For the 10th straight year, October is Dining Month on OnMilwaukee, presented by the restaurants of Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. All month, we're stuffed with restaurant reviews, dining guides, delectable features, chef profiles and unique articles on everything food, as well as voting for your "Best of Dining 2016."
Despite a growing amount of competition in the meat-less arena, the votes spoke loudly and clearly in 2016. Beans & Barley, a perennial favorite among our OnMilwaukee readers, took the top spot in the best vegetarian restaurant category.
This east side favorite, which helped to blaze a trail for vegetarian dining in Milwaukee, has served up a consistently delicious array of veggie-based favorites for more than three decades. From its signature burritos – which can also be made dairy-free – to sandwiches like the tempeh reuben and year-round bowls of chili, there are plenty of vegetarian choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Lori Fredrich's pick: Wolf Peach
Although I'm not a vegetarian, one of my chief criteria in judging the chops of any chef is their treatment of vegetables. Are their vegetarian or vegan dishes just as good as the meat entrees? They should be. And such is the case at Wolf Peach, a place that offers a bevvy of great vegetable dishes, including pizzas, pastas and side dishes that are both artful and generous. I've eaten my share of amazing vegetarian fare there this year, including an amazing vegan roasted mushroom pizza that simply blew me away.
This year we also asked a variety of prominent Milwaukeeans to weigh in on their pick for specific categories. For this category, we consulted Jon Schroder, artist and owner of Cobalt Glassworks on the East Side.
Schroder's pick: Anmol
It can be hard, even these days, to find a great restaurant that offers really good, satisfying meals for a vegetarian. My personal pet peeve is when I go to a place that gives me only a few options, or maybe no choice at all.
Anmol is where it's at. So many great dishes, it's hard not to just order everything. The variety and complexity of flavors is astounding. It's the place I day dream about, when I'm eating lunch at my desk, I'm hooked. And yes, lots of meat options for everyone else.