Vegetarian Journal's Guide to Natural Foods Restaurants in the U.S. and Canada
§ Reviewer's choice
3815 N. Brookfield Rd., Brookfield, WI 53045
Vegetarian/organic. Café Manna serves vegetarian and vegan fare in suburban Brookfield, just outside Milwaukee. The menu notes which items are raw, gluten-free, and/or vegan. Try the Spiced Tempeh & Glazed Soba Noodles or the Peace Bowl with Curried Cashew Crunch. Warm up with their signature soup, Lentil with Tofu Cilantro Sour Cream. They support the environment by buying local & organic ingredients, utilizing eco-friendly building materials, using biodegradable take-out containers, and employing a reverse osmosis water purification system. "Fresh Yummy Food" is their slogan and that is exactly what you will find at Café Manna.
112 S. Broadway St., Green Bay, WI 45303
Vegetarian/coffeehouse/natural foods. Kavarna is a great place to stop in for cup of joe or light vegetarian fare. Vegan options are noted on the menu and many non-vegan items can be made so; just ask! Their soups are made from scratch and change with the seasons, but they always serve the popular Gypsy Vegetable Soup (vegan & gluten-free). Free wireless Internet service is also available.
163 N. Broadway, Green Bay, WI 54303
Deli/organic/juice bar. The Urban Frog is a deli and juice bar with vegetarian and vegan selections (noted as such on the menu). Try items like the Kale Salad or Sweet Potato Wrap. They use local and/or organic food sources as much as possible. They are very environmentally-conscious; they compost all vegetable waste from the restaurant at their farm and they recycle and use eco-friendly packaging whenever they can. Outdoor seating is available in warmer seasons.
315 5th Ave., S., La Crosse, WI 54601
Natural foods store/deli/bakery. The People's Food Co-op is a natural foods store with a deli and bakery. They feature organically-grown, local produce and a wide variety of vegetarian and vegan options. The store offers bulk foods, wellness products, homemade soups, baked goods, boxed lunches to-go, daily specials, and more! Become a member of the co-op and receive monthly discounts, support local farmers, entitle yourself to voting privileges, and get patronage rebates.
115 4th St. S., La Crosse, WI 54601
Vegetarian/organic. The Root Note specializes in local and organic foods. Their all-vegetarian menu includes vegan and gluten-free options. They feature local and regional artwork displayed on their walls as well as live music several nights a week.
2425 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704
Italian/Mediterranean. Bunky's Café is an eclectic restaurant serving creative menu items including vegetarian and vegan entrées and desserts. Try the Okra Delight or Mediterranean Eggplant. The staff is friendly and helpful. The décor is quirky with a wall of mirrors and Boy Scout memorabilia; even the bathroom is a must-see with its very unusual, extensive collection of decorative items. Bunky's is close to Elmside Circle Park. Please note that there is very limited parking so it's best to go off-hours or park on the street and walk a bit. The restaurant is closed on weekdays between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.
318 State St., Madison, WI 53705
Nepalese. Authentic Nepalese cuisine is featured on a menu divided into vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. Vegetarian entrées include various vegetable stews and dumplings. Outdoor seating available.
2089 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704
American. Step into the past at this 1950s art-deco diner featuring big band music. Although they have the usual diner staples, you'll have no trouble finding a vegetarian meal. Choose from several vegetarian sandwiches, including an artichoke sandwich, a grilled eggplant sandwich, and a black bean burger. Ask about the daily vegetarian dinner special.
1101 Williamson St., Madison, WI 53703
Vegetarian/coffeehouse. Mother Fool's Coffeehouse, whose mission is to support the community that supports them, offers organic coffee, vegan treats, a relaxed atmosphere, art work, and live music.
638 State St., Madison, WI 53703
International. Several international vegetarian dishes and gourmet desserts are available at this European-style café and art gallery. The Sunroom Café is located on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.
1970 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704
Vegetarian/American. The Green Owl Café serves vegetarian versions of your favorite comfort foods. Vegan options are noted on the menu with a green owl and include Schnitzel, Jambalaya, BBQ Jackfruit Sandwich, and Crabby Cake Po'Boy. "Vegetarian Cuisine for People Who Love Food" is their slogan; just one bite and you'll see why! The Green Owl is located at Schenk’s Corners -- just look for the owl.
1221 Williamson St., Madison, WI 53703
Natural foods store/deli/juice bar. Willy Street Co-op is a natural foods store with a hot food bar, deli, salad bar, prepared foods, fresh produce, juice bar, and vegan desserts. A different variety of food is available every day, with plenty of vegetarian and vegan options. There is some seating available if you want to eat in. The co-op is also devoted to teaching the community about healthy and sustainable food and provides classes and tours of the store.
603 S. Broadway St., Menomonie, WI 54751
Vegetarian/raw foods/organic. The Raw Deal is a cozy vegetarian café that would be vegan if not for honey in some of the muffins. Organic and locally-grown food is used as much as possible. Bakery items are whole grain and sweetened with maple sugar (no refined sugar or grain). As their slogan says, "Eat Real."
