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The 7 Best Cozy Comfort Foods in Wauwatosa

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The best time of year is any time that we can scoot closer to a table filled with our favorite warm and cozy comfort foods. When you travel to Wauwatosa, you’ll quickly discover that our local restaurants and breweries absolutely do not mess around when it comes to crafting these mouth-watering delights.

What Is Comfort Food Exactly?

Ah, comfort foods! They are like a warm hug for your taste buds, bringing a sense of joy and coziness. Imagine those dishes that instantly make you feel better, like a big bowl of creamy macaroni and cheese or a steaming bowl of your grandma’s homemade chicken noodle soup. They’re the foods that wrap you up in a delicious embrace, reminding you of happy memories and making everything feel just a little bit better. So go ahead and treat yourself to some comfort food, because sometimes a little culinary comfort is just what the doctor ordered.

Without further ado, dive into this good comfort food in Tosa (in no particular order of excellence!) below.

1. Ca’Lucchenzo’s Tagliatelle Verde al Ragu Bianco della Casa

Nothing truly says comfort food like a pasta dish — and Ca’Lucchenzo truly hits it out of the park with its homemade pasta selections (all made to order right in front of you). Enjoy the Tagliatelle Verde al Ragu Bianco della Casa during your next visit for spinach ribbon pasta, white veal ragú, and parmigiano-reggiano.

2. Crafty Cow’s Pigscuit

Complete with unforgettable, larger-than-life menu items, East Tosa’s Crafty Cow is definitely not a place you’ll leave hungry. Order their Pigscuit at brunch for the ultimate sandwich complete with double-decker fried chicken, bacon jam, pulled pork belly, and a cage-free fried egg — all between French toast biscuits with a side of syrup (of course!).

3. Good City Brewing’s Nachos

Situated in The Mayfair Collection, Good City Brewing is a great place for all things beer, but you also cannot miss its food menu (especially, on game days). Included on their exclusive Game Day Specials menu (available on Sundays and Green and Gold game days), order their ooey-gooey, extra cheesy nachos for a great shareable option.

4. Kin by Rice N Roll’s Honey Roasted Duck On Rice

Known for its beautiful sushi, Kin by Rice N Roll creates some masterful pieces of art (we mean food). Cozy up to their Honey Roasted Duck on Rice made with homemade honey sesame sauce, steamed bokchoi, cucumbers, and rice.

5. Eldr & Rime’s Charcuterie

An American, Scandinavian-inspired restaurant located in the Renaissance Milwaukee West, Eldr + Rime is cozy and comforting from the food to the intimate atmosphere. Be sure to order the charcuterie board for a selection of local Milwaukee sausages, cured meats, and cheeses.

6. Ristorante Bartolotta’s Pappardelle al Ragu d’Anitra

A staple in Tosa Village, Ristorante Bartolotta is a go-to for all things handmade pasta made from authentic Italian ingredients. Taste the flavors of Tuscany with its iconic Pappadardelle al Ragu d’Anitra — a delectable dish featuring wide-ribbon pasta with slow-braised duck ragu.

7. Buckatabon’s Deep-Fried Cheese Curds

Cheese Curds. It’s what Milwaukee and Wisconsin are known for. Buckatabon pairs a relaxed atmosphere with Wisconsin’s Northwoods-inspired food options for the ultimate Tosa dining experience. Plus, they make us incredibly proud with their cheese curds. Order a half-pound or full pound of the local Decatur Dairy Muenster cheese curds served breaded and fried with herbed ranch sauce.

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