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Waffle dogs, purple fries and a shake from Eats & Treats.
Waffle dogs, purple fries and a shake from Eats & Treats.
Owner Chris Jourdan ...
Owner Chris Jourdan ...
... and his truck.
... and his truck.

Food Truck Week: Eats & Treats

Wait up, summer's not over yet. You can tell because the streets are still lined with the ever-growing food truck culture in Milwaukee. It's Food Truck Week here at OnMilwaukee.com and all week long we're stopping at some of Brew City's best restaurants on wheels in search of the most interesting dishes on offer.

Ever since my colleague Nick Barth hipped me to the waffle dog, I've been chasing after the Eats & Treats Truck and, yesterday, I finally caught up.

According to its owner Chris Jourdan, the Eats & Treats Food Truck has a long history in Brew City. Jourdan is the fourth owner of a truck that's been working the Milwaukee streets since 1982.

Eats & Treats wraps a lot of stuff in waffles and pokes a stick through the middle: hot dogs, beer brats, spicy jalapeno cheddar brats, bacon. I tried the first two. For $4, you get two dogs but the beer brats cost more. Those are $6 a pair.

Think corn dogs but with waffles instead of cornbread, so, of course, the flavor is totally different even if the idea is the same. I loved them both but I had a dilemma. I'm a mustard on a sausage guy, but no way am I putting mustard on a waffle.

Luckily, Jourdan packs some syrup cups into the bag, too, and it's the perfect complement.

I also sampled Eats & Treats' recent menu addition: parmesan garlic fries made with purple potatoes from Treffinger Farms in Palmyra ($5). These are insanely addictive and there's an unexpected charm to noshing on purple French fries.

Perhaps ill-advisedly, from a caloric standpoint -- though definitely not from a flavor standpoint -- I washed it all down with a $6 salted caramel shake.

Check out the OnMilwaukee.com food truck finder to locate Eats & Treats to try one of the waffle dogs. The truck also does burgers, chicken and waffles and other stuff, so I'll be back to check those out.

The truck will be featured on the Travel Channel's "Food Paradise" in early 2015, so stay tuned for that, too.

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