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Perennial winner Comet Cafe prevailed again this year in the minds of OnMilwaukee readers.

Milwaukee's best cafe / diner, 2017

Season's eatings! The weather may be getting colder, but Dining Month on OnMilwaukee is just cooking up, dishing out your winning picks in this year's Best of Dining poll. Dining Month is brought to you by Fein Brothers, your premier food service equipment and supply dealer in Wisconsin since 1929. Congratulations to all of the winners, and happy eating for all those who voted!

Comet Cafe

Once again, readers chose this cozy, comfort-food spot on the East Side as their favorite cafe. Comet is a casual diner and bar that serves up a good menu – featuring seasonal, mostly local products, with a nice mix of meaty and veggie dishes – and a fun atmosphere from its popular Farwell Avenue location.

Best of all, every Sunday night is Bacon Night – as in free baskets of bacon. Just take a minute to let the splendor of those words sink in.

Runners up:
2. The National Cafe
3. Cafe at the Plaza
4. Miss Molly's Cafe & Pastry Shop
5. Fuel Cafe on 5th

OnMilwaukee editors' pick: Pleasant Kafe

Lori Fredrich's pick: The National Cafe

This is a repeat pick on my list of top spots. And it's as much about the friendly, neighborly vibe in the cafe as it is about the menu, which chef and owner Nell Benton has smattered with some of her favorite international flavors. I love heading there in the early afternoon after the lunch crowd has cleared. I'll sit and work while enjoying a great breakfast dish (such as the Full English) or a sandwich like the turkey, bacon and brie panini, which comes with a touch of sweetness from the cranberry orange relish. And on a cold, blustery day, there's nothing better than a bowl of the silky tonkotsu ramen.


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