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It’s no secret that Milwaukee is rapidly becoming one of the most culturally diverse cities in the Midwest. The city’s food scene is thriving as a result of this trend, with a steady supply of new eateries, food trucks, and caterers providing Milwaukeeans with a wealth of dining options. This new culinary status quo is also visible in this year’s Best of Fooda voting, with everything from gyros to dumplings making it into the final round. That said, the voters are clearly on a south-of-the-border cuisine kick, with two iconic local Mexican restaurants claiming the top spots in every category. Let’s take a look at this year’s winners.

Popup Awards

Best Entree 0f 2023 – Steak Tacos from Los Cantaritos Authentic Mexican Restaurant

There’s a deceptive simplicity to the best street-style foods. Take the steak tacos from Los Cantaritos, for example. At first glance, this might not seem like the kind of dish that would be in the running for Best Delivery Entree. What could be so special about a steak taco, after all? Then the unmistakable aroma hits you, and everything makes sense. When they say “authentic Mexican tacos,” they aren’t kidding. The steak tips are perfectly seared and seasoned, balanced with freshly chopped cilantro and onion, and served on deliciously soft tortillas. From that very first bite, you can understand why this dish has earned its place as a Milwaukee favorite.

Runner Up: Rumbera Arepa from Arepa’s Place

Best Customer Service – Margarita Paradise

It’s not easy to throw the staff at Margarita Paradise off of their game. They work in one of the busiest restaurant locations in Milwaukee, with every shift dedicated to serving a bustling crowd of hungry tourists, families, and downtown workers. It’s the definition of fast-paced, high-stress food service, and by all accounts the team at Margarita Paradise thrives on it. They bring this same friendly-yet-efficient style to their workplace catering, a fact that helped to earn them more than a third of the votes in this year’s Best Customer Service contest.

Runner Up: Ian’s Pizza

Most Likely To Visit Outside Of Work – Margarita Paradise

Located just inside the Water Street entrance to the Milwaukee Public Market, Margarita Paradise is hard to miss. The restaurant has become an integral part of the Historic Third Ward’s renaissance, with their expansive selection of tequila-centric cocktails helping them become a go-to spot for grabbing a few after-work drinks. Their location may also play a role in the high quality of their menu, as Margarita Paradise is surrounded by some of the most exciting and innovative eateries the city has to offer. Foodies will not be disappointed by their menu, as it’s packed with updated versions of classic Tex-Mex dishes (including their always popular homemade tamales). With all this in mind, it’s not hard to see why Margarita Paradise is on the short list of must-try restaurants for Fooda’s voters.

Runner Up: Los Cantaritos Authentic Mexican Restaurant

Best Overall Popup – Margarita Paradise

You may be noticing a theme in this year’s awards, with Margarita Paradise earning the top spot in all but one of the categories. What makes this place so special? Is it their perfectly prepared menu of crowd-pleasing, taqueria-style cuisine? Yes. It’s also their highly skilled, professional, and customer-focused staff that know exactly how to create a stress-free catering experience at any workplace setting. Operating a restaurant popup requires a tremendous amount of preparation and hard work, but the crew at Margarita Paradise make it look easy.

Runner Up: Los Cantaritos Authentic Mexican Restaurant