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2017 Readers’ Choice Awards: Vegetarian

Your top 3 picks, including an ousting from last year’s meatless milieu

Our town’s newer meat-free options have not kicked mainstream Beans & Barley (1901 E. North Ave.) out of its dominant spot here, followed, as in 2016, by Brookfield’s Café Manna, which takes a serious approach to vegan and raw cuisines (3815 N. Brookfield Rd.).

The third-place finisher is the surprise here, Beerline Cafe (2076 N. Commerce St.), whose breezy, living-walled space and crepes and cromelettes ousted Urban Beets from its 2016 position. Lest the top three get complacent, Urban Beets is debuting a second dining room and expanded menu of hot items this summer, so expect it to be a contender in 2018.

  1. Beans & Barley (1901 E. North Ave.)
  2. Café Manna (3815 N. Brookfield Rd.)
  3. Beerline Cafe (2076 N. Commerce St.)

2017 Readers' Choice Awards


2017 Readers’ Choice Awards

Our readers said what? Our annual dining survey is at its revealing best. You’ll want to know the results!



‘2017 Readers’ Choice Awards’ appears in the September 2017 issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

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Ann Christenson has covered dining for Milwaukee Magazine since 1997. She was raised on a diet of casseroles that started with a pound of ground beef and a can of Campbell's soup. Feel free to share any casserole recipes with her.