Comet Cafe

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

3.5 / 17 votes

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Coffee Shop focusing on slow food

Restaurant, Coffee/Tea/Juice, Bar

Comet is a popular hangout attracting everyone from hipsters and students to punks and middle-agers. It started out as mostly a local coffee shop but has evolved into a popular hangout with an extensive menu.

The dining area is fairly large, with half of it falling in the bar and half falling on the other half. Formerly known as an exceedingly smoky place, Comet now only allows smoking in the bar section, and has further limited it to after 10pm.

Menu includes vegetarian and vegan sandwiches, wraps, burritos, and soups, including: vegan meatloaf sandwich, vegan fried ribs with chive mayo, vegan BLT, vegan gyro, and more. Coffee/Espresso drinks and large tea selection. Casual punk rock atmosphere, usually smokey and crowded.

Vegan items are clearly marked with the vegan bunny, and are usually $1 more than their non-vegan version, as Comet uses Field Roast faux meats, which are on the pricey side.

Added by AddVegan on Mar 19 05 (last updated Sep 23 09)

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Our first experience with the Comet Cafe was the long line out the front door on a Sunday morning. This place is SUPER popular. My Wife and I prefer less people at restaurants, so we waited a few hours and came back, around 3pm or so.

We were seated immediately and ordered a Half Order of Deep Fried Vegan Riblets. Amazing! I had to double check with the waiter to make sure they gave us the Vegan version of the ribs, which they did.

My Wife had and loved the Vegan Ruben without Cheese. I had the Vegan Salisbury Steak, and while I felt it could use more of that wonderful Mushroom gravy, I was still quite satisfied. Plus, the Mashed Potatoes were just the way I like them, mashed but NOT pureed.

We've been back to the Comet a few more times since our initial visit, always during the slow time of the day, and we're convinced that we've found our new favorite restaurant.

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Comet is one of my least-favorite vegan-friendly places in Milwaukee because their service and food availability is so inconsistent. I visited last week and the wait was about 30 minutes (likely due to holiday travelers) but the service was very friendly. My non-veg sister joined me and loved her vegan Reuben, which made me quite happy. I tried the vegan seitan Philly, which was good, but the Riverwest Co-op's is way better.

The previous 3 times I have been there, they were out of the vegan deep fried ribs, which is my all-time favorite. One time, because they were out of the ribs, and also out of a few other vegan items, my group of friends and I all had to get the vegan gyros, which they totally skimped on, likely because they were low on seitan.

Last time, I thought I'd call ahead and be safe. The guy answering the phone rudely said they had the vegan ribs. I asked again, explaining that I had come in a few other times in the past, only to find out they were out. Again, he said they had them. Guess what. I got there and they didn't have the ribs. Not cool, Comet!

They did have the vegan ribs this last time I went, and they were very good, but probably better split as an appetizer, versus as a meal since it's so greasy. Some other quick opinions about their items: the Reuben is very good, the vegan "pulled pork" sandwich is really just cold cuts so it's not spectacular, and their homemade vegan cheese sauce is decent, but nothing to brag about (tastes like a basic nutritional yeast/margarine combination).

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East Side

Allows Smoking

No Reservations

Wheelchair Accessible


$ - inexpensive


  • American Express Discover MasterCard Visa


  • American
  • Eclectic (Varied)


  • Brunch
  • Happy Hour
  • Large Group-Friendly


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10:30am - midnight
7am - midnight

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