1834 Parmenter St., Middleton, WI 53562
Vegetarian/bakery. Bloom Bake Shop is a great place to go for sweets made with locally-sourced ingredients. They offer many vegan selections including 'Be a Monkey' (banana cupcake made with real bananas and dark chocolate chips) and Peanut Butter Cookies ("just like grandma used to make...if grandma was a vegan"). Make sure to check out their seasonal vegan offerings, too. Bloom is located in the DuFrenne building in the heart of downtown Middleton.
6825 University Ave., Middleton, WI 53562
Natural foods store/deli/juice bar. See description under Willy Street Co-op East in Madison, WI.
1901 E. North Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53202
Natural foods. Vegetarian, Mexican, and Middle Eastern specialities, including homemade soups, salads, sandwiches, burritos, and stir-fries, are served. All foods are prepared using the freshest ingredients possible.
3401 S. 13th St., Milwaukee, WI 53215
Vegetarian/Indian. Tucked away in southern Milwaukee, Bombay Sweets is all-vegetarian and features Indian, Pakistani, and Bengali cuisines. Try sampling two or three dishes from their extensive (and inexpensive) menu of vegetarian appetizers, platters, breads, rice, and dessert. The prices here can't be beat!
728 E. Brady St., Milwaukee, WI 53202
Middle Eastern. When the chef has over 30 years of experience, you know you are in good hands. Everything is made form scratch at Casablanca. Try the Casablanca Combination which includes hummus, baba ghanouj, spinach pie, tabbouleh, and falafel. Don't miss the vegetarian lunch buffet served every weekday and Saturday; it includes many vegan dishes. And if you aren't convinced yet, come for the belly dancing (every other Friday).
1947 N. Farwell Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53202
Natural foods/American. The Comet Café's menu has many vegetarian and vegan options. They offer a long list of unusual sandwiches, soups, salads, and specialty drinks.
2826 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53207
100 E. Capitol Dr., Milwaukee, WI 53212
7000 W. State St., Milwaukee, WI 53213
Natural foods store/café/juice bar. Outpost Natural Foods is a natural foods store with a juice bar and veg-friendly café. Fork in the Road Café offers vegan sandwiches such as Joey’s Fabulous Tofu Steak, Falafel, and Veggie Stack. Their homemade soups change daily but are quite often vegan, and Mama’s Veggie Chili is served everyday! Outpost offers options for the vegan who feels trapped in the state of cheese! The location on Kinnickinnic Avenue is just south of California Street in Bay View. The location on Capitol Drive is on the corner of 1st & Capitol. The location on State Street is on the corner of 70th & State in Wauwatosa.
733 E. Clarke St., Milwaukee, WI 53212
Vegetarian/natural foods/organic. The Riverwest Co-op Café is a vegetarian café attached to the Riverwest Co-op. Enjoy items like Vegan French Toast, Tempeh Reuben, Phamous Philly (made with seitan), or Chix Fried Tofu. They use organic and locally-produced ingredients whenever possible and bake vegan breads and sweets daily. The café has its own entrance or can be reached through the store. Outdoor seating is available in good weather. Please note that the co-op is open to the public, and while not all-veg like the café, offers many vegetarian & vegan items.
181 N. Broadway, Milwaukee, WI 53202
Vegetarian/teahouse/café. Verduras Tea House & Café serves vegetarian and vegan soups, salads, and sandwiches. Try the Gypsy Vegetable Soup, Spinach & Grapefruit Salad, or Almond Butter & Banana Sandwich. Check the board for daily specials. Verduras offers a wide variety of teas; so relax and enjoy a cup. They are located in the historic Third Ward.
23 Commerce St., Mineral Point, WI 53565
Brewpub. Located in a restored 1854 limestone warehouse building, this microbrewery and bed and breakfast offers limited but very high quality vegetarian fare, such as the "MLT" (mushroom, lettuce, and tomato sandwich), the Walnut Burger, Pesto Pasta, and more.
137 S. Albany St., Spring Green, WI 53588
Natural foods. Located in a cheese warehouse by the Wisconsin River, Spring Green features a menu that changes daily and includes Mexican, Indian, and Italian specialties. Some regular favorites include West African Sweet Potato Soup, Pea-Potato Curry with Lime Rice and Raita, and Vegetable Stir-Fry with Hot Peanut Sauce. Most of the produce used in the summer is grown locally.
521 Wisconsin Dells Pkwy. S, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
Vegan/international. The Cheese Factory combines the comfort of the jukebox and soda fountain generation, the taste of international cuisine, the humanity of veganism, and the joy of music and dance. This quaint eatery has meals fit for all, from traditional American breakfasts (minus the meat, of course), to exotic curries and stir-fries. Enjoy live entertainment too.