By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer Published Oct 19, 2020 at 6:01 PM

Despite the challenges of 2020, the past year was filled with an impressive list of openings (well over 50), a good percentage of which opened since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The slate of new eateries includes a wide range of options, from Lao to Mexican and burgers to pizza, plus a little of everything in between.

We’ve organized this list of new spots 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.

What are you craving? 

American / New American
Aperitivo / Small plates
BBQ / Southern / Soul Food
Breakfast / Brunch / Lunch
Burgers / Pub fare
Fried Chicken
Italian / Pizza
Mexican / Tacos
Middle Eastern
Poke / Sushi
New, but closed for now

American / New American

Americas Continental Eatery
515 Wells St., Delafield, (262) 303-5070

Serving: Cuisine from the U.S., Canada and South America
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Ash at Iron Horse Hotel
500 W Florida St. Suite 100, (414) 374-4766

Serving: Wood-fired cuisine prepared in the restaurant’s open hearth
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Bonobo American Bistro
4518 N Oakland Ave., (414) 964-4663

Serving: Modern bistro style fare
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Buckatabon Supper Club
7700 Harwood Ave., (414) 271-7700

Serving: Classic supper club fare with a twist
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732 E. Burleigh St., (414) 372-7880

Serving: Diner style comfort food
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Makk ‘n’ Cheese
2242 S Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 837-3054

Serving: Inventive macaroni and cheese and grilled cheese sandwiches
[Read more]

Aperitivo / small plates

311 N Plankinton Ave., (414) 276-4400

Serving: Breakfast, sandwiches and apertivo style snacks (perfect with drinks)
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Mina @ Crossroads Collective
2238 N Farwell Ave.

Serving: Basque inspired fare
[Read more]

Snack Boys (moved to the East Side)
2028 E North Ave., (414) 810-1006

Serving: Fun high end small plates, daily specials (like pizza and pho)
[Read more]

BBQ / Soul food

Big Daddy’s BBQ and Soul Food
2730 N Humboldt Blvd., (414) 758-8602

Serving: Smoked meats, burgers
[Read more]

Crab It Your Way
823 N. 2nd St., (414) 455-3837

Serving: Louisiana crab boils
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Grandma’s Hands
2721 N Blaine Pl., (414) 455-3685

Serving: Burgers, wings, daily specials and soul food on Saturday and Sunday

Breakfast / brunch / lunch

Allie Boys Bagelry & Luncheonette
135 East National Ave., (414) 988-0388

Serving: Modern takes on East Coast deli fare
[Read more]

The Coop
350 Delafield St., Waukesha, (262) 408-2748
Serving: Breakfast and brunch
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Donut Monster
5169 N. Elkhart Ave., Whitefish Bay, (414) 988-2910

Serving: Doughnuts, breakfast sandwiches
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Fairgrounds Coffee + Tea
916 E State St., (414) 395-3003

Serving: Breakfast items, bowls, sandwiches
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Golden Nest Pancakes Cafe
11250 W Burleigh St., (414) 935-2135

Serving: Breakfast and brunch items including their secret recipe pancakes
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Press au Marche
207 E. Buffalo St., (414) 810-0445
Serving: Belgian liege waffles with sweet or savory toppings (currently pre-order only)
[Read more]

770 N Jefferson St., (414) 212-8889

Serving: Creative boxed lunch style sandwiches
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Burgers / pub fare

Betty’s Burgers & Custard
1233 E Brady St., (414) 249-4972

Serving: Burgers, custard and globally inspired hot dogs
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Camino - West Allis
7211 W Greenfield Ave., (414) 810-4838

Serving: Scratch-made pub fare, including fish fry, daily specials
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924 E. Rawson Ave., Oak Creek, (262) 207-4093 

Serving: Carry-out burgers, fried chicken sandwiches and desserts
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Explorium Brewpub - Third Ward
143 W. Saint Paul Ave., (414) 423-1365

Serving: Beer-worthy and beer-infused fare
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Jackson’s Blue Ribbon Pub - West Milwaukee
1203 N 10th St., (414) 276-7271

Serving: Scratch-made pub fare
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JC’s Parkside Pub - Cudahy
4671 S Lake Dr., (414) 249-4734

Serving: Pub fare, including Friday fish fry
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Neighborhood Draft
5921 W Vliet St., (414) 885-2028

Serving: Clever twists on pub favorites from wings to tacos
[Read more]

Pete’s Pub
1234 E Brady St., (414) 312-7457
Serving: Elevated pub fare
[Read more]

Pivot Room
185 S Moorland Rd., (262) 317-3400

Serving: Casual bites, flatbreads and sandwiches
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Third Street Tavern
1110 N Old World 3rd St., (414) 897-8137
Serving: Appetizers, burgers and sandwiches
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Twisted Plants
4905 S Packard Ave., (414) 800-4005

Serving:  Vegan comfort food, burgers
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Uncle Bucks 
1125 N. Old World Third St., (414) 988-0355
Serving:  Elevated bar fare
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Wahlburgers - Third Ward
322 N Broadway, (414) 223-3005

Serving: Burgers and casual fare
[Read more]


Jamaican Season Island
9207 W Capitol Dr., (414) 763-8177

Serving: Jamaican staples including jerk and curry chicken
[Read more]

Kings & Queens
1119 S. 108th St., (262) 444-6108

Serving: Jamaican staples including jerk chicken, curry goat, callaloo, oxtail

Mobay Cafe
1022 S 1st St., (414) 988-9196

Serving: Caribbean dishes, including jerk chicken, conch fritters, ackee and saltfish
[Read more]

