Culinary Capital of the Midwest


We hope you have an appetite for good news! Milwaukee, the Cream City, Brew City, the Good Land, the Gathering Place, is adding yet another title: the Culinary Capital of the Midwest. Earlier this month, Midwest Living named Milwaukee the Best Culinary City in the publication’s annual Best of the Midwest list for 2023.

Yeah, we’re a sausage sanctuary, a custard oasis, and a kingdom of cheese curds, but the Cream City is home to a culinary scene that challenges these regional stereotypes with a complex array of dining options. You’ll find everything from classic Midwestern staples to James Beard Award-recognized chefs and restaurants. In 2022 alone, the James Beard Foundation recognized 9 local chefs and restaurants for their contributions to the flourishing culinary scene in Milwaukee.

Spanning cultures and cuisines, the hundreds of restaurants throughout the area offer inspired dishes from the delectable to the downright mouthwatering. Discover the delightful fusion of cuisines that have resulted in the curious sushi burrito, flavors of Spain and Brazil in the pork alentejana at Amilinda, and culinary creations by the 2022 James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef in the Midwest, Dane Baldwin of The Diplomat. 

Savor the fresh ingredients of a farm-to-table restaurant like Braise or the buzzing energy of a food hall like the Milwaukee Public Market, sample otherworldly street food at one of the roving food trucks or get your fill of the squeaky golden nuggets known as cheese curds.

Read the Midwest Living article below to get a taste of why Milwaukee is the Best Culinary City in the Midwest!

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Find out what makes Milwaukee the best culinary city in the Midwest. Get a taste of shining dining at 17 James Beard-recognized bars and restaurants throughout the area.

James Beard-Recognized Restaurants

Warmer days are right around the corner and you know what that means. Patio weather! Make your al fresco dining plans at restaurants offering rooftop and patio seating today.

Rooftop Dining

Patio Dining


Take a tour of mke's dining scene!

Article originally published on 3/14/2023