Treasured Trucks: Milwaukee’s Guide to Food Trucks

It’s looking like the warm weather is (hopefully) here to stay! In celebration of this momentous occasion, we scoped out Milwaukee’s diverse and dynamic food truck scene, because what’s better than a quick, affordable, tasty, unique bite on a warm summer day? Check out what some of our favorite trucks have in store for the season.

But first...

Where to find the trucks...

 One of the biggest obstacles to enjoying local food trucks is - you guessed it - locating the trucks. Luckily, we’ve taken care of some of the heavy lifting for you. Here are some recurring and one day gatherings highlighting Milwaukee’s diverse food truck scene.

Street Eats at Catalano Square Park in the Third Ward

Friday, June 2nd, 4pm - 8pm

Friday, July 28th, 4pm - 8pm

Friday, September 15th, 4pm - 8pm

Street Eats is back for Summer 2017 at Catalano Square Park in the Historic Third Ward for another fabulous season of Milwaukee's Mobile FoodFest. Enjoy food from area food trucks and carts, drinks and live music!

Oak Creek Traveling Food Truck Tour Series at Drexel Town Square

Wednesday, June 21st

Wednesday, August 2nd

Wednesday, August 30th

Wednesday, September 20th

Oak Creek's Monthly Food Truck Tour takes place on Wedneday's from 4-9p at Drexel Town Square (W Town Square Way, Oak Creek, WI 53154). Discover Milwaukee's best food trucks and carts in a fresh new setting, with kids games, music, a beer garden, and free entry for public.

Take-out Tuesdays at Schlitz Park

Tuesdays, 11am - 2pm

You’ll feel like you struck gold walking up to Take-Out Tuesday in Schlitz Park. So many trucks! Feast al fresco every Tuesday from 11am to 2pm on Cherry Street & River Center Drive, right across the street from ManPower HQ. This is one of Milwaukee's most popular food truck gatherings.

Chill on the Hill at Humboldt Park

Tuesdays, 6pm to 8:30pm

Gather of the vast hillside every Tuesday night from 6pm to 8:30pm and enjoy live music from local musicians and food vendors. The 2016 Food Vendors include Hue Vietnamese, Babe's Ice Cream, Streetza Pizza, Guanajuato Mexican, Gouda Girls, Tenuta's Italian, with a few special guests throughout the season.

Food Truck Days in Wauwatosa

Third Thursday of the month, through August, 11am - 2pm

Wauwatosa's Food Truck Days takes place every third Thursday of the month, from 11am to 2pm in the Southwest side of the Wauwatosa City Hall parking lot.

Food Truck Thursday's at the Milwaukee County Courthouse

Thursdays, 11am - 1:30pm

Food Trucks line the streets surrounding the Milwaukee County Courthouse every Thursday, from 11am to 1:30pm.

Note: another way to keep up with a specific truck’s whereabouts is through social media, social media savvy trucks tend to post their location on Twitter and Facebook.

The Trucks (Carts, Trailers, and more)...

Gypsy Taco

  Taco Platter. Photo courtesy of Milwaukee Magazine

Taco Platter. Photo courtesy of Milwaukee Magazine

Gypsy Taco prides themselves on being unapologetically unauthentic, and it’s a theme you’ll see carried throughout their menu. Among the rotating taco selection filled with unique local and regional ingredients, you’ll find a Crispy Fried Oyster Mushroom Taco that’s a must try. They also occasionally venture into burgerland, serving burgers that are just as inventive is their tacos, like a bacon and goat cheese stuffed burger with orange braised onions and chicken liver mousse. Ohhh yeah.

Pedro’s South American Food and Empanadas

Pedro's serves traditional South American street food and daily specials with an emphasis on empanadas, tamales, and sandwiches. Make sure you get in line as soon as you spot Pedro’s cart, because the empanadas go fast. After tasting the Spinach Cojita Empanada we fully understand why. Although we didn’t get the chance to try this, the Chorizo, Potato, Cheese Empanada is on our list of must-do’s this summer.

