Reviews written by Elf
Registered on Jan 3 10
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.
For Green Bay, it's nice there's the little cafe that tried, but unfortunately, this cafe fell fall short of any expectations I held. I had the falafel wrap which gave me a stomach ache and left a really bad after taste. I did not eat very much of it. Also I tried their sweet potato fries, pretty soggy and non appetizing. I heard they sold vegan baked goods, well, they were out of stock on them. I wouldn't go back unless they offered a better menu. I think the lack of competition in Green Bay gives this vegetarian cafe no motivation to improve.
I finally tried this place out, mostly because it's super close to where I live and I started to crave falafel. I got the falafel platter which the only thing I didn't like so much was the baba g stuff. Very strong eggplant taste a bit too much for me. The falafel was really, really good. It definitely had a strong coriander taste which was quite pleasant, and the outside of the falafel was perfectly crunchy. The hummus was very smooth and went well with the falafel. Very small place, which is why I ordered take out, but staff was very friendly. Yummy food, good prices.
I had the dolmathes and thought it was a bit too greasy for my taste. It was nice to have a Greek cafe that is vegan tolerant, but honestly, they had a lamb leg roasting in public view. So this place is not a place I would plan to return to; I would just head up the street to Casablanca.
It made me very happy when they had normal soy oreo. The soy expresso oreo is good don't get me wrong, but since I have no acquired taste for coffee I prefer the vanilla flavor with oreos. Very awesome. And indulging in soy ice cream is needed every once in awhile, but so is indulging in pizza. Babe's is located down the road from Classic Slice and Transfer Pizza. So eating good pizza and soy ice cream in the same trip will be sure to make you smile. Last time I went to Babe's I was talking to the owner who is very nice, about how awesome it would be if they offered vegan brownie sundaes. She legitimately agreed so we'll see if in the future Babe's will offer them. :D.
This place is pretty small and is definitely a "trendy" restaurant on the east side. I would like to see some expansion to the menu selection, but I definitely recommend doing take out or buying some food from the coolers and taking a look around the store. I have yet to find a better tofu sandwich than the balsamic tofu sandwich. yum!
Very liberal coffee shop. Politically, I can align myself with this coffee shop and wish I came around more often. Last time I was there I think I had like a passion tea which was very good. Very cool place to hang out, and talk politics, if that's your cup of tea.
It is wonderful to see an all vegetarian restaurant in the area, and even better that it's only a 10 minute drive from my house. I went to cafe manna with a decent size group and we had an awesome waiter who was more than happy to explain the menu items. The portions are of a pretty decent size, but for some of the items, maybe a bit pricey. The food tasted great, and definitely an "A-for effort" for being a completely vegetarian restaurant. It is nice to see an eco friendly restaurant so close to home.
Very, very clean restaurant. Have gone here multiple times with friends and family; both during the day for the buffet, and at night. Their falafel is the best falafel around the Milwaukee area. Their lunch buffet is fairly inexpensive, around $8, and goes from around 11-3. I would suggest going earlier for the buffet than later because the food does not get replaced towards 3pm and will get a little cold. Most of the food is fine a little colder, but the falafel does not taste good cold. Eating at Casablanca at night is a bit more pricey and you can't choose everything because your entree alone is around $10.
Cannot really trust what is in the food. The menu is pretty unclear, "vegetable" means absolutely nothing, and there is no clear "vegetarian/ vegan" descriptions. The employees are not very patient, more or less because it is difficult to communicate with them. Also, a dirty restaurant who has failed health inspections twice.
Very cool independent pizza shop on the southside of Milwaukee. I always get the Mediterranean mini-pie with the veg sausage. Staff has always been awesome. I have gone here so many times, and each time I look forward to coming back. It is very rare that my parents and I have a restaurant we agree upon, and this is one of them. I find it entertaining that in the same building there is a work out facility. I think they are trying to tell us something.
Very convenient location on the East side. Have taken my cousin here once and he claims it is his favorite restaurant. I agree that the food is very, very good. Southernish food in a hip restaurant should make for a good time. I have never run into the restaurant not having the food I wanted. The downfalls with Comet is that is gets so packed during the evening that you are sure to wait 30+ minutes just to have a table. And even if the restaurant is not busy, service sort of blows. You will be clearly done eating and wait over ten minutes just for your server to bring you the bill. If you are going to Comet, go on a Sunday mid afternoon if you do not want to sit in an over crowded restaurant waiting for food.
I have been going to East Side Ovens for well over 4 years. I love that bakery so much, they have always been wonderful. Great bakery items, even though it can be a bit sweet. Their peanut butter chocolate chip cookies are delicious, as are their sugar cookies that are made to match the upcoming holiday. (ex: valentines day hearts, st patricks day shamrocks, mittens for the winter, etc..) Their brownies are nice and thick, their muffins and scones are "ok"... but praise their banana cake. That cake is amazing, superb, godlike, delicious, best cake for sale in Milwaukee. They also distribute to some stores in the Milwaukee/ Madison area. ESO is loved.
Eating with your hands is so much fun, and in public, better yet! The food here is very delicious, and the perfect amount of spice, in the small restaurant. The restaurant offers tons of injera if you eat in, which I would not understand why you wouldn't want to eat in! The staff are so friendly, and it's very touching to have someone of a different culture want to introduce you to their culture. The restaurant is also very clean and passed their last health inspection with flying colors. I love this place!
