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A mostly vegetarian restaurant/bar with an eclectic menu
The Handlebar has a surprisingly good selection of vegan options, including stuffed mushrooms, African Ground Nut Stew, various seitan sandwiches and a chocolate raspberry torte for dessert.
They also serve brunch on the weekends.
on Aug 7 04
(last updated Jun 15 13)
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Open until 2am on weekends!
In my experience, it really depends on what you order at Handlebar.
My favorite item is the buffalo "chicken" (seitan) wrap. It's really amazing!
I had the seitan bbq burger in the past and it was definitely not as good.
I went to handlebar because of someone telling me to go next time in Chicago. I did go but wasn't too impressed. This place is a vegetarian restaurant that serves fish on like a third of the entree selections. Boo. I had brunch there and got a tofu scramble which was ok, I can make it better, but it wasn't bad by any means. The breakfast potatoes seemed slightly overcooked but still fairly decent. My friend got the 3 little black bean tostadas which was probably the best deal on the menu, it was maybe $5 I think. So the food was decent, maybe slightly overpriced. The service was disappointing however. In Milwaukee I've been to plenty of hipster restaurants but was still attended to a reasonable amount, but not at handle bar. I had a water cup empty for the majority of my meal, and it took forever to be given our check. I might give this place another try, someday, but no rush.
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Get off on the Damen stop of the Blue line and take a left onto North Avenue. The Handlebar will be on the left side of the street (South), about 5 blocks away.
$$ - average
- Eclectic (Varied)
- Happy Hour
- Large Group-Friendly
- Outdoor Seating