Visiting Riverwest, or just looking to better appreciate what it has to offer? Get to know this Milwaukee neighborhood by browsing its most popular local businesses, from a Mexican restaurant to a vegan cafe and grocery store.
Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top places to visit in Riverwest, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of neighborhood businesses. Read on for the results.
1. Café Corazón
Topping the list is the Mexican bar and restaurant Café Corazón. Located at 3129 N. Bremen St., it's the highest rated business in the neighborhood, boasting 4.5 stars out of 511 reviews on Yelp.
This joint serves breakfast through dinner, as well as weekend brunch. Notable menu choices include breakfast tacos, enchiladas filled with a choice of protein, and the Fiesta Burger topped with salsa and jalapeños. There's also a wide selection of vegan dishes, plus beer and signature cocktails. Check out the website for the full menu.
2. Centro Café
Next up is the Italian lounge Centro Café, situated at 808 E. Center St. With 4.5 stars out of 204 reviews on Yelp, it's proven to be a local favorite.
Start off with some seared scallops, baked goat cheese or garlic bread before opting for heartier entrees like duck bacon carbonara with shallot, green peas and garlic; arrabbiata with chorizo, shrimp, scallion, roasted red pepper and spicy tequila-lime sauce; or a classic pepperoni pizza. Cocktails and wine are also on offer. Here's the full menu.
3. The Beerline Cafe
The Beerline Cafe, a cafe serving vegan and vegetarian fare, is another much-loved neighborhood go-to, with 4.5 stars out of 184 Yelp reviews. Head over to 2076 N. Commerce St. to try one of its sweet or savory crepes or paninis for yourself.
In terms of crepes, look for hearty options like the Mexican breakfast with chickpea chorizo, jalapeño, egg, pico de gallo and cashew lime crema; and the sweet Suzette with orange glaze, butter or Earth Balance, and powdered sugar. There's also scrambles, sandwiches, tacos, salads and much more. Here's the full menu.
4. Riverwest Co-op & Café
Finally, there's Riverwest Co-op & Café, a local favorite with 4.5 stars out of 135 reviews.
This vegan cafe at 733 E. Clarke St. doubles as a deli and a grocery store. It offers breakfast fare, such as the breakfast reuben sandwich with grilled organic tempeh topped with kimchi and melted vegan or dairy cheese; and French toast with vegan butter.
In the afternoon, stop by to score lunch options like a black bean burrito with rice, spinach and avocado; or the mock tuna melt with chickpea and vegan cheese topped with tomato, onion, sprouts and spinach. Check out the full menu here.