In my never ending quest to track down the best late night eats in MKE, here it is… the Top 5 List of the best vegan food found after dark in Cream City. These five places never cease to amaze, always satisfying that craving well into the night. Coming in at Number 5...
5) Classic Slice
Classic Slice is a staple of the Bay View neighborhood. With its delicious massive sized slices, you can pop in for one or take a whole pie to go. Available with a house made cheeze, or a more traditional Daiya vegan cheese--build your own and satisfy that pizza urge down on KK Ave. Top faves include the Vegan Pesto Pie, The Vegan MKE, and if you want to share a side, try the amazing ‘Modern Love” salad--one of the best in the city. They often have vegan desserts too. Can’t go wrong with Classic Slice!
4) Ian’s Pizza
Let’s keep rolling with the pizza, shall we? Ian’s edges in at number 4 due to locations available (East Side and Downtown) and tons of vegan topping options to choose from. Create your own or grab one of their crazy pre-made slice inventions available anytime of the day or night. How can you go wrong when you have that amazing crust, house-made vegan ranch, and vegan sausage, chick'n and pepperoni to choose from. Go with the Hurley, Smokey the Bandit or Philly cheezesteak--and you won’t be disappointed. Be sure not to forget the breadsticks too--so good!
3) Burger Moto
The Food Truck formerly known as Gypsy Burger is located on the patio of Rogues Gallery--open after 5 pm Friday and Saturday late night. Check their info for details on other hours. Burger Moto makes the list due to their amazing work with The Impossible Burger. Taking you right back to the good old days of a burger shack style, greasy spoon, big enough for two hands, getting-your-face-dirty-type burger--you will not be disappointed. For those Impossible Burger lovers out there looking for the best--this should floor you. They are currently in the works of creating other vegan options, but this burger alone makes Burger Moto a top contender. (Ask for vegan #6 toppings which include vegan aioli and cheeze too!)
2) Comet Cafe
OK- let’s be realistic. If you’re vegan and have never been to Comet, drop what you’re doing and get down there. Seriously, now. A pinnacle of vegan culinary creations, Comet has been around for years and gets better with each one. With so much to choose from, the must haves include the Vegan Deep Fried Ribs, The Big Boss Burger, The French Dunk, The Reuben and that Vegan Mac (I’d recommend adding giardiniera for a kick). They also offer vegan cupcakes and pie! Now, if only they could make a vegan version of their classic Buttafuoco…(ahem, hint, hint). Food is served until midnight every night. Go kick back and relax at Comet--it can get busy, but always worth the wait!
And finally, coming in at the Number 1 spot for best Vegan late night eats, is….
A must visit for any vegan late night cravings--especially after a few rounds across the city. Vanguard is a well-known Bourbon, Whiskey and Sausage Bar. With a whole entirely separate vegan menu, most everything will blow your mind. From vegan buffalo poutine and chili cheeze fries to the burnt ginger tofu appetizers, vegan house-made chorizo and Italian sausages with specialty toppings and an amazing house-made "dirty burger," Vanguard’s creations are something to celebrate. Not every place can pull it off like Vanguard does and they do it consistently time and time again. Get fantastic late night vegan comfort food in the heart of Bay View!
Obviously, there are other places in Milwaukee with late night vegan food, but these are the best in my modest opinion. In the meantime, here’s a full list of restaurants serving vegan food after 10pm to help fuel your late night activities.
So, to all you vegan late nighters out there: Get to eatin’--there’s plenty to go around!
Ricky of VeganMilwaukee.com
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Milwaukee's first Veg Speed Date event is on March 17th at Strange Town!
Address: 2101 N. Prospect Ave. Milwaukee, WI
Date: Saturday March 17,2018
Time: 3:00 - 5:00pm
Pairing: This event is heterosexual (male/female), but there may be events for other pairings in the future
Cost: $29.99 until March 14th (price goes up to $34.99 afterwards)
Discount: Use code VM for 10% off registration
REGISTER HERE: https://findveglove.com/event/166201/
WIN A FREE TICKET: Enter their ticket giveaway here https://findveglove.com/march-2018-giveaway/
What to expect: You can find more on their website, but here's what they say,
"Once it begins, you’ll have five minutes to talk with each potential match and get to know them more. We’ve found that five minutes is the sweet spot – three minutes is just too short, and seven can feel like too much. And here’s something cool – despite your elevated pulse, there’s no rejection. Your “date” won’t know if you like them or not, and vice versa. Simply (and discreetly) check off their name on your match form if you’re interested. You can choose between either a ‘dating’ or ‘friendship’ match. Because the matching happens after the event, people don’t feel pressured to select or reject each other in person.
