It’s as important as ever to support the amazing collection of local restaurants that we have in our beautiful city. 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 amazing restaurants. Try just one of these every week and you’ll have visited them all by the end of 2023. View the full list here OR download an abbreviated printable PDF file.
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 remarkably diverse selection of dishes from the food park’s collection of food trucks.
Currently, those options include:
- Anytime Arepa: Venezuelan arepas, snacks
- Cocina Filipina: Filipino fare
- Hot Box Pizza: Wood-fired pizza and more
- Las Virellas: Puerto Rican fare
- Mazorca Tacos: Tacos, burritos, tortas, nachos
- Meat & Co.: Burgers, Nashville hot chicken, sandwiches
- Modern Maki: Sushi, sashimi, dumplings, milk tea
- Ruby's Bagels: Bagels, bagel sandwiches, coffee
- Scratch Ice Cream: Ice cream (dairy or dairy-free)
- Zocalo Tavern: Beer, wine, cocktails and zero-proof options
Bring the family. Plan a gathering with friends. Pop by over your lunch break. Share a variety of dishes to share or keep it all to yourself. However you choose to experience this community gathering place is exactly the right way.
No matter what you choose, it's a casual dining experience unlike any other in the city. But even more than that, it’s a place that raises up food entrepreneurs, encourages community and works to make our city a better, more inclusive place.
If you've visited before, consider making a return trip this week. If you've never experienced Zocalo, consider this your official invitation to try it out!
Check out current hours, menus and events at the Zocalo website.
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.