Why You Need to Stop at Mekong Café

Trust us, this market will be a new favorite.

This story is part of our OUT OF ASIA feature. Click HERE to read more from our deep dive into Milwaukee’s Asian dining scene.


Put your foot on the brake as you’re nearing 59th and North. There’s a savory stop you need to make, at Mekong Café (5930 W. North Ave., 414-257-2228).

The 13-year-old Southeast Asian restaurant has widened its focus to include a marketplace carrying condiments, sauces, rice, dried goods and grab-and-go items. While the dining room was converted into the new retail area, delivery and carryout menu items are still available.

And about that menu – of Thai, Lao and Vietnamese specialties – there’s now a section of a dozen kinds of house-made bánh mi. And Mekong’s juice bar offers boba teas and shakes, Vietnamese coffee, Thai iced tea and more.


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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.