And get excited for the awesome intermission, when we give away fun door prizes from our vegan partners and sponsors!
Make sure you submitted your completed match form by midnight! Then, log back into your Speed Dater Portal after the submission deadline (or the next morning), and you’ll be able to see who wants to get to know you better. All your ‘dating’ and/or ‘friendship’ matches will be listed. After that, it’s your choice whether or not to pursue those matches."
UPDATE 2/19/17: The results are in! Here are your top 5 favorite vegan-friendly pizza places in Milwaukee!
1. Ian's Pizza
2. Classic Slice
4. Little DeMarini's
5. Roman Candle
What a great variety! Some vegans like Daiya cheese, some like Follow Your Heart and some like no cheese at all--we've got them all covered here. I was thrilled that I was able to list 9 vegan-friendly pizza places in Milwaukee, but I see several of you voted for "Other," so I'd love to hear your favorite places for pizza--share in the comments or on Facebook!
Thanks for participating in another enlightening poll, everyone!
Since I have access to a poll app for the website, I'm going to try running some polls to get your input on being vegan in the Milwaukee area. I love getting feedback and new ideas from everyone!
So, for our first poll, vote for your go-to grocery store for vegan-friendly food. Spread the word so we can get lots of input! I'll post the results here and on social media in one week!
UPDATE 2/12/2017: The results are in! Here are your favorites:
#2 Outpost Natural Foods
#3 Whole Foods
#4 Trader Joe's
#5 Tie between Riverwest Co-op and Fresh Thyme
It was great to get everyone's feedback--thanks to everyone who participated! I have only made it out to Woodman's a few times, but it seems like they have a big variety and really good prices--I'll have to make a point to check it out more often. I live near an Outpost Foods and I'm a member, so I shop there a lot, but love to take a trip to Fresh Thyme or Whole Foods once in awhile. For me, Trader Joe's is the best place to go for beer and wine (I love Green Fin wine--it's organic and only $4.99!). Here's a page with all the vegan wines from Trader Joe's. The Riverwest Co-op is a bit of a trek for me, but I LOVE their cafe so much, so whenever I can I try to make it out there for a meal and a little shopping too--they've got a nice selection of vegan cheeses, faux meats, veggies, ice cream and other frozen goods. I also like to pick up a lot of low-priced staples at Target since we shop there for other home goods. They've got great deals on Just Mayo products and canned goods like organic beans, pasta sauces, etc. We also have a Costco membership, and although the one I go to in New Berlin doesn't have a ton of vegan-specific items, they also have some great staples like canned items, sauces, spices, bread and noodles.
Thanks again, everyone...and watch for another poll coming really soon!
The Urban Ecology Center at Riverside Park is hosting its 13th annual Local Farmer Open House on Saturday March 7th from 11am-3pm. Get more details and a listing of all the local farmers at the event page on the Urban Ecology website.
Know your farmer. Know your food.
This event is your a once-a-year opportunity to talk with local farmers, hear about their growing practices, and learn about their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) subscription options. Sign up to get local deliveries of boxes of farm-fresh healthful produce and more.
Learn even more by participating in these free workshops:
Introduction to CSAs –11:30 am or 1:30 pm
Jamie Ferschinger, of the Urban Ecology Center, will explain how Community Agriculture (CSA) works.
Eating Healthy All Year--12:00 pm or 12:45 pm
Annie Wegner LeFort of the Mindful Palate, Cooking instructor & Master Food Preserver, will share ideas for finding and preparing fresh food all year round. She’ll talk about how to use the contents of a weekly CSA box to prepare quick healthy meals, shopping farmers markets, preserving and more.
Get additional details on the Event Posting on Facebook.
Check out this upcoming holiday event sponsored by Global Conservation Group, Citizens United for Animals and Farm Sanctuary!
Find all the information below on the Facebook event page or email them at the address below for more details:
Gene Baur, President of Farm Sanctuary will be giving a speech on animal advocacy.
Dr. Kevin Fullin, a cardiologist will also be giving a presentation on staying healthy during the holiday.
Jordan Turner, President of Global Conservation Group and Robin Cornell, President of Citizens United for Animals will also be in attendance.
