Milwaukee, WI: A Guide To Milwaukee Food Trucks

Gouda Girl Katherine Tonn serves up grilled cheese and smiles. Photo by Chris Kessler.

By Ann Christenson  |  Milwaukee Magazine

Gouda Girl Katherine Tonn serves up grilled cheese and smiles. Photo by Chris Kessler.
Gouda Girl Katherine Tonn serves up grilled cheese and smiles.
Photo by Chris Kessler.

The Gouda Girls
The Dairy State-proud menu trumpets the classic grilled cheese in many iterations. Their bovine-themed van heads to events across the state but they keep the home fires burning, with appearances at the U.S. Bank Center and, starting in August, a food court location at Eleven25 at Pabst (1125 N. Ninth St.). Twitter: @GoudaGirlsTrk Facebook:thegoudagirlstruck

The Gouda Girls’ grilled mac and cheese. Photo by Chris Kessler.
The Gouda Girls’ grilled mac and cheese.
Photo by Chris Kessler.

Pete’s Pops
Pete’s is icy relief-on-a-stick on summer days when your pants stick to the back of your legs. Owner Pete Cooney has built a following for avocado and pineapple jalapeno pops. Expect some enticing new flavors this season. The cart will make Saturday appearances at farmers markets (Tosa, Shorewood, South Shore). Instagram: @petespops

Meat on the Street
Known for chicken and beef skewers over pancit (Filipino noodles) and the pork adobo bowl, this truck reminds me how much I wish there were a Filipino restaurant in this city. Facebook:meatonthestreet.mke Twitter: @meatstreet_mke

Liège-style waffles are as decadent as honeycomb-patterned, iron-cooked breads get – rich, chewy brioche dough with a caramelized exterior. Toppings are as simple as powdered sugar, as complex as fig preserves, thyme and Sartori Montamore cheese. New summer toppings include peach, Brie and basil. Also look for stroopwafels (thin, cookie-like waffle sandwiches). The cart’s schedule includes the markets in Cathedral Square, Shorewood, Tosa and Morgan Park (Bay View). Facebook and Instagram@presswaffles

Siobhan and Michael Mesenbourg rack up the mileage on their bright-yellow rig, making stops from Downtown Milwaukee (U.S. Bank Center, Red Arrow Park) to Cedarburg and serving up variations on the rotisserie chicken sandwich. My favorite chicken sandwich is also fun to say – the Mother Clucker. It’s one fine bird. Twitter: @yellow_bellies_

The Falafel Guys
The wind-caught aroma of fried food conjures up street fairs and carnivals and gloriously long days. The Guys, who do a great shawarma sandwich as well as falafel, recently opened a resto in Thiensville (105 Friestadt Rd.). Facebook: Falafel Guys

Taqueria Buenavista
Look for this source of tortilla ecstasy near the Chase and Oklahoma in Bay View. The menu (tacos, tortas, etc.) is simple, affordable and exquisito. Facebook: Taqueria Buenavista

Oscar’s on a Roll
The mobile offshoot of Oscar’s, a South Side burger joint (1712 W. Pierce St.), home of the delish gut-buster chorizo-and-bacon burger, “The Big O.” The truck’s menu features that creation and others, plain to major-dolled-up. Look for The Big Foot, with boursin and blue cheese! Twitter: @OscarsOnARoll

Marco Pollo
The truck — started by two high school students and their teacher in 2014 — focuses on deep-fried chicken with various sauces (buffalo, Thai/Malaysian, Tex-Mex, even “Naked”). They’ve since added potstickers and gua bao (pork sliders). June is when they’ll ease back into their daily schedule. Twitter:@marcopollomke

Roll MKE
The beauty of a mobile menu is you can focus on a few things and do them well. Roll has some doozies, including the brisket grilled cheese. Downtown lunchtimes are plum times to find Roll: Tuesdays, Schlitz Park; Wednesdays, U.S. Bank Center; Thursdays, County Courthouse; Fridays, Red Arrow Park. Facebook: RollMKE Twitter: @rollmke

Where some food trucks congregate (summer-fall, weather dependent):

➸ Take-Out Tuesday in Schlitz Park (1555 N. Rivercenter Dr., 11 a.m.-2 p.m.)
➸ Food Truck Thursday at Courthouse (901 N. Ninth St.; 11 a.m.-2 p.m.)
➸ Fridays at Red Arrow Park (Water St. and Kilbourn Ave.; 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.)
➸ U.S. Bank Center, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (11 a.m.-1 p.m.)
➸ Chill on the Hill, Humboldt Park, Tuesday nights (June 7-August 30)
➸ Burnham Park, daily (35th and Burnham on the South Side)
➸ Westown Farmers Market (301 W. Michigan St.; Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.)

Look for:

➸ The new Stuffed, serving a selection of pierogis (@StuffedPierogi); Black Shoe Hospitality, offering specialties from Maxie’s, Story Hill BKC and Blue’s Egg at Tosa Farmers Market and other events;Double B’s smoked meats truck (out in mid-June; Facebook: Double B’s BBQ); The Frying Dutchmen, providing bitterballen and frites; and Honeypie’s new “Snack Wagon,” selling mini pies, sweet and savory hand pies and other sweet snacks (Facebook: Honeypie Cafe).