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Comet Cafe, Milwaukee

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The Bottom Line

Comet Cafe is an East Side Milwaukee staple, a great place to take that hard-to-feed vegan, or visitors wanting to see the bohemians of the city. Look out for odd specials like the Sunday basket-of-bacon with a purchase of $2.50, as well as touches like the bacon strip in your Bloody Mary (unless, of course, you're that hard-to-feed vegan.)

Pros

  • Many of the dishes can be served vegan or vegatarian -- even the "meat" loaf.
  • The atmosphere is relaxed, eclectic and hip.
  • The cafe side of Comet is always smoke free, and the bar allows smoking only after 10:30 p.m.
  • The bar side can get rowdy, especially during events like "Beer School."

Cons

  • The atmosphere is relaxed, eclectic and hip -- so relaxed they openly profess to slow service.
  • On nights or weekends you can expect a wait due to the crowds.
  • The bar side can get rowdy, especially during "Beer School." A minus for quiet conversation.
  • The crowd definitely skews younger. You might not want to bring granny here, unless she has tattoos.

Description

  • Comet Cafe is located at 1947 N. Farwell Ave.
  • Phone: 414.273.7677
  • Website: www.thecometcafe.com
  • Major credit cards are accepted.
  • Open daily 10:30 a.m. - 2 a.m. Mon. - Thurs.; 10:30 - 2:30 a.m. Fri.; 9 a.m. - 2:30 a.m. Sat.; and 9 a.m. - 2 a.m. Sun.

Guide Review - Comet Cafe, Milwaukee

Comet Cafe has been a bastion of cool in Milwaukee since it opened as a smokey coffee-bar dive in 1995. After having undergone an expansion and renovation ten years later, the cafe is now a popular restaurant and bar.

True to its roots, you can still walk in to Comet and order a coffee to go, or a cheap lunch of veggie chili ($4.50 a bowl), but most come for a leisurely meal with a group of friends or a few rounds of cocktails. Leisurely is the operative word here, because frankly, the service at Comet is often slow, as are many customers when lingering over that last round of drinks or dessert. Don't be dissuaded, however, just know not to walk in to Comet starved, and you won't be disappointed by their generous portions of such staples as Trudy's Chicken and Noodles ($9) or staples-with-a-twist like the Vegan Gyro ($8).

Likewise, Comet's bar is stocked to suit a variety of tastes just as its menu is. With features like the weekday happy hour "Beermergency," where cans of Old Style will run you $1, to a huge beer, wine and cocktail list sporting such gems as a $7 Founders "Breakfast Stout" (who knew?), there is enough to keep a beer-loving Milwaukeean busy for quite some time.

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