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06.26.2014 | | Posted at 11:00 AM

From chicken in a waffle cone to lobster BLTs, we hunted for the Big Gig's true bargains

By Lacey Muszynski
No one goes to Summerfest just to eat. That's what State Fair is for. But after eight hours of rockin' out, you're going to need a little something to get you through those 10 p.m. headliners. Here's our rundown of this year's hits and misses.
Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013
 On most weather-abiding afternoons, the streets of several South Side neighborhoods welcome a tempting assortment of taqueria trucks and elote (Mexican corn on the cob) carts. Convenient and affordable, these vendors
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013

Short Orders

 Puddle Jumpers BBQ (4939 S. Howell Ave.) is a casual spot near the airport with new ownership and a new menu. The specialties are obvious, with chicken, pulled pork, ribs and beef brisket among the smoked meats served here
Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013

Botanas’ Inviting Fare and Furnishings

 Botanas looks deceptively small upon entering, but the rambling space contains a number of dining rooms plus a large outdoor patio. Some of the rooms in this popular Mexican restaurant are quite elaborate. The front one has
Friday, Aug. 24, 2012
Poco Loco Cantina (4134 W. River Lane) is a cozy Mexican restaurant located in the heart of the old village of Brown Deer. Two counters provide seating for about 20 patrons. In the summer, however, additional seating is available...
Monday, July 16, 2012

Short Orders

BelAir Cantina (1935 N. Water St.), just a few blocks north of Brady Street, has a prime RiverWalk location overlooking the Milwaukee River. The recently renovated outdoor patio now...
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Most food trucks are restricted by their size; it's difficult, if not impossible, for a cramped kitchen on wheels to offer a very big menu. That's not a concern at Fast Foodie, though. If anything, the local traveling kitchen was too big: a...
Thursday, March 29, 2012

El Fogoncito's Authentic Mexican Menu

A 1960s office building just south of Mayfair Mall is a very unlikely spot for an authentic Mexican restaurant, but Taqueria El Fogoncito (10425 W. North Ave.) makes it work. Look for the small bright awning, the only color on a pale yellow brick...
Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010

South Side street vendors offer authentic fare

Nowadays, “taqueria” often refers to restaurants that serve authentic Mexican cuisine, but the term originally applied to street vendors. In Milwaukee, Taqueria trucks parked throughout the South Side are continuing that tradition by serving Mexican food on the go. Tacos, burritos, tostadas, tortas and quesadillas are all affordably priced because...

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