Milwaukee’s Asian Restaurant Week 1 is May 16-22


Milwaukee will host its first Asian Food Week in May, during what has been a difficult year for restaurants.

The week is May 16-22. ElevAsian, a group from Milwaukee, is promoting the week to encourage diners to try restaurants owned by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

The name of the group is an elevation game; the goal is to elevate the AAPI community in Milwaukee. Founded about four years ago, ElevAsian has 168 members and 441 followers on Facebook.

The week does not involve discounts or special menus, as some catering weeks do. Rather, it is a celebration of the many kitchens under the AAPI umbrella, said Jenny Lee, member of ElevAsian and operator of the AAPI. Ephemeral restaurant Perilla Kitchen.

A guide to many AAPI restaurants in the area can be found on the ElevAsian website,, and they are listed below.

“We just want to encourage people to check out the list and try as many restaurants as possible in May and beyond,” Lee said. May is United States of America and the Pacific Islands Heritage Month.

“This year has been tough for Asian restaurants” beyond the financial toll of the COVID-19 pandemic, Lee said, noting instances of racist remarks and attacks nationwide. In Milwaukee, the Lower East Chinese-Japanese restaurant Lucky Liu’s closed briefly at the start of the pandemic; he cited verbal insults from his employees.

In addition to compiling the restaurant list, ElevAsian plans to feature businesses and chef-owners on its public Facebook page,

The group has organized their broad list by cuisine, so diners who are in the mood for, say, Chinese or Lao, can browse the list for ideas.

Note that some restaurants remain take out only because of the pandemic; call ahead to inquire. A number of restaurants offer online take-out orders.


Asian fusion cuisine, 1609 E. North Ave. (414) 273-6688

Fortune, 2945 S. 108th St. (414) 328-9890

Fusion coffee, 1427 S. 108th St., West Allis. 414-257-1199

JJ Chen’s restaurant, 10722 W. Oklahoma Ave., West Allis. (414) 329-8333

Jing’s, 207 E. Buffalo St., first floor of the Marshall Building. (414) 271-7788

Lucky bakery and barbecue, 11078 W. National Ave., West Allis. (414) 329-2688

Sze Chuan, 11102 W. National Ave., West Allis. (414) 885-0856


Meat in the street, 1125 N. Ninth St., in the Eleven25 building. (414) 477-6717


Ono Kine Grindz, 7215 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa. (414) 778-0727


Jackie Cafe, 3902 N. 76th St. (414) 249-5672 Catering

Oh so good 6309 N. 76th St. (414) 979-0043


Coffee India, 2201 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. (414) 837-6121; 605 S. First St. 414-224-5444

Garden of India, 2930 N. 117th St., Wauwatosa. (414) 235-9220

Taj Mahal, 5114 S. 108th St., Hales Corners. (414) 427-5900

Pakistani and Indian

Anmol, 711 W. Historic Mitchell St. (414) 672-7878

Peshawar, 7510 W. Layton Ave., Greenfield. (414) 800-4226

Lively Indian cafe in Ruta, 2238 N. Farwell Ave., in Crossroads Collective. (414) 763-9081

Indonesian and Chinese

Chief of Beijing, 8673 N. Port Washington Road, Fox Point. (414) 228-8222


Kyoto, 7453 W. Layton Ave., Greenfield. (414) 325-1000

Hungry Sumo Sushi Bar + Asian Bistro, 2663 S. Kinnickinnic Avenue (414) 595-9656

Tanpopo Ramen and Sushi, 5191 S. 108th St., Hales Corners. (414) 525-2266

Japanese and Thai

Rice n Roll, 1952 N. Farwell Avenue (414) 220-9944


Stone bowl grill, 1958 N. Farwell Ave. (414) 220-9111

Swiss chard, 222 E. Erie Street (414) 885-2611

Merge Korean Fried Chicken + Soju Bar, 1932 E. Kenilworth Square. (414) 226-5160

Lao and Thai

Bamboo, 3427 W. National Ave. (414) 316-9023

Vientiane noodle shop, 3422 W. National Ave. (414) 672-8440

Sweet basil, 6509B S. 27th St., Franklin. (414) 301-4126

C&D Thai Food Truck, location varies. (414) 998-8268


SapSap, pop-ups in Racine and Milwaukee; permanent location at 2343, rue Mead, Racine.

Thum, 2238 N. Farwell Ave., in Crossroads Collective. (414) 763-9081

Sticky rice, 1000 E. Locust Street (414) 226-6483

Several Asian cuisines

Lucky Liu’s, 1664, rue N. Van Buren (414) 223-1699

Mekong Coffee, 5930 North West Avenue (414) 257-2228

Milwokee (coming soon), 2342 N. Farwell Ave. (414) 800-4105

Momo Mee, 110 E. Greenfield Avenue (414) 316-9003

Mr. Wok, 2128 Silvernail Road, Pewaukee. (262) 521-9780

Nana Asian Fusion & Sushi Bar, 4511 N. Oakland Ave., Shorewood. (414) 967-8888

Taste the Roti d’Amir Malaysian Food Truck, 3353 S. 13th St., but locations may vary, (414) 595-8994


Bento Xpert, 1125 N. Ninth St., in the Eleven25 building. (414) 935-2823


Phan Garden, 1923 W. National Ave. (414) 384-4522

Xankia, 222 W. Wells Street (414) 817-0241

Pho Viet, 5475 S. 27th St., Greenfield. (414) 282-8852

Pho Saigon, 10534 W. Greenfield Ave., West Allis. (414) 828-9698

Vietnamese cuisine from Evie, N89-W16851 Appleton Avenue, Menomonee Falls. (262) 415-5540

Vietnamese noodles from Mequon, 1380 W. Mequon Road, Mequon. (262) 241-1999

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