By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Aug 09, 2022 at 11:01 AM

After a successful inaugural event in 2021, Southside Dining Week is making a return for 2022.

The week-long celebration of international cuisine will take place Sept. 17 through Sept. 24, featuring more than 20 restaurants from over a dozen South Side neighborhoods including Silver City, Burnham Park, Walker’s Point, Layton Park, Cesar Chavez, Historic Mitchell Street and Harbor View, among others.

The event, which is created, organized and presented by North Shore Bank, will feature a delicious slate of signature dishes from a wide variety of participating restaurants for under $15.

Participants will include returning favorites, including MobCraft Beer, Screaming Tuna, Tacos Los Gemelos, Orenda Cafe and Vientiane Noodle Shop, along with new participants like Café el Sol, McKiernan’s Irish Tavern, Gyro Palace, Steny’s Tavern, El Atorón Mexican Restaurant, Hot Box Pizza MKE, AsianRican and more. 

A final list of restaurants and qualifying menu items, as well as additional details for events throughout Southside Dining Week, will be announced leading up to the event. 

What’s in store?

The festivities will kick off on Saturday, Sept. 17 with a live band brunch at Zócalo Food Park from 11 a.m. to  2 p.m. featuring cuisine from Mazorca Tacos, Scratch Ice Cream and Hot Box Pizza, plus drinks, family activities and live music from artists including Salsabrositas, De La Buena and more.

New this year, North Shore Bank and local food experts will join the public for a panel discussion, “More Than a Meal: A Discussion of Food and Culture in Milwaukee” on Tuesday, Sept. 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. The panel will explore how food connects us to the world and to one another and will feature complimentary food and beverage samples from participating Southside Dining Week restaurants. 

Panelists for the discussion will include Tarik Moody of 88Nine Radio Milwaukee, Emerald Mills of Diverse Dining and Turning Tables Tavern and Eatery, Arthur Ircink of Wisconsin Foodie and Edible Milwaukee, and representatives from participating Southside Dining Week restaurants.

“We heard tremendous feedback last year from community members and restaurants alike during the first-ever Southside Dining Week, so we’re thrilled that we are able to bring back this event that features the amazing culinary establishments on the South Side of Milwaukee,” noted Alfredo Martin, area branch manager for North Shore Bank. “We’re excited to see some returning favorite restaurants, as well as some new neighbors join us, and we look forward to making this a special week for all to enjoy.”

Participate & win

During the event, North Shore customers who spend $15 or more at participating restaurants with their North Shore Bank Debit Mastercard® will be eligible for a $5 statement credit (restrictions may apply). 

To learn more about the event and to register for a chance to win $100 in gift cards from participating restaurants, visit www.southsidediningweek.com.

Interested in getting involved? 

There is still room for more participation from neighborhood restaurants and community partners!  Those who are interested in participating or contributing to the event can sign up online at southsidediningweek.com.

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.