Included with this holiday celebration will be delicious full-course plant-based (vegan/vegetarian) meals catered by the Hilton Garden Hotel Chefs.
Costs: (all profits go directly to animal rescue and advocacy programs)
$25 per person
$20 for students
$15 without meals
Payment can be made online here to indicate your RSVP http://www.globalconservationgroup.org/donate/ or mailed to Global Conservation Group: 808 Fieldcrest Ct. Watertown, Wisconsin 53094
RSVP by December 1, 2014. Questions? Post them on the Facebook event wall or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The annual Vegan Thanksgiving Potluck returns this year sponsored by Citizens United for Animals (CUFA) and Milwaukee Area Resources for Vegetarianism. This is a huge event with a wide variety of people all coming together to share in a peaceful vegan Thanksgiving feast.
The vegan "turkey," mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing and beverages will be provided at the event. Guests bring desserts, side dishes and salads.
Here are all the details to RSVP by November 19, 2014:
RSVP by PHONE - Call 414-517-8439 between 6-9PM. Then, mail payment and the registration form before November 18th.
COST - $6 for adults, $3 for children if you're bringing a dish. $12 for adults or $6 for children if you're not.
DATE - Saturday November 22, 2014
Time of Event - Arrive by 5:00pm, but you might want to arrive early because it's first come, first served.
LOCATION - Wil-O-Way Grant at 207 Lake Drive in South Milwaukee (see map below).
More details in the PDF shown below and you can download it right below the image (download file link). Please contact the number or address below for more info--they are the ones running the show! Also, if you'd like to volunteer to help at the event, please ask when you call to register!
On Sunday August 24th at 10am something amazing is going to happen--Holey Moley Coffee & Doughnuts is going to be holding a FREE vegan doughnut and coffee tasting at their newly opened location on Milwaukee Street!
RSVPs are capped at 50 people and samples will be available while supplies last, so be sure to RSVP and get there bright and early at 10am! Get all the details on the Meetup site.
Joe Sorge and the other awesome folks at Holey Moley want to get your input on what vegan flavors would be fun, so be sure to comment on the Meetup page or on Facebook or Twitter to make your voice heard!
There are so many great vegan snacks, treats and sweets available these days that it's hard to try them all. So, come join us at the Milwaukee Vegan Meetup on Saturday June 14th at 5pm to try a huge variety of delicious vegan treats! It'll be a casual meetup where you'll be able to snack at your own pace and mingle with others. The event will go until about 8pm, so you don't have to arrive right at 5pm, but make sure to check in when you get there. To cover the snacks, it's only a $5.46 charge--what a deal! Make sure to RSVP by Friday night at midnight!
We'll have something for everyone there--sweet, savory and healthy! Here are some of the items we have in store for you....
First, a selection of Larsen donuts--Bavarian Cream, Raspberry-filled and frosted rings. Larsen Bakery is located in Racine, but you can also order their donuts through VeganEssentials.com. You prep them at home in the oven and spread the frosting on yourself and you have delicious, fresh donuts on the spot! Also from Larsen we'll have vegan kringle--everyone from Wisconsin knows about kringle, but did you know you can pick these up at your local Outpost Foods? The vegan ones taste just like the original!
Earth Balance, famous for their buttery sticks, has been releasing all kinds of snacks lately. The cheddar squares are the latest, but they also have flavored potato chips, aged white cheddar puffs (kind of like a healthy Cheeto), and P.B. Popps, which are "popcorn cuddled in peanut butter and a bustle of oats"--trust me, these things are addictive.
We'll also have some Cedar's Hommus served with fresh baby carrots and Flamous Organic Falafel Chips--these are pretty amazing too.
If you don't make kale chips at home, Brad's Raw Cruncy Kale chips are the next best thing...and they come in different flavors if you're feeling adventurous. A friend of mine recently brought home some "dang" toasted coconut chips back from her trip to New York, along with a bunch of other snacks, but these were the winner. Outstanding. And...I happened to order the salted caramel variety from VeganEssentials...I can't wait.
You can find these next two snacks all over the city--Kettle brand Maple Bacon potato chips are vegan and they taste like breakfast! Find them at Outpost, Riverwest Coop, Whole Foods and some mainstream stores too. You know those cookies they serve on the plane called "Biscoff?" Well, imagine a bunch of those made into a spread...wow. This is a favorite of many of my friends and can be served on bread, crackers, chocolate or get crazy and spread it on a Biscoff cookie! You can find this at Target and I believe a bunch of other local stores--you may also see it under another brand, "Speculoos." (I know--weird name, but it tastes just as good!)
