It’s really still summer, even if some days it doesn’t feel like it. Mobile food operations offer some of the best opportunities to embrace summer — and have a tasty meal. Here’s a list of some new (and newish) trucks and trailers in the city:
What: offers savory foods inspired by New Zealand, particularly savory pies (flavors include mince and cheese, breakfast pie, curry vegetable and Thai chicken). Also scones, muffins, Anzac biscuits, chocolate sandwiches, puddings (brown sugar, cheesecake, tiramisu), plus a full coffee drink menu and teas.
Where and when: The modern, white-and-brown caravan parks in the Third Ward — at 330 N. Broadway. Hours are weather-dependent. Check their social media.
What: Ice pops offered up by a local couple who transport their wares by bike. They stock six to eight flavors at one time. Possibilities include coconut lime, bananas foster, strawberry mango, roasted pear ginger, chocolate-covered coconut, grapefruit tarragon, roasted red plum, sea salt chocolate, mango chile and tangerine mint.
Where: Check out the calendar on their website. They make regular appearances at farmers markets (in Riverwest, Cathedral Square and at Westown) and special events
What: a traveling trailer that specializes in Filipino egg rolls. Flavors range from classics — loaded baked potato, five-cheese mac, beef and potato, sriracha pork and “veg-head” — to specials like shrimp taco, pizza and bacon-wrapped BBQ pulled pork. The owners also make sweet versions of lumpia, including rainbow cheesecake, Dutch apple pie and cherry cobbler
Where: Their calendar is the best way to know where they are. They’ve offered food at local bars and craft breweries like Third Space Brewing, Burnhearts and Sugarmaple.
What: a big truck that aims for big flavors. The diverse menu: hot fried chicken sandwich, pork banh mi, been pupusa, puzzle, grilled cauliflower and halloumi cheese and grilled cheese with roasted tomatoes and pesto.
Where and when: Their territory is Bay View, including at businesses like Burnhearts bar and Hawthorne Coffee Roasters.
What: a bright pastel-colored truck that does a mixed repertoire of meat- and plant-based dishes. They include chicken (or vegan) nachos, vegan tamales, beer-braised chicken quesadillas, spicy Thai shrimp salad (can be made as a wrap), black bean burger and “Free Bird” — a cheddar corn cake with beer-braised chicken, corn salad, queso fresco and slaw.
Where and when: Spends time in Lake Geneva and now in Milwaukee, at special events. Best to look them up on social media to determine their whereabouts.