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Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month with Trips to These Milwaukee Eats

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Reinette LeJeune

May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, a time to celebrate the history and contributions of AAPI in the United States and learn about the diverse culture and heritage of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. In celebration, Milwaukee hosted its first ever Asian Restaurant Week from May 16-22, encouraging diners to support the area’s diverse Asian and Pacific Island cuisines. The group behind the event is ElevAsian, a group of AAPI individuals and allies from around Wisconsin dedicated to amplifying, and celebrating AAPI people, businesses and initiatives that uplift and support the community. “Food is a great entry point for learning more about a culture, and it’s also the way members of the AAPI share their care for others as well as a piece of their cultural heritage,” notes Shary Tran of ElevAsian. 

Below you will find a list of some of the restaurants within the Milwaukee area that you should and can very much try throughout the year. You can also find the complete list of area restaurants on their website: https://www.elevasianwi.com/

  • Asian-Owned Restaurants:

Carnevor, 718 N Milwaukee St, Milwaukee, WI 53202

414-223-2200, https://www.carnevor.com/

Crave Cafe, 3596 N Oakland Ave, Shorewood, WI 53211

414-204-8778, https://cravecafe.carry-out.com/default.asp

Riley’s Sandwich Co., 4473 N Oakland Avenue, Shorewood, WI

https://www.rileysandwich.com/
  • Chinese:

Asian Fusion Cafe, 1609 E. North Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53202

414-273-6688, http://www.asianfusionwi.com

Fortune, 2945 S. 108th St., Milwaukee, WI 53227

414-328-9890— for Dim Sum, http://fortunerestaurant.net/

Fusion Cafe, 1427 S 108th St., West Allis, WI 53214

414-257-1199 or 414-257-1799, https://fusioncafe100.com

  • Korean:

Char’d, 222 E Erie St, Milwaukee, WI 53202

(414) 885-2611, chardmke.com

Chick Fun Korean Fried Chicken, 5301 S. 108th St, Hales Corners, WI 53130

(414) 235-5155, chickfunwi.com

Maru Korean Bistro, 2150 N Prospect Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202

(414) 210-4139, https://www.marukoreanmke.com/

  • Vietnamese:

Bambu Coffee Shop, 10708 W Oklahoma Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53227

414-837-6705, https://www.drinkbambu.com/

Hue Vietnamese Restaurant, 2691 S. Kinnickinnic Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53207

https://huerestaurants.com/

Phan’s Garden, 1923 W. National Ave., Milwaukee, WI

414-384-4522 — Go for pho, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Phan’s%20Garden%20Restaurant/120123651337612/

  • Japanese:

Fujiyama, 17395 W Bluemound Rd, Brookfield, WI 53045

262-796-1977, http://www.brookfieldfujiyama.com/

Hungry Sumo Sushi Bar + Asian Bistro, 2663 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., Bay View, WI 53207, 414-595-9656, hungrysumosushibar.com

Tanpopo Ramen, 5191 S. 108th St., Hales Corners, WI

414-525-2266, https://www.tanpoporamen.com/

  • Hmong:

An Ox Cafe, 7411 W Hampton Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53218

414-336-0064, https://anoxcafe.com/

Jackie’s Café, 3902 N. 76th St., Milwaukee, WI 53222

414-249-5672, https://www.facebook.com/jackiesyscatering/

O So Good, 6309 N 76th St., Milwaukee, WI 53218

414-979-0043, https://www.facebook.com/EATOSOGOOD

  • Indian:

Café India, 2201 S Kinnickinnic Ave, Bayview, Milwaukee, WI

414-837-6121 and 605 S 1st St, Milwaukee, WI; 414-224-5444

http://www.cafeindiamke.us/

India Garden, 2930 N. 117th St., Wauwatosa, WI 53222

414-235-9220 — for buffet, https://www.indiagardenwauwatosa.net/

Taj Mahal, 5114 S 108th St, #1329, Hales Corners, WI 53130

414-427-5900, http://www.tajmahalindianrestauranthalescornerswi.com/

  • Indian and Pakistani:

Anmol, 711 W. Historic Mitchell St., Milwaukee, WI 53204

414-672-7878, eatanmol.com

Peshawar, 7510 W. Layton Ave, Greenfield, WI 53220

414-800-4226, https://peshawarrestaurant.com

  • Indonesian:

Peking Chef, 8673 N. Port Washington Road, Fox Point, WI

414-228-8222, http://www.pekingchefwi.com/

  • Modern Indian:

Ruta’s Vibrant Indian Cafe/Crossroads Collective, 2238 N Farwell Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53211

http://rutas.in

  • Nepalese:

Everest Cafe, 208 W Silver Spring Drive, Glendale, WI 53217

414-906-0998, http://everestcafetogo.com

  • Taiwanese:

Bento Xpert (Eleven25 building), 1125 N. 9th St., Unit F, Milwaukee, WI 53233

414-935-2823, https://www.facebook.com/Bentoxpert/

  • Filipino:

Meat on the Street, 1125 N. 9th St., Milwaukee, WI

414-477-6717, https://www.motscatering.com/

  • Hawaiian:

Ono Kine Grindz, 7215 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa, WI 53213

414-778-0727, okgrindz.com