A Guide to Milwaukee Food Trucks

Summer in Milwaukee is a Shangri-la for street food fans. Check out this sampling of local mobile food emporiums.

The Gouda Girls’ grilled mac and cheese. Photo by Chris Kessler.
The Gouda Girls’ grilled mac and cheese. 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 last August, a food court location at Eleven25 at Pabst (1125 N. Ninth St.).
Twitter: @goudagirlstweet
Facebook: thegoudagirls

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. The cart makes Saturday appearances at farmers markets (Tosa, Shorewood, South Shore).
Instagram: @petespops
Twitter: 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: presswaffles 
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, also opened a resto in Thiensville (105 Friestadt Rd.). Facebook: FalafelGuysWI
Twitter: falafelguysMKE

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).
Twitter: @marcopollomke
Facebook: oscarsonaroll

Hidden Kitchen MKE

Featuring an ever-evolving menu, this food truck also caters events (and weddings!). Consider it farm-to-truck dining—Hidden Kitchen MKE has fostered relationships with several local farmers for the freshest produce, meat and dairy around.

Facebook: HiddenKitchenMKE
Instagram: hiddenkitchenmke

Punjabi Accent

Milwaukee’s first Indian food truck hit the streets in early 2017. Snag some chicken tikka masala, garlic naan and other Punjabi favorites, to go! 

Facebook: punjabi.accent

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
➸ Burnham Park, daily (35th and Burnham on the South Side)
➸ Westown Farmers Market (301 W. Michigan St.; Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.)