To drink, we'll have a variety of Santa Cruz organic lemonades--cherry (my absolute favorite), raspberry, mango, strawberry and more. You can find these at Outpost and Whole Foods and probably some other local stores too.
We were lucky enough to find a vegan-friendly place to host our snack-o-rama. Halo Soap is a local company run by Stacie Cherubini--she has locations in Cudahy and Bay View, but also sells online. She has been making soap and other skincare products for over 11 years, so she really knows what she's doing! Plus, she and everyone who works there is super-nice.
The majority of Halo products are vegan, with the only exceptions being some products that contain beeswax or honey. There are products for everyone--women, children and men! Here are just a small selection, but you can browse her entire store online as well. Stacie is offering all of the attendees a 10% discount on the day of the meetup, so if you need some soap or skincare products, support a vegan-friendly local company! If not, no worries--there's no pressure to buy anything! :)
Recently I got to spend a long weekend in Wisconsin Dells and was lucky enough to hit The Cheese Factory all-vegan restaurant three times while we were there. The Cheese Factory was previously a vegetarian restaurant (with some vegan options) with an emphasis on their old fashioned ice cream parlor offerings. They briefly closed last year (temporarily breaking my heart), but have re-opened as an all-vegan, non-GMO restaurant (making me fall in love all over again). They still have a wide variety of entrees and a delicious selection of bakery, vegan ice cream desserts and fancy coffee drinks. I am so thrilled that they were brave enough to make that change and stand out in a town full of standard American (non-vegan) food.
For our first visit, it was dinnertime and we started off with the hummus appetizer. The hummus was very good and the pita bread was outstanding. I ordered the "Our Daily Flatbread," which was described as "seasoned soy and roasted nut spread with fresh herbs, kalamata olives, sundried tomatoes, fresh basil, grilled veggies and balsamic reduction on toasted flatbread." The spread was incredible and the marinated veggies were very flavorful. My boyfriend had the "What a Wiener"...haha...it's a "flame-broiled jumbo frankfurter served on a grilled bun with our home-made sauerkraut, house bbq sauce, house coleslaw and dill pickle." He really enjoyed it. For dessert we tried the Caramel Crunch Cake, "almond coffee cake with vanilla cookie crunch filling and chocolate ganache." I loved this!
We headed back for dinner on our second night there and started with the "Chicken Nuggets" with BBQ sauce. They are exactly what they look like and they had a great flavor and texture. Kids would love these! For his entree, by boyfriend ordered the Asian Medly--"rice noodles, grilled broccoli, mushrooms, carrots, baby corn, onions, kale, bean sprouts, and seasoned tofu tossed in mildly spicy coconut curry sauce, garnished with roasted cashews, coconut and pineapple." It had amazing flavors and he loved it. I ordered the Southwest Platter, which was "layers of organic brown rice, seasoned tofu, chipotle black beans, grilled veggies and red chili sauce served with spinach quesadilla and fresh fruit salsa." In a healthy dish that could have been bland, they really dressed it up with outstanding flavor and the spinach quesadillas were so delicious that even my boyfriend (who hates vegan cheese) loved these. We both ended up taking some home so that we could fit dessert--this time the Cocoa Mousse Cake. Amazing!
Our last trip to The Cheese Factory was for brunch. I ordered the Granola Griddle Cakes, "two organic home-made pancakes filled with home-made granola, served with Earth Balance “butter,” organic agave-maple syrup blend and fruit garnish." I hardly ever order pancakes, but I'm so happy I did! With a little help from my boyfriend, we polished these off! This time, he went for something more unique--The Mushroom Lover's Skillet--"five varieties of locally grown organic mushrooms including portobello, shitakii, porcini, oyster and button all slowly simmered in “sour cream” and burgundy wine sauce. Served with grilled ciabatta bun, sweet potatoes, roasted garlic, roasted red pepper and small salad." Again, the spices and flavors were outstanding on everything. Where else in the area can you get vegan, organic, non-GMO food like this with tons of Gluten-Free options as well? The Cheese Factory makes me want to visit Wisconsin Dells just so I can dine on incredible food! So, if you find yourself out that way, make sure to check them out--they are located in the heart of The Dells!