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.
This summer, Kyra McCullum – who is a social worker by trade – rolled her food truck, called Bebe’s Bistro, onto the Milwaukee streets for the first time.
The business on wheels offers Italian beef sausages, Polish sausages, cheeseburgers, turkey burgers, sliders, mini donuts, "junk-in-a-bag (Cheetos or Doritos topped with meat, peppers, cheese and jalapeños), "disco fries" (French fries with Italian seasoning, Parmesan, beef au jus and nacho cheese) and more.
The business is a tribute to McCullum’s mom, Brenda "BeBe" Appling, who passed away earlier this year.
Appling, also a social worker and activist known for her work with Career Youth Development (CYD), the Milwaukee Urban League and more, had beat cancer in 2011 but was unable to recover from heart surgery.
Appling was loved by many and the ceiling of the food truck is covered with Appling’s friends’ signatures and exclamations of love.
"She was a very strong woman and I’m proud of this to be her namesake," says McCullum.
During a recent visit, I ordered the cheeseburger sliders with bacon jam which came with a side of Parmesan fries for $8. Did I mention bacon jam? The two sliders were larger than I expected and really juicy. The fries were hot and flavorful but could have been saltier for my tastes. But hey, there was bacon jam!
McCullum says she and her mother talked about the food truck prior to her death and Appling wanted her daughter to operate a barbecue business.
"Unfortunately, I’m not much of a barbecue-er," says McCullum.
Bebe’s Bistro will be in Wahl Park, 4750 N. 48th St., on Saturday, Aug. 16 and outside Panache Lounge, 4828 N. 57th St., on Saturday, Aug. 23. McCullum hopes to eventually break into the Downtown food truck scene.
No Talkbacks for this article.
Post your comment/review now
Disclaimer: Please note that Facebook comments are posted through Facebook and cannot be approved, edited or declined by OnMilwaukee.com. The opinions expressed in Facebook comments do not necessarily reflect those of OnMilwaukee.com or its staff.
Recent Articles & Blogs by Molly Snyder
Published May 27, 2015
As a way to heal after the break-up of an 11-year relationshsip, Monica Lee started Free Hug Day in 2013. On June 20, she will host the event for the third time.
Published May 24, 2015
Many Milwaukee women are major contributors to local business, and here are 11 who are providing life-enhancing outlets for Brew City shoppers and, in many cases, building community at the same time.
Published May 23, 2015
Nick Ramsey is the poet laureate of Racine. Yes, Racine has a poet laureate, and Ramsey was nominated and later appointed to the two-year position in October 2013. Ramsey will read from his new chapbook, "Rhymes & Rambles," on Saturday, May 30 at Wilson's Coffee & Tea in, aptly, Racine.
Published May 21, 2015
Anyone who's traveled from General Mitchell International Airport in the past few years has most likely noticed the "Recombobulation Area" signs that hang just beyond the security checkpoints. Is "recombobulation" even a word?
Published May 20, 2015
This year, PrideFest, which takes place June 5-7, will feature three bathrooms labeled "gender-neutral" to ensure comfort and inclusiveness.
Published May 18, 2015
Fixture Pizza Pub is opening soon in Walker's Point at 625 S. 2nd St. in the former Boom / The Room space.
Published May 16, 2015
The Memorial Weekend Classic returns to Great Lakes Dragaway in Union Grove next weekend. The event will include the standard races as well as a free kids' carnival called "Leroy Butler Day at the Races" on Sunday. The carnival takes place from 1 to 5 p.m. and Butler will be there promoting his anti-bullying campaign.
Published May 15, 2015
Milwaukee is - and has always been - a town with many olfactory offerings. Here are six strong ones.
Published May 13, 2015
Cafe at the Plaza, 1007 N. Cass St., reopened today after being closed for renovations since March 30.
Published May 13, 2015
Kelsey Miller has exactly one month of bartending under her proverbial belt, but she already digs it. And she can mix a mean Old Fashioned.