By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Dec 09, 2022 at 11:02 AM

In October, we told you that Trouble Makers Cocina would be taking over the kitchen at the Central Waters Brewing Co. taproom at 1037 W. Juneau Ave.

Well, the trouble is officially scheduled to begin. On Friday, Dec. 16 beginning at 6 p.m., the Trouble Makers will celebrate their official grand opening, offering a full menu of their "mad" Mexican fare.

On the menu

Guests can expect beer-worthy snacks, a variety of tacos (carne asada, chicken tinga, al pastor, brussels sprouts and cauliflower, $4-$5.50 each), and loaded fries ($15-$16). They will also feature dishes like beef birria tostadas, street corn quesadillas, roasted poblano Caesar salad and carne asada flatbread.

On Fridays, guests can also get the Trouble Makers fish fry featuring hand-battered cod, fries, ancho-guajillo coleslaw, toast points and housemade tartar sauce ($16.95).

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On game days, they will also roll out a number of delicious specials including wings (available by the pound for $16) with a choice of sauces (tajin pineappe, honey lime mole, sweet chili adobo or tangy habanero); an edamame hummus platter ($12) and sheet tray nachos with all the fixin's (available in both meat or vegetable versions, $10 or $20).

You can view the full menu online.

Following their grand opening on Friday, Dec. 16, Trouble Makers Cocina will be open at Central Waters Monday through Thursday from 3 to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.


Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host

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.