By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer Published Oct 06, 2020 at 12:01 PM

My annual article, 52 Restaurants for your Bucket List, was originally created to provide readers with an easy way to explore the wealth of restaurants in the Milwaukee scene over the course of one year (52 weeks). Today, as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, it provides a fun and equally compelling guide for folks who’d like to bring variety to their weekly meals while providing vital support to some of our finest local restaurants.

Here's the featured eating establishment of the day, plus five can’t miss dishes to try.

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

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 a variety of dishes from the food park’s collection of food trucks. It’s a casual dining experience unlike any other in the city.

5 dishes to try:

  1. Vegetarian tacos with seared cheese, guacamole, tomatillo and cilantro ($2.50 each) or al pastor tacos, fiilled with adobo marinated pork that’s cooked on a trompo and crisped on the truck's flat-top grill ($2.75).
  2. The beef brisket arepa from Anytime Arepa ($11.50). 
  3. The "baller" hot fried chicken sandwich from Foxfire ($9.50). Grab the charred broccoli salad alongside (trust me).
  4. Rosemary sea salt bagels from Ruby's Bagels (open Friday through Sunday only)
  5. Scratch ice cream (all their flavors are stellar), available on weekends.

Bonus: Give Modern Maki, the new sushi truck a try!

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer

Lori Fredrich (Lo) is an eater, writer, wonderer, bon vivante, traveler, cook, gardener and girlwonder. Born and raised in the Milwaukee area, she has tried to leave many times, but seems to be drawn to this quirky city that smells of beer and alewives.

Some might say that she is a little obsessed with food. Lo would say she is A LOT obsessed with food. After all, she has been cooking, eating and enjoying food for decades and has no plans to retire anytime soon. 

Lo's recipes and writing have been featured in a variety of publications including GO: Airtran Inflight Magazine, Cheese Connoisseur, Cooking Light, Edible Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, as well as on the blog Go Bold with Butter, the web site Wisconsin Cheese Talk, and in the quarterly online magazine Grate. Pair. Share.