Mother Fool's Coffeehouse

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    ( 9 reviews )
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1101 Williamson St, Madison, Wisconsin, USA, 53703

Long-established vegetarian coffee shop with an all-vegan bakery case from East Side Ovens. Offers a daily soup plus now sandwiches. All vegan except for dairy milk and cream cheese. No extra charge for soy drinks. Small interior, has wireless internet, music nights. Open Mon-Fri 7:00am-11:00pm, Sat-Sun 8:00am-11:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, American, Take-out, Bakery

9 Reviews

First Review by rccourtney

I was hoping for a bit more - Edit

I stopped in at Mother's Fool during a road trip that took me past Madison. I use the "happy cow" app when I'm traveling to find vegan friendly food options on the road. It's nice to not always have to order off the sides menu.

Mother's Fool was good, I got a soy chai and two cookies. I was just hoping for a few more options (more bakery options and food options - there were only a few bakery items) to make it worth me getting off the interstate for it. BUT the soy chai and the cookies were indeed good!!

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Excellent vegan options - Edit

If you're looking for a vegan-friendly coffee shop in Madison, this is the place to go. They always have delicious vegan soups and vegan baked goods.

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Cute little coffee shop - Edit

The coffee is good, the staff is friendly, the location is cute and cozy, and the vegan baked goods are great! Nothing bad to say at all :)

Pros: good coffee, good baked goods, cozy atmosphere

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Almost All Vegan Establishment - Edit

My husband and I had a great visit to this place! The guy behind the counter was friendly. As far as I could tell, the only thing I could see that wasn't vegan in this place was dairy options for the coffee drinks. There were two kinds of soy milk available and almond milk as well, all for no extra charge. There was an amazing variety of vegan baked goods, courtesy of a vegan bakery in Milwaukee. Vegan soups were available from the Green Owl vegetarian restaurant down the street. They even had vegan samosas available the day we were there, but we didn't get to sample any of the savory stuff, unfortunately. The baked goods and coffee drinks were delicious. We wanted to come back during our stay in Madison, but there was just too much other great vegan food to be found, so we couldn't fit a return visit into our schedule, unfortunately. We will be back next time we're in Madison!
Updated from previous review on Tuesday July 07, 2015

Pros: so many delicious vegan options!, friendly, pretty cool atmosphere, spacious

Cons: no parking, not a ton of seating if it gets crowded, cash or check only

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Great bakery case and chai - Edit

It was easy to find and there was plenty of free street parking available. The atmosphere inside was warm and welcoming. I liked the vibe I got from the place. We made a beeline for the bakery case. The barista was very friendly and helpful with drink and food suggestions. The case had some many options: cinnamon rolls, muffins, cookies, Danishes, breads, and cake. It was a fantastic selection, and everything was reasonably priced.

Cinnamon roll and chai were great. I would stop again when driving through Madison.

Pros: cheap, easy parking

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coffee and cake with a smile - Edit

Cash only. Keep that in mind. They have vegan pastries from around the city and they're so dang good. It's a simple place with good coffee. I was just in town for work but I liked having this part of my morning.

Pros: good price, vegan treats!

Cons: cash only, limited seating

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Mother Fool's - Funky with Fantastic Food ! - Edit

Any place that creates and serves delicious Vegan fare is tops on my list and welcome on my plate.
Great building and simple ambience combined with their food selections makes this a great place to spend some time solo, or with friends. It's such a wonderful addition in the cafe scene of Madison! Relax & Enjoy.

Pros: Great food, Great food, Great food

Cons: none, yet, they always please.

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Classic East Side Cafe - Edit

Frankly, anywhere on the East Side of Madison is a wonderful place in my opinion, and Mother Fool's Coffeehouse is verily in keeping with my mentality. The mismatched couches and chairs, graffitied wall, and classic Madison hippie baristas all contribute to give Mother Fool's the warm and fun atmosphere of the East Side.

Food and drink-wise, Mother Fool's always has a bakery case stuffed full of vegan cupcakes, cookies, tarts, pastries, bread rolls, and my favorite sun-dried tomato bread. They also have a vegan soup-of-the-day and all their drinks can be made with soy milk at no extra cost. A welcoming, delicious, and vegan-friendly cafe fit for the East Side.

See pictures and more restaurant reviews at my blog: http://farmersmarketvegan.wordpress.com/

Pros: All-vegan bakery., Soy milk at no extra charge., Friendly baristas.

Cons: No food other than soup and bakery., A bit small (lack of seating).

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Awesome vegan sweets - Edit

I love all the sweets that they serve here especially the cranberry orange scone. Also great coffee and tea with soy as an option.
I am wondering why I am not allowed to give the place 5 happy cows as a rating. This place is 100% vegetarian and is in fact all vegan except the small amount of dairy that they have in the form of milk and cream for coffee.

Pros: vegan deserts, great coffee and tea

Cons: uncomfortable couches

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