Traditionally, Milwaukee has been a meat-and-potatoes town, but with roughly 40 percent of North Americans trying to include more vegan foods in their diets, this is changing. These days, Milwaukeeans are just as likely to find a great tempeh Reuben as they are a rib-eye steak.
Here is a list of vegan – also known as plant-based – restaurants that have an entirely or primarily meat-and-dairy-free menu.
Beans is the OG of eateries with plant-based food items including vegan sandwiches, fajitas, burritos, smoothies and a particularly excellent array of desserts.
Beerline Cafe is a casual spot with vegan crepes, paninis, soups, salads, smoothies, bakery items and more.
This South Side Indian restaurant is 100 percent vegetarian, with many vegan entrees, snacks and sweets – just ask.
Located in the Milwaukee Public Market, the Green Kitchen offers vegan, custom-made salads, sandwiches, wraps and juices.
Greenhouse is inside The 3rd Street Market Hall and serves vegan salads and sandwiches either from a menu or build-your-own.
Lafayette Place offers an entirely plant-based menu along with coffee and brunch drinks, smoothies and more.
The National offers made-from-scratch, locally sourced and organic breakfast and lunch foods. Plant-based options are plentiful, including the vegan chorizo Joe, ultimate vegan breakfast sandwich and more.
On The Bus is an all-vegan, quick service restaurant located inside the Milwaukee Public Market. Just look for the ’71 Volkswagen bus.
OnMilwaukee’s Lori Fredrich said it best, "Vegan or not, it’s worth your while to spend some time with the menu at Strange Town where an eclectic collection of vinyl sets the stage for an evening of nibbling.” Vegan pasta specials every Thursday!
Tricklebee has a rotating menu with many vegan items and pay-what-you-can prices. It’s located in the Washington Park neighborhood.
Twisted Plants has two locations, Brady Street and Cudahy, and offers an entirely plant-based menu specializing in plant-based burgers, sandwiches and sides.
Urban Beets offers rotating entrees and drinks made from whole, unprocessed foods with many vegan options.
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