Beans & Barley

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

3.6 / 23 votes

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Veg-friendly restaurant, deli and grocery store

Restaurant, Grocery/Bakery/Deli, General Store

A neighborhood "specialty" grocery store for the East Side and greater Milwaukee, where you can find everything you need — from fresh produce to "fresh" greeting cards, imported shortbread to organic frozen dinners, and from wine to fresh-squeezed carrot juice!

An "all-homemade" deli, whose soups, desserts and vegetarian specialties (consistent award-winners) — are waiting to be taken home to dinner, seven days a week.

It's a health food store with hundreds of products — vitamins, supplements and food products, bath and body-care items, homeopathies, books — and a staff of people that can help you find what you need.

The restaurant seats eighty people, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week, with a menu of good, healthy homemade food — including vegetarian and non-vegetarian specialties, beer and wine.

Added by jessica namaste on Jun 9 04 (last updated Sep 11 09)

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vegan-modified sweet potato burrito has me coming back every time I'm in town. The small grocery is very nice and vegan-friendly as well.

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I have been going to Beans and Barley for a very long time and their service and food has always been consistently good. I no longer live in Milwaukee but almost always try to stop there when I'm in town. As several others have mentioned their tofu scrambler is the best I've had anywhere (I did buy the cookbook with the recipe and have made it at home as well, I highly recommend seeking that out). In fact it pretty much spoiled tofu scrambler any other place I go because I always compare it to B&B and it always falls flat. This was the first place I ever had tempeh and I really enjoy their tempeh, tomato, and lettuce sandwich (available with vegan mayo).

They also make fresh squeezed veg juices and I'm a huge fan of carrot/celery/ginger. It's pricey but its worth it to not have to clean your juicer.

The one criticism I would agree with is that their menu has barely changed at all since I started going there 10 years ago. As busy as it is in there more of the time you can't really blame them for keeping what works.

As a grocery it used to be more unusual and really for that area (by foot) its still decent, but the prices tend to be a bit on the high side for the convenience of not having to driving/busing/biking to one of the co-ops. Fortunately some of the items there are becoming more mainstream and can be found in many major chains. They do have some unique gift items there though and a great selection of greeting cards (not walgreens variety).

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East Side


Near the corner of North and Oakland Avenues.


No Reservations

Wheelchair Accessible


$ - inexpensive


  • MasterCard Visa


  • American


  • (Mostly) Organic
  • Brunch
  • Kid-Friendly
  • Outdoor Seating


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8am - 9pm

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