwaukee Dining Month is served up by Potawatomi Hotel & Casino and Wollersheim Winery & Distillery.

Despite the ongoing challenges presented by the pandemic, including staffing issues and rising food costs, a remarkable number of restaurants have opened in 2022.

Some occupy spaces vacated by other restaurants; others have sprung up in more unexpected places. All have added something unique to the plucky local food scene.

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 2021.

Wings from Turning Tables
Wings from The Shack MKE at Turning Tables
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What are you craving? 

African / Caribbean
American / New American
Asian / Asian Fusion
Breakfast / Cafe
Burgers / Pub fare
Dessert
Food halls
Fusion
Indian
Italian / Pizza
Latin American / Mexican
Levantine / Middle Eastern
Mediterranean

African / Caribbean

Frankie’s Restaurant & Catering
1815 E. Kenilworth Pl., (262) 412-9334
frankiesfrankies.com

Serving: African, Caribbean, American

Immy’s African Cuisine
2847 N. Oakland Ave., (414) 502-9535
immysafricancuisine.com 

Serving: African, Caribbean
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Tropic
518 N. Water St., (414) 212-8577
tropicmke.com 

Serving: Jamaican bar far
[Read more]

Brisket sandwich from 'the' Kitchen
Brisket sandwich from 'the' Kitchen
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American / New American

Bryant’s on the Round 
N51 W34911 E. Wisconsin Ave., Okauchee Lake, (262) 468-4498
bryantsokauchee.com 

Serving: Small plates
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Dave’s Hot Chicken
N92 W16125 Falls Pkwy., Menomonee Falls, (262) 953-2540
544 East Ogden Ave., (414) 239-6014
daveshotchicken.com 

Serving: chicken tenders, sliders
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Henry Flach’s
9140 W. National Ave., West Allis, (414) 543-1060
henryflach.com

Serving: steakhouse fare

‘the’ Kitchen
N64 W23316 Main St., Sussex, (262) 246-6300
thekitchenwi.com 

Serving: comfort food
[Read more]

McCoco’s Restaurant
7420 W. Greenfield Ave., West Allis, (414) 509-5075
mccocos.com 

Serving: air-fryer cooked comfort food

Riley’s Social House
411 E. Menomonee St., (414) 231-3628
rileysandwich.com

Serving: dog friendly bar with adjoining sandwich shop
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Turning Tables Tavern & Eatery
1040 N. Vel R. Phillips Ave., (414) 210-3451
turningtablesmke.com

Serving: ever changing menu from multiple chefs
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Yum-Yum Fish and Chicken
1912 W. Hampton Ave., (414) 249-5660
facebook.com/yumyummke

Serving: fried chicken, fish
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Red curry from An Ox Cafe
Red curry from An Ox Cafe
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Asian / Asian Fusion

An Ox Cafe
7411 W. Hampton Ave., (414) 336-0064
anoxcafe.com

Serving: Thai, Lao, Hmung fare
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Sticky Rice - East Side
707 E. Brady St., (414) 488-8668
stickyricemke.com 

Serving: Lao fare
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Wonita Sushi Seafood & Bar
1260 S. Moorland Rd., Brookfield, (262) 785-2779
wonitasushiseafood.com 

Serving: sushi, seafood, all you can eat sushi
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several dishes from Sisu Cafe
Offerings from Sisu Cafe
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Breakfast / Cafe

Discourse Coffee 
Flagship cafe: 1020 N. Broadway 
Crossroads Collective, 2238 N. Farwell Ave.
Milwaukee Art Museum Cafe, 700 N. Art Museum Dr.
discourse.coffee

Serving: Coffee, pastries, sandwiches, salads
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La Crema
3431 E. Plankinton Ave., Cudahy, (414) 312-8893
lacremacudahy.com 

Serving: breakfast, lunch
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Sisu Cafe
2121 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 249-5769
sisucafe.com

Serving: breakfast, lunch, brunch
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Valentine Coffee Roasters - Third Ward
189 N. Milwaukee St., (414) 208-6000
valentinecoffeeco.com 

Serving: coffee, pastries, breakfast and lunch items
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Vendetta Coffee Bar - Walker’s Point
524 S. 2nd St.
vendettacoffeebar.com

Serving: coffee, pastries, cocktails, food items
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Cheeseburger from HotWax
Cheeseburger from HotWax
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Burgers / Pub fare