Flattop chain= not bad. Pretty good actually. Waiter being rude on top of spilling water all over you on top of pouring water from your cup back into the pitcher of water because of slightly over pouring on top of forgetting to add the tofu to the bowl and manager trying to correct it by serving us COLD FLAVORLESS tofu on top of forgetting the bread on top of being noticeably frustrated when sending him back with the bill to add student discounts= Wauwatosa flattop you suck. the end. No apologies from the manager or the server. He's lucky he got an 8% tip. I've been to a Flattop in Madison and have had a much better experience as well as in Chicago.
For the amount of food you get, over priced. The food is not very good and I did not find the atmosphere to be that welcoming. My 9 year old brother could make better food blindfolded.
The Health Hut always has delicious produce. As in their name, Health Hut is very health oriented. Shopping at the Health Hut makes you feel like a hippy, which is not a bad feeling as all. I just wish they would expand their soy yogurt selection. Overall, very cool place.
Went there and had their special vegan pasty of the day which was a dragon bean, vegan cream cheese, and turnip? pasty. It was quite filling but I think it was a bit too rich tasting and heavy for my liking, and lacking flavor. The service was ridiculously slow and we were 1 of maybe 4 tables. Not very many vegan options unless you're there for only dessert which the majority of desserts are vegan. I'd so much rather eat at Comet and get better food yet the same cupcakes you can get at Honeypie. Or just eat at Classic Slice in Bayview instead.
Not a great place to go if you're not a fan of tons of onions and vegetable oil. Since I am not the biggest fan of Mexican food in general, I do find la Fuente's the most tolerable of them all. Their salsa is delicious, their chips are good. I usually get a vegetarian burrito with black beans and no onions. The rice is pretty much flavorless, so eating it with hot sauce is much needed.
Their tomato salsa is good, other than that, not my favorite restaurant to go for Mexican food. It is way too easy for minors to be served alcohol which makes me believe the restaurant is a bit sketch. Last time I went there my appetizer was a mango salsa, which was gross. From what I hear, their margaritas are very inconsistent. Not my idea of a good dining experience will be had at la perla.
I absolutely admire the Milwaukee Public Market. I miss that the little store that sold bulk foods is gone and was replaced by a wine store. Boo for wine. I love that there is a vender that sells fresh juice and has a fresh salad bar. You can also get fresh bread, and hummus, in the same building! Also, El Rey's distributes at the Milwaukee public market so you can get the awesome el rey's verde salsa and chips. Ok, so maybe Milwaukee Public Market is a bit carb friendly, but hey, good harvest opened up across the street if you are looking to expand your grocery shopping :D. Another cool thing about Milwaukee Public Market is that you can sit down on the upper level while looking down into the Market. Also a fairly decent view of downtown Milwaukee is to be had by looking out the windows.
Their mock -chicken was very dry and gross. Also, the mock chicken had a very distinct and unpleasant after taste. I would pick No 1 chinese restaurant over the others in the area, but I would also rather not eat chinese food.
Their smoothies are so good. In fact, I would be more impressed with the outpost cafe if all they sold were beverages and baked goods. Their food is nothing too extraordinary, but is generally pretty good and healthy. I am very pleased with how clean outpost is and that they are always open to suggestions.
Last time I ordered pizza from this place they messed up the pizza. We had them deliver a new one, they messed it up, again. They did not make a different mistake, they made the SAME mistake. Food is not very good, it is a nice atmosphere and cool that they are open late. They serve chocolate shop ice cream, but none of it vegan. Kind of saddening. Overall, pizza shuttle is a waste of time and money.
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.
Not a fan of the atmosphere. This place is dominated by the "regulars". Very smokey. Would rather hit up Alterra any day.
So the UWM students receive a 15% discount is somewhat false. Apparently the 15% off applies to anything but sandwiches. So you can't get a falafel sandwich to go and expect a discount which is a bummer. The price is pretty good for the amount of food you get though. Their falafel is decent, but not as good as Casablanca's or Abu's. Also, I think the restaurant could be run better if a little effort is put in. I did not like seeing the "boss" yell at one of her employees in front of me. The location is a nice walk from the UWM campus, convenient on a nice day for UWM students if they have a lengthy break.
The food is pretty good. The owners are knowledgeable about public transit. They were really friendly. Transfer is located a few miles south of Classic Slice which I would rather go to. It is nice to see some competitiveness for best vegan pizza though! Both transfer and classic slice are great options to get good vegan pizza.
Vegan Essentials is incredible. It is definitely a great place to order from as a consumer. Being so closely related to me, I would prefer to order online, and just pick up my order in person which they have no problem doing. I am very proud of the dedicated owners who are legitimately passionate about their "small" business. VEGESS is so important to vegans all over the country, and i feel fortunate to have it in my backyard.
Few awesome things about whole foods in Milwaukee:
The chefs are talented and make pretty much anything taste good. Their sweet and sour tofu is awesome!
Another thing I love is that they sell desserts from the Chicago Diner!
And the other thing I love is they always have non dairy chocolate chips in bulk.
And they have never had problems with people taking their backpacks into the store, being convenient for the average college student.