About Justin Carlisle

His restaurant Ardent - opened in October of 2013, has been named one of the 15 best new restaurants by Condé Nast Traveler; Best Restaurant in the State of Wisconsin by the Business Insider; and was named semifinalist for Best New Restaurant by the James Beard Foundation. Justin is a James Beard Awards nominee for Best Chef Midwest for 2015, 2016 ; and he has been named nominee again this year on the same category. As Plate Magazine names him one of the top 30 chefs to watch in 2016. Justin is the chef and owner of Red Light Ramen and the recently opened Laughing Taco in Milwaukee. During his time as a Chef, Justin has continued to support the local food movement and use a modern technical approach to it.


  • Best Chef Midwest (Finalist, 2017)
    James Beard Foundation

My Restaurants

  • Ardent
    1751 N Farwell Ave
    Milwaukee, WI

Where I Eat

Behind the Scenes

From My Menu