C.C.’s Elbow Room
2850 N. Brookfield Rd., Brookfield, (262) 409-3797
ccselbowroom.com

Serving: bar bites, sandwiches, pinsa (pizza)
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Twisted Plants - East Side
1233 E. Brady St., (414) 837-3038
twistedplants.com 

Serving: vegan comfort food
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HotWax
Crossroads Collective
2238 N. Farwell Ave., (262) 357-1308
facebook.com/HotWaxMKE

Serving: burgers, Nashville hot chicken sandwiches
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Dessert

Piece of Love Cake & Coffee Shop
6768 W. Lincoln Ave., West Allis,  (414) 233-9010
pieceoflove.square.site

Serving: coffee, smoothies, desserts
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Scratch Ice Cream
2205 N. Calhoun Rd., Brookfield, (414) 704-8874
scratchicecream.com 

Serving: ice cream
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Hellfire ramen from Kawa at 3rd Street Market Hall
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Food halls

3rd Street Market Hall
275 W. Wisconsin Ave., (414) 249-5062
3rdstmarkethall.com 

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Vendors:

North Avenue Market
5900 W. North Ave., (414) 690-2600
northavemkt.com 

[Read more]

Vendors: 

Paper Table Food Co. (virtual food hall)
733 N. Milwaukee St., (414) 885-9525
papertablefoodco.com 

[Read more]

Vendors: 

  • Blac Bistro (Italian, Creole fare)
  • Freshwerx (sandwiches, entrees)
  • Miltex Kitchen (burgers, sandwiches, soul food)

seafood pasta special
Seafood pasta special at Tauro Cocina
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Fusion

Dia Bom
Crossroads Collective
2238 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 763-9081
diabomfood.com

Serving: Asian and Latin fusion
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Revival
814 S. 2nd St. 
revivalfouronefour.com 

Serving: Latin fusion
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Tauro Cocina / Leo Lounge
1758 N. Water St., (414) 488-2941
taurococina.com

Serving: Latin and Italian fusion, pizza
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Twisted Cafe 
1505 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 509-5209
twistedcafemke.com 

Serving: American fusion

various dishes at Saffron
various dishes at Saffron
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Indian

Antique Indian Restaurant
3933 S. 76th St., (414) 509-5839
antiqueindianrestaurant.com 

Serving: Indian fare

Saffron Modern Indian Dining
223 N. Water St., (414) 539-4980
saffronmke.com

Serving: modern Indian fare
[Read more]

Pizza from State Street Pizza Pub
Pizza from State Street Pizza Pub
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Italian / Pizza

Flourchild Pizza
722 N. Milwaukee St., (414) 488-2029
flourchild.pizza 

Serving: pizza, sandwiches, salads
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Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria - Oak Creek
8171 S. Howell Ave., (414) 260-0800
loumalnatis.com/oak-creek 

Serving: pizza (carry-out and delivery)
[Read more]

State Street Pizza Pub
322 W. State St., (414) 249-5386
statestreetpizzapub.com

Serving: pizza
[Read more]

Tauro Cocina
1758 N. Water St., (414) 488-2941
taurococina.com

Serving: Latin and Italian fusion, pizza
[Read more]

El Gaucho
Parrillada asado from El Gaucho (Photo: El Gaucho)
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Latin American

El Gaucho Grill 
17800 W. Bluemound Rd., Brookfield, (262) 846-5445
argentinianrestaurantbrookfield.com

Serving: Argentinian fare

Taqueria El Toro
8322 W. Lincoln Ave., West Allis, (414) 231-3566

Serving: Mexican, tacos

Tulum Latin Gastropub
2354 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 808-0048

tulumlatingastropub.com
Serving: Latin American fare
[Read more]

Fattoush salad at Lebnani House
Fattoush salad at Lebnani House
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Levantine / Middle Eastern

Lebnani House
5051 S. 27th St., (414) 488-8033
lebnanihouseinc.com 

Serving: Armenian, Jordanian, Lebanese cuisine
[Read more]

Spaghetti frutti de mar from Lupi & Iris
Spaghetti frutti de mar from Lupi & Iris
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Mediterranean

Lupi & Iris
777 N. Van Buren St.,  (414) 293-9090
lupiandiris.com 

Serving: Mediterranean, French, Italian fare
[Read more]

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.