Your All-Day Guide to Milwaukee’s Best Food Trucks

We scheduled your day full of delicious bites from these seven food trucks.

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1.

5-10 A.M.: Ruby’s Bagels

BAGELS | ZÓCALO FOOD PARK, 636 S. SIXTH ST.

Roll into Ruby’s Bagels (open at 8 a.m. Fri-Sun) for some of the city’s best chewy, yeast-raised rolls with that all-important hole in the middle. Grab a bagel or two with one of a variety of schmears or a bagel sandwich like the cold- smoked salmon with cream cheese, lime-cured red onion, tomatoes, capers and fresh dill. 

Daniela “Ruby” Vareta often starts her day early – at 3:30 a.m. to make the sponge for her bagels. Photo by Matt Schwerin



 
 
2.

10 A.M.-NOON: Taqueria Buenavista

 TACOS | 93RD STREET AND WEST GREENFIELD AVENUE

Grab an early lunch at Taqueria Buenavista. Here you can savor simple, muy bueno street tacos on double corn tortillas or a messy-delicious torta piled with meat, refried beans, crema and avocado on a chewy roll. Bring cash! Parked regularly on South 93rd Street and West Greenfield Avenue.

Photo courtesy of Taqueria Buenavista

 

 



 
 
3.

NOON-2 P.M.: Modern Maki

SUSHI | ZÓCALO FOOD PARK, 636 S. SIXTH ST.

When you’re in the Walker’s Point neighborhood, dip into Modern Maki, specializing in classic and signature sushi rolls to pair with your beer. Be sure to try the aptly named summer roll – salmon, ahi tuna, yellowtail and avocado wrapped in a cucumber-seaweed sheet. 

Photo by Getty Images 



 
 
4.

2-5 P.M.: Pete’s Pops

POPSICLES | NORTH PROSPECT AND EAST BRADY STREET

Cool off with one of Pete’s Pops, in flavors ranging from pineapple jalapeño to Vietnamese iced coffee. Can’t decide which to try? Avocado is a creamy, not-too-sweet way to build up your reserves for more fun! Find the pop cart (not technically a truck) at the intersection of North Prospect Avenue and East Brady Street right before the entrance to the lakefront.  

Photo by Adam Ryan Morris



 
 
5.

5-8 P.M.: Maya Ophelia’s

VEGETARIAN | BOONE & CROCKETT, 818 S. WATER ST. 

Explore the plant-based lifestyle with a meatless, Latin- and Filipino-inspired specialty from Maya Ophelia’s. This vendor makes comfort-food magic with dishes like house-made Filipino BBQ skewers with pancit (Filipino noodles) and smoked banana blossoms with chimichurri and cranberry-serrano chile on a pressed roll. 

Photo via Maya Ophelia’s Facebook page



 
 
6.

8 P.M.-MIDNIGHT: Pedro’s South American Food

EMPANADAS | 909 E. LOCUST ST. 

Take a break from your sonic entertainment in Riverwest and hit up Pedro’s South American Food outside Black Husky Brewing. If you’re in the mood for something that’s not too heavy, Pedro’s empanadas are a perfect fit. Be sure to try the picadillo beef (ground beef with bell peppers, peas and carrots). He also serves delish Mexican corn topped with cotija cheese and cilantro aioli. 

Photo via Pedro’s South American Food Facebook



 
 
7.

MIDNIGHT-5 A.M.: The Fatty Patty

BURGERS | AT EAST JUNEAU AVENUE AND NORTH WATER STREET

Combine your celestial musings with a late-night indulgence – a gyro or burger from The Fatty Patty, which serves until 2 a.m, Tues-Fri. You can even marry both culinary worlds by ordering a burger topped with gyro meat and tzatziki (cucumber yogurt) sauce. 

Photo via Fatty Patty Facebook


 

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Ann Christenson has covered dining for Milwaukee Magazine since 1997. She was raised on a diet of casseroles that started with a pound of ground beef and a can of Campbell's soup. Feel free to share any casserole recipes with her.