Fried chicken

Cream City Cluckery
400 W Highland Ave., (414) 422-6992

Serving: Chicken tenders and sides
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Mad Chicken
2045 E North Ave., (414) 616-1299
Serving: Fried chicken, fried chicken sandwiches
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Pat's Niche Pub & Grub
3956 S. Howell Ave., (414) 539-6452

Serving: Wings, fried chicken, fish fry
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Italian / Pizza

BB's on North
7237 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa, (414) 810-0252
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Brute Pizza
5169 North Elkhart Ave., (563) 580-7242

Serving: Chef-driven pizza with sourdough crust
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Egg & Flour - Bay View
2273 S Howell Ave., (414) 885-0204

Serving: Fast casual housemade pasta
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Flour Girl & Flame (pizza trailer)
6735 W Lincoln Ave., (414) 777-0770

Serving: Wood-fired pizza, bialys, hand pies
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Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria 
15795 W Bluemound Rd., (414) 930-4500
8799 N Port Washington Rd., (414) 446-3500

Serving: Deep dish and thin crust pizza, entrees
[Read more]

Pizza de Brazil
130 W Layton Ave., (414) 610-5000

Serving: Brazilian style pizza (all you care to eat)
[Read more]

The Red Mill Inn & Pizza
1005 S Elm Grove Rd., (262) 599-8900

Serving: Pizza, Italian-inspired dishes
[Read more]

2315 N Murray Ave., (414) 797-1400
Serving: Pasta, pizza, Italian entrees
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2535 S Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 301-6255

Serving: Italian American fare, wood-fired pizza
[Read more]

Tua Pasta
100 E Wisconsin Ave LL101, (414) 988-4016

Serving: Build your own pasta and salads
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Sticky Rice
1000 E Locust St., (414) 226-6483

Serving: Classic Lao dishes
[Read more]

Sweet Basil
6509 S 27th St B, (414) 301-4126

Serving: Lao Street food inspired fare
[Read more]

Thum @ Crossroads
2238 N Farwell Ave., (414) 763-9081

Serving: Modern takes on traditional Lao fare
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Mexican / Tacos

Al Pastor (moved)
6533 W Mitchell St., (414) 210-5714
Serving: Mexican staples, tacos
[Read more]

Chuy’s Red Tacos
4511 S 6th St., (414) 419-0000

Serving: Birria tacos, plus inventive variations
[Read more]

4144 N Oakland Ave., (414) 909-0907

Serving: Non-traditional tacos and sides
[Read more]

La Dama
839 S. 2nd St., (414) 645-2606

Serving: Modern regional Mexican fare
[Read more]

Lazo’s Taco Shack
641 N James Lovell St., (414) 988-6567

Serving: Mexican staples, including breakfast
[Read more]

Paloma Taco & Tequila
5419 W North Ave., (414) 810-0404

Serving: Twists on classic Mexican fare
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Taco Mike’s
1001 N Old World 3rd St., (414) 763-3325

Serving: Gluten-free menu of tacos, sides
[Read more]

Middle Eastern

Damascus Gate
807 W. Historic Mitchell St., (414) 810-3561
Serving: Syrian fare including kefta, kebabs, fatayer
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Falafel Guys
6300 W Mequon Rd., (262) 302-4122

Serving: Falafel, shawarma, vegetarian plates
[Read more]

Taqwa's Restaurant & Bakery
4651 S 27th St., (414) 539-6878

Serving: Palistinian and Jordanian fare, including stone oven flatbread
[Read more]


Triciclo Peru
3801 W. Vliet St., (414) 239-8388
Serving: Peruvian fare, pisco-based cocktails
[Read more]

Poke / Sushi

Aloha Poke - Wauwatosa
1417 N Wauwatosa Ave., (414) 231-3138

Serving: Poke bowls
[Read more]

Freshfin Poke - Tosa
6927 W North Ave., (414) 763-2968

Serving: Poke bowls
[Read more]

Jin's Sushi & Seafood
7401 W. Barnard Ave., Greenfield, (414) 616-1766
Serving: AYCE sushi, Japanese dishes
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Modern Maki (truck)
Zocalo Food Park, 636 S. 6th St., (414) 737-1191

Serving: Sushi and ramen
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401 E Erie St., (414) 930-9088

Serving: Spanish fare, including paella
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2300 N Mayfair Rd., (414) 867-9200

Serving: Scandinavian-inspired fare, wood-fired dishes, fresh seafood
[Read more]

Closed For Now

414 Bar + Kitchen - Cambria Hotel (closed right now)
503 N. Plankinton Ave., (414) 223-4484

Serving: New American fare
[Read more]

Restaurant to be Named Later (closed right now)
1 Brewers Way, (414) 902-4201

Serving: American fare with a local twist
[Read more]

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer

Lori Fredrich (Lo) is an eater, writer, wonderer, bon vivante, traveler, cook, gardener and girlwonder. Born and raised in the Milwaukee area, she has tried to leave many times, but seems to be drawn to this quirky city that smells of beer and alewives.

Some might say that she is a little obsessed with food. Lo would say she is A LOT obsessed with food. After all, she has been cooking, eating and enjoying food for decades and has no plans to retire anytime soon. 

Lo's recipes and writing have been featured in a variety of publications including GO: Airtran Inflight Magazine, Cheese Connoisseur, Cooking Light, Edible Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, as well as on the blog Go Bold with Butter, the web site Wisconsin Cheese Talk, and in the quarterly online magazine Grate. Pair. Share.