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Milwaukee Abounds with Vegetarian Options

Apr 01, 2022 12:00AM ● By Natural Awakenings Milwaukee
The Brew Town might be known for brats and cheese, but a demand for vegetarian and vegan food has a firm hold on Milwaukee. Here’s a guide to some restaurants in the area that include vegetarian, vegan and plant-based options:

Beans & Barley
1901 E. North Ave., Milwaukee
Beans & Barley began as a small health food store in 1973 and has become a go-to for healthy vegetarian/vegan appetizers, soups, sandwiches and entrées.

Beerline Café
2076 N. Commerce St., Milwaukee
Located near the Beerline Trail that runs along the Milwaukee River, this casual vegetarian restaurant specializes in sweet and savory crêpe creations, panini sandwiches, soups, salads and smoothies.

Bombay Sweets
3401 S. 13th St., Milwaukee
This family-owned restaurant offers all-vegetarian Indian cuisine and sweets.

Café Manna
3815 N. Brookfield Rd., Brookfield
This 100 percent vegetarian restaurant also has raw food and gluten-free options.

Dead Bird Brewing
1726 N. 5th St., Milwaukee
Rest assured that no birds are harmed during the making of their beer and food. Craft beers are made with local vegan ingredients. The menu features vegan, pub-style appetizers and entrées.

The Lafayette Place
1978 N. Farwell Ave., Milwaukee
This new vegan brunch restaurant has savory entrées, smoothies and libations.

On the Bus (inside Milwaukee Public Market)
400 N. Water St., Milwaukee
An all-vegan, quick-service restaurant serving eats from a 1971 Volkswagen Bus.

Riverwest Co-op Grocery & Café
733 E. Clarke St., Milwaukee
This natural food store and café features vegetarian and vegan fare made with the co-op’s local, organic ingredients.

Slow Pokes Local Food
1229 12th Ave., Grafton
This shop specializes in coconut milk kefir in a variety of flavors.

Stack’d Burger Bar
170 S. First St., Milwaukee
Stack’d has added an array of vegan proteins, such as the Impossible Burger, and vegetarian sides to its menu.

Strange Town
2101 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee
This East Side restaurant and caterer offers globally inspired, plant-based cuisine and natural wines.

Twisted Plants
4905 S. Packard Ave., Cudahy
Twisted Plants puts vegan twists on comfort foods, featuring 100-percent plant-based burgers, fries, sandwiches and vegan ice cream from Scratch Ice Cream.

Urban Beets Café & Juicery
3077 N. Mayfair Rd., Wauwatosa
Urban Beets serves fresh raw juice, smoothies, acai bowls and a variety of prepared salads and gluten-free vegan fare.