Riverwest Co-op & Cafe

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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My wife and I ate here twice while in town and both times the service was extremely friendly and helpful. The guys in the kitchen prep area were simply THE BEST.

The cafe is very cozy with just 4 or 5 tables and I could see it being pretty tight if it is chilly/rainy taking away the option of outdoor seating. The prices were very reasonable.

The food was some of the best diner-style vegan food I've had anywhere in the country. The sandwiches ($7.50 - $9.50) all were excellent. We tried the tempeh reuben, BBQ tofu, and seitan philly sandwiches. I loved all three and they all had plenty of Daiya/sauce/gooey awesomeness.

For $2 you can sub out the tortilla chips for 4oz of any deli side which included balsamic kale salad and a southwestern sweet potato salad both of which were very tasty. They also were offering two vegan soups. We tried the coconut lentil soup which had great flavor and texture and was served with some delicious multigrain toast. They also had giant vegan chocolate chip cookies for only $1.50!

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This is the spot! I LOVE THE CO-OP!!!! They have high ethical standards (I hope the co-op goes all veg soon), and the service is friendly.

The cafe is all vegetarian and has tons of vegan options. The smoothies are vegan and are always amazing, as is the seitan Philly cheesesteak sandwich. They do pizza nights on Saturdays which offer tons of vegan options (including BBQ unchicken pizza, roasted veggie pizza, and more), along w/ other themed nights like "Whole Grain Mondays" and "Taco Tuesdays".

They offer brunch on the weekends, which is always delicious. Some options are breakfast burritos, vegan pancakes and French toast, tofu scramble, vegan biscuits and gravy, and more. I think the biscuits are a little hard, but the gravy is good. Between the pancakes and French toast, I'd definitely vote for the pancakes (I love the blueberry), but I've also had the special chocolate and mint French toast, which was divine.

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Really good vegan food, clearly marked on the menu and soy lattes are really good here too. They also offer soy milk creamer for coffee in the dining area, along with free refills of coffee. Very mom and pop and only about 4 tables inside (small place) but they have a patio in the summer too. Good vegan breakfast and you'll find all the hard to find vegan grocery items in the store attached to the diner.

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Love the Co-Op!! We have ordered just about every sandwich and item on their menu. Their breakfast is great, sandwiches are amazing also! Our favorites are the Seitan Philly sandwich, BBQ Tofu, and our daughter's favorite is now the Vegan Quesadilla. Their smoothies are fantastic also. Very affordable too :) This is definitely one of our favorite places to eat. The only drawback is how long it takes to get your food sometimes.


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Not for profit independent run co-op is very nice. The location is not. I have never been impressed by their food although I know a lot of people that swear by it! They get so busy for their little kitchen. It once took me over 45 minutes to get my food on a busy Saturday. I used to live a ten minute walk away and would pop in quite often to visit the cafe and store. The first time I went there I got the bbq tofu sandwich. It was absolutely disgusting: the volunteer decided to put soy cheese on it. I did not ask for it, and the soy cheese made it super greasy. I would not have returned if I didn't have so many veg friends saying it wouldn't happen again.


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My girlfriend and I used to love this place (the food is pretty awesome), but we recently stopped going after finding hair in our food three times (yuck!!). We should have stopped after the first time we found hair in my BBQ tofu sandwich, but thought it was just a fluke. After the second time of finding it in the same sandwich I no longer ordered the BBQ tofu. The third time was the last time I will EVER go to the Coop. We found hair in our mac and trees (used to be my favorite dish there). I am absolutely disgusted by the cleanliness of the cafe!

The service really depends on who is working, but it can be slow and unfriendly if you don't "fit" in.


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The Co-op is nice, although small. The diner is extremely small with just a few tables. Eating in I've always felt uncomfortable - I don't look "alternative" and have definitely been snubbed a time or two while there.


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The Riverwest Co-op Cafe is hands down the best place for vegans to eat in Milwaukee. The food is spectacular (my favorite is the Seitan Philly) and the staff and volunteers are awesome.

I also like that the deli case items are constantly rotating and always exhibit the creativity of the workers.

Saturday night pizza is a must!


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Love Riverwest and the fact it's a co-op like Outpost, only smaller - it hasn't been around as long. Don't miss their breakfast ... that's where they really excel. Hooray for co-ops!!


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The food is excellent, but make sure you stress dairy or soy cheese (the cooks usually look a little stoned), cause twice, I got dairy (i'm vegan) and didn't realize it until after a couple bites. The breakfast, however, is the best vegan breakfast in the city! Chocolate chip pancakes, vanilla french toast, biscuits and gravy, oh my!


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Delicious food! I'm from out of town and I made it a point to eat here 2x before I left the area. I love the VLT, and the two different kinds of soup I had were awesome (curry lentil and minestrone). I also recommend that you satisfy your vegan sweet tooth with their chocolate chip cookies :)


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This is a great establishment. On one side a great cafe, that boasts a wide selection of vegan breakfast and lunch eats. The vegan "Philly Cheese Steak" was great (with homemade seitan)! The co-op itself also has a nice variety of vegan foods, despite the small store. They also seem to be animal rights friendly, as I saw literature available and some info from Farm Sanctuary hanging up.


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This place has a lot of charm. It's not the best food (although I do really like it), but what it lacks in taste it makes up for in being the only work run and operated food co-op in the city.

Whole foods and the outpost pale in ethical comparison. If we want alternatives to corporate monoculture and work environments that we can actually justify supporting then it becomes really important to support places like this.

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