Let me introduce you to one of my favorite things about Milwaukee: it’s DIVERSITY. This city truly celebrates diversity, and besides seeing it through their many festivals, you can experience Milwaukee’s love for cultures through their ethnic restaurants. The United States is a melting pot, and Milwaukee is a true testimony to that statement. Though I always recommend having a bloody mary and fried cheese curds while visiting, I’d love to show you some of my favorite ethnic restaurants in Milwaukee Wisconsin!
1. Middle Eastern Cuisine – Casablanca on Brady St.
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Though it initially doesn’t sound like a middle eastern style restaurant, I promise you it is! The owner named this restaurant after his favorite classic film, though it was originally “The Sahara Inn” when he first opened it. Casablanca has a lovely elegant feel to it with no pressure to arrive in black tie apparel. When you visit, I highly recommend ordering the combination appetizer. You get a little taste of everything from their hummus and falafel (which is to die for!), baba ghanoush, tabouleh salad, and potato salad.
2. Sushi – Screaming Tuna
Voted #1 Sushi in Milwaukee the past several years by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal, OnMilwaukee, and MilwaukeeMag. After hearing about Screaming Tuna nonstop from all of my sushi loving friends, it was a requirement to go! Their specialty rolls are pricey, but absolutely worth every dollar spent!
For all of the environmentally conscious foodies, I’m excited to tell you that Screaming Tuna DOES source seafood that is fished and farmed in environmentally friendly ways. They are Wisconsin’s first Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch partner; how cool is that!
3. French Cuisine – Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro
This Milwaukee restaurant is classy, upscale, and high end and offers a beautiful view of Lake Michigan. Their French dishes range in traditional to modern in style, from escargots bourguignons (which is absolutely delicious, might I add!), foie gras, and tartare de boeuf. Put on your prettiest dress, or favorite tie, and treat yourself to this luxurious restaurant!
4. Mexican Cuisine – Bel Air Cantina
Bel Air Cantina has several Milwaukee area locations:
- Oak Creek: 410 W Town Square Way
- Downtown Milwaukee: 1935 N Water St
- Wauwatosa: 6817 W North Ave
Admittedly, I haven’t been to this place (yet), but all of my local friends absolutely RAVE about Bel Air, and I’m always seeing snapchats & IG stories of the delicious food they’re devouring. Plus, a local restaurant with three locations MUST be fantastic and well off!
5. Indian – Maharaja
I first fell in love with Indian food when visiting my aunt in California. Once home, I had to get a taste of it again, so we visited Maharaja for my birthday a few years back. If you’ve never had Indian food, this is a fantastic place to try it. The food is fantastic; no wonder it was voted “Best of Milwaukee” the past 18 years! If you go, I’d truly recommend the Chicken Tikka Masala (shown above), and you really cannot leave without having some kheer for dessert. Yes, I’m ordering you to splurge a little and have dessert. Just nod and say, “Yes, Miranda.”
Truly, this is barely the tip of the iceberg when it comes to ethnic restaurants in Milwaukee, but a solid start if you want to experience America’s true diversity! Which culture’s cuisine is YOUR favorite?