The East Side Just Got a New Vegan Restaurant

The Lafayette Place is Milwaukee’s newest plant-based restaurant.

Jonesing for a new spot for plant-based cuisine? The Lafayette Place (1978 N. Farwell Ave.) just made things official this week. The breakfast/lunch spot is open Thursday-Sunday 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. This is the corner spot formerly occupied by Celesta and Abu’s Jerusalem of the Gold

Owners Angie Wierzbinski and Amy Calteaux also operate The National Cafe on Eighth and National. The duo spent a few months freshening up the interior of their new business and getting the place ready for prime time. The brunchy side of the menu includes options like a house-made vegan chorizo burrito, avocado toast on Rocket Baby Bakery sourdough, “cheesy” hash, a vegan breakfast sammie (the popular item is served at The National), Ruby’s bagel sandwich (Impossible sausage, tofu scramble and more on a bagel made by local maker Ruby’s), and full English breakfast featuring tofu scramble, house potatoes, baked beans and more ($10-$13).

The lunch menu ranges from a portobello banh mi sandwich to the Southern po’ boy with Cajun-fried tofu to the chorizo Joe, with house-made chipotle BBQ vegan chorizo ($6-$11.50). On the liquid side, the selection includes five smoothies (banana chai, blueberry muffin), coffee drinks and boozy libations such as a bloody mary, mimosas and a brunch old fashioned.





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.