By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Jul 04, 2022 at 11:02 AM

Join us on Saturday, July 23 for some lakeside munchies at the second annual OnMilwaukee Food Truck Fest. Choose from a menu of 20 trucks and enjoy the live DJ, games and entertainment. It's the biggest gathering of the best food on four wheels.

It’s more important than ever to support our local restaurants. And there’s no better way to do so than making a commitment to patronize them throughout the year. To guide you on your journey, I’ve composed a list of 52 restaurants (one for each week of 2022) that should be on your Milwaukee restaurant bucket list. View the full list here.

Zócalo Food Park
636 S. 6th St., (414) 433-9747
Food Trucks

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Want choices? You’ve got them, plus a liberal dose of community, at Zócalo Food Park. Relax with a drink from the tavern while enjoying dishes from the food park’s collection of food trucks. It’s a casual dining experience unlike any other in the city.  

Here's what's on the menu:

Anytime Arepa

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This family-run business offers made-to-order Venezuelan arepas with fillings like pulled brisket seasoned with sofrito paste; slow-cooked pork, which is marinated in citrus juices, wine and herbs; tender shredded chicken; or black beans and plantains. Each can be customized with your choice of cheese, black beans, plantains or salsa (garlic, avocado or hot).

Brew'd Burger Shop

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This is no ordinary burger stop; but it's oh-so-Milwaukee thanks to New Baron's Brewing Cooperative beer infused into a variety of dishes. Take the Brew City Burger, for instance. It's topped with bacon and New Baron's "Witches Bit Witbier" cheese sauce.  You'll also find other delicious diversions like carnitas poutine and a Sonoran hot dog featuring an all beef frank wrapped with bacon and topped with cheese and guacamole on a toasted bun.

Hot Box Pizza

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Hungry for pizza? This Hot Box serves them up wood-fired on housemade dough, which is brushed with a mix of herbed butter and oil before being slathered with rustic tomato sauce,  covered in toppings and served with a piece of wood-fired garlic bread. Don't sleep on the smoked chicken drumsticks or wood-fired macaroni and cheese.

Mazorca Tacos

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Get your taco fix at this Zocalo staple offering hand-pressed corn tortillas and mouthwatering fillings like pulled beef braised in adobo with ginger, chocolate and sesame seeds and al pastor pork with pineapple and avocado salsa. Be sure to try a torta; I'd recommend the chicken torta topped with bean puree, guacamole, chile morita mayo, cheese, mixed greens and lime vinaigrette.

Meat & Co.

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Get your sandwich fix at this deli-inspired concept featuring inspired sandwiches and sides. You can't go wrong with the crowd favorite Lunch Box sandwich featuring griddled mortadella, sharp white cheddar, Dijon slaw, Zapp’s Voodoo Chips and Duke’s mayo. But eggplant fans will fall for the Veg & Co. featuring panko-crusted eggplant, house pomodoro sauce, fresh mozzarella, garlic confit and kalamata olives on a seeded roll.

Modern Maki

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There's nothing like sushi in the summertime, and Modern Maki offers a fresh selection, from more traditional flavor combinations (think California roll, spicy tuna or veggie rolls like avocado, cucumber and sweet potato) to offerings like their Hot Flamin' sushi burrito with spicy tuna, spicy crab, eel, avocado, cucumber, and spicy hot flamin crunch. Wash it all down with a glass of their refreshing bubble tea!

Scratch Ice Cream

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You'll scream for their delicious ice cream, which comes in a rotating cast of flavors from dirt cake and Door County cherry to mint chip brownie and salted caramel waffle cone.

Be sure to grab a drink at the Zócalo Tavern, the design of which is inspired by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s famous blue house.

Note: Ruby's Bagel's is temporarily closed due to a fire at their commercial kitchen. But be sure to pay them a visit when they return!  Be sure to order a rosemary sea salt bagel. They're delicious.

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.