Variety is, as they say, the spice of life. And Zocalo will be spicing things up during the month of November with a slate of rotating food trucks popping up for service on Saturdays.
That means that on Saturdays you’ll find a virtual feast: tacos from Mazorca, arepas from Anytime Arepa, bagels from Ruby’s Bagels, burgers and chicken sandwiches from Foxfire, sushi and ramen from Modern Maki and ice cream from Scratch.
But that’s not all. Here’s the schedule of appearances from three more delicious vendors
Nov. 7: Meat on the Street
Serving 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Operated by Alexa and Matthew Alfaro, this family operation has been serving fantastic Filipino fare since 2014, first via truck and then at the Eleven25 at the Pabst. On Saturday they’ll be offering a menu of beef, chicken or barbequed pork kebabs along with a variety of rice bowls from chicken binakol (coconut chicken), hot tofu, hot or regular teriyaki chicken, vegan and, brunch bowls. There will also be calamansi lemonade and sweets like leche flan and bibingka (rice flour cake).
Guests can order onsite right at the truck; both cash or credit are accepted. Typical wait time for food is three to five minutes.
Nov. 13 and Nov. 27: Hue
Serving 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Operated by Cat Tran and Mark Nielsen, Hue brought their modern Vietnamese restaurant to Bay View in 2010, expanding to a second location in Wauwatosa by 2014. They will be popping up at Zocalo twice in November slinging dishes like spicy crab rangoon, pork egg rolls, vegetable potstickers and BBQ pork buns, along with banh mi sandwiches (lemongrass beef, pork tonkatsu, curry chicken and a vegetarian version with char siu bbq jack fruit) and Hue’s unique Wisconsin fish fry featuring turmeric-battered swai with Asian slaw and garlic fried rice.
Guests can order right from the truck (cash or credit card accepted) or through the CashDrop app. Pre-orders will also be accepted; watch the Hue website for more information starting early next week.
Nov. 21: Mr. P’s Grilled Cheese
Serving 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Operated by Ty Poulson, Mr. P’s pays homage to Wisconsin with a rotating selection of piping hot panini-pressed grilled cheeses like the Mac Daddy (grilled cheese stuffed with mac and cheese); the Soo-Eee featuring ham, bacon, muenster and mild cheddar and a rotating list of specials like the Spinach Artichoke Dip Grilled Cheese. Each sandwich is served with a “Little Dipper” of tomato bisque because… what’s better than tomato soup with an ooey gooey grilled cheese?
Guests can order right from the truck (cash or credit card accepted) or through the CashDrop app.
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.