Milwaukee's 5 favorite spots to find budget-friendly vegan eats

Craving vegan food?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable vegan restaurants around Milwaukee, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to fulfill your urges.

1. The Beerline Cafe

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Topping the list is The Beerline Cafe. Located at 2076 N. Commerce St. in Riverwest, the vegan cafe is the highest rated inexpensive restaurant of its kind in Milwaukee, boasting 4.5 stars out of 186 reviews on Yelp. 

Look out for both sweet and savory crepes at this popular joint, as well as egg scrambles, sandwiches, paninis, salads and a variety of other goodies. Need to satisfy your sweet tooth? Check out the Crepe Ape with peanut butter, Nutella, jam and your choice of either bananas or mixed berries topped with Ghirardelli chocolate sauce and toasted pecans.

Check out the full website here

2. Riverwest Co-op & Café

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Next up is Riverwest's Riverwest Co-op & Café, situated at 733 E. Clarke St. With 4.5 stars out of 137 reviews on Yelp, the grocery store, vegetarian and vegan spot has proven to be a local favorite for those looking for a budget-friendly option. 

Stop by in the morning to score an order of French toast or biscuits and gravy for breakfast, or take a seat in the afternoon and indulge in favorites like the mock tuna melt served on toasted bread with organic tomato, onion, sprouts and spinach. Thirsty? Scoop a green dream fruit smoothie — a combination of peach, raspberry, banana, kale and spinach in orange juice. (Here's the full menu.)

3. The Soup House

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Juneau Town's The Soup House, located at 324 E. Michigan, is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the cheap gluten-free and vegan spot, which offers soup and more, 4.5 stars out of 77 reviews.

This cash-only spot offers a plethora of soup options on a rotating basis Monday through Friday — Stop by at the end of the week and sip on chicken soup, Thai pumpkin, tikka masala or crabby shrimp bisque.

Check out the website for a current lineup of offerings.

4. Strange Town

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Strange Town, a bar and vegan spot in Lower East Side, is another much-loved, cheap go-to, with 4.5 stars out of 63 Yelp reviews. Head over to 2101 N. Prospect Ave. to see for yourself. 

This spot specializes in house-made signature cocktails. Stop by, sit down and indulge in a cocktail like Death In The Afternoon, an absinthe libation with cava, or sip on a classic brandy old fashioned. Pair your drink with small bites like frijoles con queso, cashews served with coconut or olives with orange peels and garlic.

Check out the full menu here

5. Bombay Sweets

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Over in Morgandale, check out Bombay Sweets, which has earned four stars out of 118 reviews on Yelp. Dig in at the vegetarian Indian restaurant by heading over to 3401 S. 13th St. 

Start your meal with a side of samosas before opting for main entrees like the aloo parotha platter, which includes spiced potatoes served with channa masala, homemade yogurt, onions and pickle; the halwa poori platter with sweet halwa, channa masala, aloo sabji, spiced homemade yogurt and pickle; or vegetable biryani — fragrant rice cooked with fresh garden vegetables and nuts. Rice dishes, curries, thali platters and snacks round out the menu


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