Metro Milwaukee Dining Guide
2211 N Prospect Ave., 273-3753
1701 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive, 223-4551
170 S. First St., 765-9873
777 E. Wisconsin Ave.
(at U.S. Bank), 225-8970
Mayfair Mall, 453-9202
Bayshore Town Center, 967-5754
2999 N. Humboldt Blvd.,
Since 1994, Alterra has been busy brewing notable coffee in Milwaukee. Serving coffees, smoothies and signature drinks, Alterra’s rustic interior makes it a perfect place to curl up with a paper and a cup of joe. A mix of herbal teas, such as the mint-infused Dragon’s Breath, completes Alterra’s drink list. Expect efficient, friendly service. (J.D.) $ CC: MC, VS, DS. OD. Handicap access.
Anodyne Coffee Roasters
1208 E. Brady St., 276-2739
2924 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.,
Famous for its in-house roasted coffee, Anodyne (formerly Brewed Awakenings) also offers a sweet selection of homemade pastries. Thick sliced zucchini bread is a house favorite. A full lunch and dinner menu includes fresh sandwiches, wraps and burritos. Enjoy plenty of reading material and the funky-deco bathrooms. (J.D.) $. CC: All major. Handicap access.
189 N. Milwaukee St.
Coffee of all kinds, tea and cider, bakery and sundaes, sandwiches and salads: Bella Cafe has many of the usual coffee house flavors. It’s also one of Milwaukee’s most attractive coffee shops. Bella’s high-fashion tables, chairs and comfortable seating areas, and its futuristic lighting fixtures are retro futurism at its finest, a gem of urban design. (D.L.) $. CC: MC, VS. AmEx. 273-5620
901 E. Clarke St.
With bohemian Riverwest ambiance, Bremen Café serves a menu of hot and cold sandwiches with many unusual touches. Most nights of the week feature comedy, live music, open mics and other special activities. (D.L.) $. CC: All major. FB, OD. 431-1932
Broadway Bakery and Café
241 N. Broadway
Broadway Bistro has changed its name and scaled back. Now called Broadway Bakery and Café, it remains a popular spot in the Third Ward for coffee, a Danish or a quick bite to eat. The counter service menu still offers a good variety of deli sandwiches, salads, soups and even quesadillas. (D.L.) $-SS. CC: All major. FF, OD. 431-2880
818 E. Center St.
Try a classic cheesy tomato sandwich or coffee speedball. Extra-strong coffee drinks and a casual atmosphere keep customers lingering until midnight. Expect plenty edgy music. (J.D.) $. CC: VS, MC, AmEx. Handicap access. 374-3835
2640 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
Retro meets kitsch at this south side cafe and coffee bar. Catch the Starlight, a cool blend of espresso, mint and ice cream, or a fresh fruit smoothie whipped from strawberries and blueberries. Serves a full vegetarian menu, including homemade soups, falafel sandwiches, hummus plates and spinach salads. Breakfast specials offered on weekends. Carry-outs available. (J.D.) $. CC: MC, VS. Handicap access. 486-0504
Last Drop Coffee
and Sandwich Shoppe
3801 N. Oakland Ave.
The paintings and photographs by local students add to an energetic yet peaceful atmosphere with comfortable couches along with tables bar-style seating. Food includes scones, bagels, muffins, a daily soup special and petite sandwiches you can design yourself. (H.J.) $. CC: VS, MC, AmEx. Handicap access. 967-9911
Rochambo Coffee & Tea House
1317 E. Brady St.
With its Euro-bohemian atmosphere and unique collection of art posters from the 1960s and ’70s, Rochambo’s ambiance stands out among local coffee shops. A recently added mezzanine serves as the smoking section. Wine and a small sandwich menu round out the list of coffee and tea. (D.L.) $. CC: MC, VS. 291-0095
4924 W. Roosevelt Drive
This gas station turned kosher coffee shop serves a variety of caffeinated beverages as well as smoothies, sodas, and juices. If it is more than just hydration that you seek, Sherman Perk also offers a selection of bakery items. And don’t forget the entertainment! Featured performances typically include poets, bands, and individual musicians on a semi-regular basis. Once a month, clientele are treated to karaoke as well as a change in the artist whose work is on display to keep the décor fresh. (K.N.) $. CC: Not accepted. 875-7375
Stone Creek Coffee
601 E. Silver Spring Drive,
4106 N. Oakland Ave., 964-1608
8340 W. Bluemound Rd.,
Shops of Grand Avenue, 2nd Street skywalk, 298-9965
2266 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.,
2644 Hillside Drive, Delafield,
6969 N. Port Washington Road, 228-8699
1043 E. Summit Ave., Oconomowoc, (262) 569-7375
8340 W. Bluemound Road,
Socially responsible fair trade coffee meets tasty, fresh-baked scones, croissants, pastries and more from City Market. No hassle free Wi-Fi is the proverbial cherry on top. With eight locations, there’s bound to be a Stone Creek Coffee in your neighborhood, offering a genial environment in which to sip lattes and surf the net. (A.M.) $. CC: VS, MC. Handicap access.
2699 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
Sven’s has done Herculean work to make the interior resemble an Amsterdam cafe, complete with long benches, wooden furniture and a nook with fireplace. Along with an array of tea and coffee drinks, and scrumptious bakery, Sven’s offers a hearty sandwich-salad menu with such Euro-inspired options as the Bastille (turkey sandwich), the Autobahn (ham), the Parthenon (Greek salad) and the Coliseum (Caesar). Opens early for breakfast. (D.L.) $. CC: MC, VS. 483-2233