In a city like Milwaukee, there are endless options for amazing food! It can be mind-boggling to try to weed through all of the incredible restaurants to pick something perfect for dinner, so we’re here to help make the choice easier for you! We’ve compiled a list of ten of the best meals in Milwaukee for you to try this year, and there’s something for absolutely everyone. These new, unique dishes are sure to make your mouth water.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Brunch at Engine Company No. 3
This Walker's Point gem serves up some of the most unique brunch around! Their quality food is inspired by Spanish cuisine, and anything you order is sure to exceed expectations. Their brunch gets five stars from us! You know what makes them even cooler? They're located in a remodeled firehouse, which gives this restaurant an awesome atmosphere too. We recommend making reservations.
Engine Company No. 3 is located at 217 W. National Ave., Milwaukee.
2. Breakfast Sandwich at Birch + Butcher
This new storefront restaurant opened up in Brewer's Hill last year, and we've been raving ever since. Their food is superb, and the fact that they have an on-site butcher is the most Midwestern thing we've ever heard of. Besides having an incredible dinner menu, their breakfast sandwiches are customizable and the perfect way to start your day.
Birch + Butcher is located at 459 E. Pleasant St., Milwaukee.
3. Poké Bowl at FreshFin Poké
Poké is blowing up in Milwaukee, and FreshFin was the beginning of it all! Their poké bowls are the freshest around, so it's no wonder this spot was named the best new restaurant of 2017. If you haven't had one of these addictive bowls yet, it's time to jump on the bandwagon.
FreshFin Poké is located at 1806 E. North Ave., and 316 N. Milwaukee St. in Milwaukee.
4. Ōra King Salmon at Third Coast Provisions
This Japanese-inspired salmon also has Milwaukee-inspired flavors! The juicy, tender fish is paired with dill spaetzle, honoring our German heritage. In Milwaukee, it's easy to find great seafood, but Third Coast Provisions is bringing it home.
Third Coast Provisions is located at 724 N. Milwaukee St., Milwaukee.
5. Pork Cheek at The Original
The Original is one of Milwaukee's newest diner-style restaurants, taking over the old Red Dot building on the east side. This fun spot is the epitome of high-quality dining, and you simply must try the pork cheek before the year is done.
The Original is located at 2498 N. Bartlett Ave., Milwaukee.
6. Merriment Burger at Merriment Social
Everyone knows Merriment Social as that cool restaurant with the big garage doors that open in summer. While they have many amazing burgers, there's nothing quite like The Merriment. Perfectly made and topped with bacon, pickles, and a special sauce, you can't go wrong. There are often specials revolving around this burger, so you have no excuse not to try it.
Merriment Social is located at 240 E. Pittsburgh Ave., Milwaukee.
7. Hashbrown Benedict at Beerline Cafe
Beerline Cafe is a vegetarian spot, but this dish might just have your carnivore friends fooled. The Hashbrown Benedict features tofu in the place of ham, and it's sure to be a hit for everyone.
Beerline Cafe is located at 2076 N. Commerce St., Milwaukee.
8. Pastrami on Rye at Jake's Deli
Anyone who has lived in Milwaukee for a good period of time is sure to have fond memories of Jake's Deli. This spot has been around for decades, and it's still the first place you should go for an amazing deli sandwich. If you haven't had their pastrami yet, now is the time.
Jake's Deli is located at 1634 W. North Ave., Milwaukee.
9. The Gatsby at Fuel Cafe on 5th
This sandwich is not for the faint of heart; it's huge! That said, you have to try it. The African street food-inspired sub is an explosion of flavor, and is even topped with french fries.
Fuel Cafe 5th St. is located at 630 S. 5th St., Milwaukee.
10. Pasta Flight at DORSIA
You read that correctly, a pasta
flight. This Brady Street bistro opened last year and is serving up some of the best handmade pasta in town. Luckily, you don't have to be picky here, as you can try several of the pastas in a flight, which is absolutely as incredible as it sounds.
DORSIA is located at 1301-07 E. Brady St., Milwaukee.
Have you tried any of these meals yet? What would you add to this foodie bucket list? We’d love to hear your suggestions in the comments!