Lumpia City

  Pizza Lumpia. Photo courtesy of Lumpia City

Pizza Lumpia. Photo courtesy of Lumpia City

A lumpia is a spring roll of Chinese origin, usually filled with a combination of meats and vegetables. The Lumpia City food truck adds their spin on traditional spring roll fillings with inventive creations, like the Bacon Mac Lumpia, Shrimp Taco Lumpia, Pizza Lumpia, Loaded Potato Lumpia, Sriracha Pork, and Pumpkin Cheesecake Lumpia.

Stuffed Pierogi Truck

Milwaukee’s first ever Pierogi Truck features dumplings made with both traditional and bold ingredients. You can expect to see flavors like Potato and Farmer’s Cheese, Roasted Butternut Squash, Chorizo and Corn, and Braised Beef Short Ribs.

The Gouda Girls

  The Mac. Photo courtesy of Chris Kessler for Milwaukee Magazine

The Mac. Photo courtesy of Chris Kessler for Milwaukee Magazine

The Gouda Girls Truck was named 2016’s Best Food Truck, undoubtedly for their exquisite preparation of Wisconsin dairy and food products. You can expect to see cheesey dishes, like The Mac, a grilled Mac and Cheese sandwich, made with a scoop of homemade Mac pressed between Gouda, Colby Jack, and Havarti. Or, the Wisconsin Cheese Steak, with Black Angus thin cut steak grilled with your choice of onions, fresh mushrooms, red and yellow peppers, and your choice of Gouda, Provolone Swiss, Cheddar, American, or Pepper Jack, all on a toasted homemade hoagie. Really, you can’t go wrong with anything.

Press Waffles

  Photo courtesy of farawaycpa

Photo courtesy of farawaycpa

Press pays homage to authentic Belgian Liège Waffles with options that appeal to your sweet tooth, like the Powdered Sugar waffle, or the Nutella waffle. If savory is more your speed, you can find waffles with Honey Goat Cheese and Candied Bacon, and a Peanut Butter Cream, Candied Bacon, and Banana waffle.

Iron Grate BBQ

Count on the same *grate* BBQ at Iron Grate's food truck as you would from the brick and mortar restaurant, located on Howell Ave in Milwaukee. You can't go wrong with the Brisket Sandwich, topped with a heaping pile of house-smoked brisket and pickles. Napkins encouraged.  

Yellow Bellies

  Photo courtesy of kelseyfager

Photo courtesy of kelseyfager

Yellow Bellies specializes in serving rotisserie chicken sandwiches. One of our favorites is the O.G., with pulled rotisserie chicken, bacon aioli, mixed greens, Bernie's bacon, roasted tomatoes and Cedar Valley 2 Year Aged Cheddar. They also make a mean Mac-N-Cheese bowl, with rotini, truck-made cheese sauce, and topped with bread crumbs (Pro tip: add Bernie's bacon).

Marco Pollo

The concept behind Marco Pollo stems from years of international travel and adventurous eating. Marco Pollo's famous crispy chicken is from a secret family recipe and is served with a rotation of authentic  sauces, inspired by the flavors of Thailand, China, India, Creole Country, Japan, Mexico/Texas and Buffalo, N.Y. We enjoyed the Crispy Chicken, topped with homemade mild queso, salsa verde, and a sour cream drizzle, served over jasmine rice.

Sushi Go!

Milwaukee's first and only sushi truck is best known for serving the trendy ~sushi burrito~. The Salmonator Sushi Burrito is always a winner, with wild-caught baked salmon, pickled ginger, wasabi/soy aoli, jicama, cucumber, and avocado. All wrapped in nori, like a burrito. A sushi burrito.

La Pasada

  Various Tacos. Photo courtesy of kelseylanvinio

Various Tacos. Photo courtesy of kelseylanvinio

La Pasada, an authentic Mexican food truck, serves tacos, burritos, tortas, nachos, quesadillas, refreshing horchata, and, our personal favorite, the special Torta Ahogada. Rule of thumb at La Pasada: if they have the Torta Ahogada, get it. And grab extra napkins, too.

What are your go-to food trucks in Milwaukee? Let us know in the comments! In the meantime, keep eating like a local with the help of hankr, and stay hungry, Milwaukee!

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