Beans and Barley Market & Cafe

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    ( 12 reviews )

1901 E North Ave, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, 53202

Serves meat, vegan options available. Market, deli, and cafe. Has vegetarian food. Large seating area.

Categories: Lacto, Ovo, American, Beer/Wine, Non-veg

12 Reviews

First Review by Grootchk13

Good food & location - Edit

I’ve never had a bad dish here. It usually takes awhile to get a table (although I tend to come at the traditionally busy times), but half of the restaurant is a little grocery store with lots of fantastically fun gift items to peruse while you wait.

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Love this so hard! - Edit

Erin, the bartender was awesome. Adorable and friendly. I had a cup of vegan chili, the black bean and sweet potato burrito without the lime cream sauce. I save half of it for lunch for the next day and I'm so frustrated that I left it in my hotel room fridge. To my best friend demanded that I could not leave the city until I tried the raspberry cake, but unfortunately they were out. I did enjoy the four layer chocolate cake. It was amazing. The store which is attached to it had so many cute and eclectic gifts. It is not a fast place so know that going into it. I was disappointed with they hosted. She never did greet me and after 5 minutes and some people stepping in front of me she seat that them before me. But overall it was a great experience. I enjoyed chatting with some of the other customers, as well. I will for sure be back on my next trip to Milwaukee.

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A Milwaukee staple! - Edit

Beans & Barley is so cute. The space itself is wonderful with floor to very-high-ceiling windows, a coffee bar, and a connected grocery. The service is always friendly. The food is consistently good. Sometimes it can be slow, but that's how it is when you go out for weekend brunch. Their menu offers a number of vegetarian options and a fair amount of vegan options as well. It's a Milwaukee staple and a good option for a casual lunch, whether your with a bunch of vegans or a mixed group.

Pros: friendly staff, love the building, good prices

Cons: east side parking

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Great Little Market - Edit

We love to browse in this market while waiting for a table to open up in their cafe. They always have unusual items along with food staples. There's also a deli and bakery that has a pretty wide selection. It's never too crowded in the market, which is nice. It would be hard to get all of your grocery needs here but it does have a pretty nice variety of stuff. We always have a positive experience!

Pros: Fun, unusual products, Lots of every day food staples, Great variety & selection

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Tasty cafe and fun shop! - Edit

This is kind of the vegan/vegetarian mainstay in Milwaukee - if you mention you're veg to someone in the greater Milwaukee area, they say "oh, have you been to Beans and Barley?" The food is good, but not necessarily the best in the city - their desserts are great, though, especially the cakes (they also have big cookies from East Side Ovens, try the chocolate mint one, mmmm). My favorite order is the tofu burger; their veggie chili is also really good, and they usually have at least one other vegan soup. The deli counter is great if you're looking for something quick to take away, and everything is labeled as vegan/vegetarian/non-veg. The grocery/shop part is also really fun, and has good veg staples (vegan mayo, different vegan milks, soy/almond ice cream, etc) and treats (candy, chocolates).

Pros: Fun shops, Big menu, Great deli counter

Cons: Long wait at times (brunch)

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Great food - Edit

Great food. Cute Resturant with store in it.
Good choices and friendly service.

Pros: good selection, bakery also

Cons: parking lot small

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Best Milwaukee Restaurant - Edit

Beans and Barley is a major staple to the east side of Milwaukee. I don't know how I would eat without them. Love the portebella mushroom sandwich. Breakfast foods are the best for lacto-ovo vegetarians.

They are supposed to be changing all their cheeses to be vegetarian in January of 2013, so that is a bonus. Their deli is very good too. Smoothies and yummy burritos!

I would give them 5 cows if I could:)

Pros: Quick and affordable, Best food in Milwaukee

Cons: Occaisionally hard to find parking

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Cafe & Grocery - Edit

Beans and Barley is a super popular cafe (packed near close when I visited) luckily the chefs in the back are happy to take a last minute order for anyone sitting at the counter! You can also get a decent selection of the food they make in the cold section of the grocery area. Beans & Barley is definitely the go to place for vegan food on a cold night, the cafe like atmosphere is great. I opted for a custom veggie sandwich, but the burritos looked amazing, too!

Pros: neat place

Cons: meat/fish/cheese on menu

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Beans & Barley Cafe - Edit

Beans and Barley is a cute, and apparently very popular, cafe located in Milwaukee. They're a little busy on the weekends so expect to wait about 20 minutes until you're seated. If you're traveling with (or need to compromise with) a non-vegan, I think this would be a good place to take them as there are tasty options for everyone. For my entrée I ordered the Tofu Burger - I was attracted to this items as the patty is made locally by Simple Soyman in Milwaukee. The burger comes on a toasted bun with lettuce, tomatoes, vegenaise, and vegan cheese (upon request). The burger patty was really good, I didn't even taste/notice the tofu, as it tasted mostly of vegetables. All in all I thought the burger was good and I'd certainly order it again. I give this place 3.5 cows but will up it to 4 considering the number of options they offer and the area they operate in.

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Bring your republican family members - Edit

I like Beans&Barley. I have been a patron of their grocery and cafe for many years. However it seems each year that the cafe's options for vegans diminishes in variety, portion size and flavor. It serves "healthy American" cuisine and really it is one of the only places I can take my family out to dinner, since they will not try ethnic foods nor eat vegetarian. It is clean, classy, a little expensive for what you get. The service reminds me of much higher dining. The staff maintain a high level of etiquette. The grocery is well stocked for its size and reasonably priced. Plus they have parking. (so my family doesn't have to walk more than 20ft)

Pros: clean/crisp atmosphere, healthy american cuisine, vegan grocery selections

Cons: snootie clientel, boring food options

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vegan and vegatarian, home-cookin' - Edit

not only does beans have a soup of the day and a dinner special that rotates daily, but they have plenty of great vegan bakery in the deli, hot and cold take out deli items, a deli counter to take out sandwiches and dinner items, and (most importantly for milwaukee residnets!!): BRUNCH! great vegan brinch items-tofu scrambler, biscuits and gravy, etc...a great place to eat, shop, and work (really, it is)!

Pros: good food, freindly staff, family owned

Cons: lack of parking for brunch-gets busy

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um...YUM! - Edit

So...anyone that comes to Milwaukee or lives in Milwaukee MUST eat here at least once. I promise you that you will constantly CRAVE their vegetarian chili because well it have been voted best chili like 3 years in a row. Personally I love their burritos but they are different! There is stuff on the menu for meat eaters too!

Pros: yummy, friendly staff

Cons: small seating area, so you might have to wait, thats all thou!

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