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How Radio Milwaukee helped bring a food truck to Zócalo

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Side-by-side photos of Puerto Rican food in black to-go containers.
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Two of the dishes served up by Las Virellas food truck.

Each week on This Bites, dining critic Ann Christenson from Milwaukee Magazine and Radio Milwaukee’s resident foodie Tarik Moody dig into the city’s culinary and restaurant culture to help you find new spots, old favorites and the best ingestibles around Milwaukee.

You already know we’re food-truck fans here on This Bites. Just last week, we served up a few of our favorites to find around the area this summer. But it seems our love of mobile eats extends to my colleagues at Radio Milwaukee, which is where we start this episode.

The real star of our first news item is Las Virellas, a food truck dishing out Puerto Rican fusion courtesy of owners Carolin Virella and Mildred Virella. Radio Milwaukee’s Kenny Perez tracked down the truck and was so impressed by what he sampled that he reached out to Zócalo’s Jesus Gonzalez, suggesting he invite Las Virellas to the South Side park.

Gonzalez tried the food for himself and happily extended the invitation, which means visitors to Zócalo can now get jibaritos sliders, mofongo and more. Check out the full menu on their Facebook page, and find them at the food-truck park Tuesday through Sunday.

The rest of this episode is distinctly brick-and-mortar as we talk about:

We hope you find something good in this week’s episode. If you do, consider subscribing to the podcast wherever you listen, leave us a quick review or share us with a foodie friend. Thanks.

Director of Digital | Radio Milwaukee