At Mendini’s on Main, piled-high platters transport steaming plates of pasta primavera, pan-seared salmon, crusty focaccia toast, and frosty drinks from the full bar to patrons' tables. Chefs dress the menu’s pan-seared salmon ($15.95) in honey-chipotle breading before sending it waltzing into a bed of wild rice and béarnaise sauce. Forks can tango with tender vegetables and twirl graceful linguine noodles on a plate of pasta primavera drenched in white-wine sauce ($10.95), and the crisp romaine lettuce, crunchy croutons, and creamy dressing of the signature caesar salad ($9.95) stirs feelings of jealousy in the unadorned vines climbing the restaurant walls. Patrons can pull up a bar stool along the fully stocked bar to sip from Mendini’s wide selection of wines or to show off their good posture by balancing a stack of martini glasses on their heads.
The staff at Frooties solves the problem of finding healthy food on the go with vitamin-packed smoothies, freshly blended fruit juices, and bubble teas all made to order. With its customers’ ease in mind, the business uses innovations in the way orders are placed, such as self-serve options and an app customers can use at home or in the office so orders are ready for pickup.
During a visit to a gelato café in Darmstadt, Germany, the proprietors of La Coppa met two second-generation gelato masters, Italians Alfredo and Maurizio, who dreamed of bringing distinctive gelato to American shores. This dream was fulfilled through La Coppa Artisan Gelato, where dessert artisans craft more than 40 of Alfredo and Maurizio’s sweet, silky creations. They make each batch of creamy gelato and fat-free sorbet onsite using fresh fruits, all-natural ingredients, and original recipes. These artisans top their artistic dessert creations—such as the gelato spaghetti—with snickers bars, ladyfingers, tiramisu, and made-to-order waffles. To keep their guests full and energized, friendly staff members craft cappuccinos and lattes from their own custom blend of locally roasted coffee beans. Customers who can't decide between caffeine and frozen treats can combine both with latte infusions or affogato. Latte infusions steam milk and gelato together to create a unique flavor and texture, while hot espresso tops gelato in affogato drinks.
The baristas at The Java Train brew up chalices of soul-bolstering coffee and prepare a menu of edible sidekicks, including pastries, sandwiches, homemade soups, and ice cream. Espresso, which has been scientifically proven to increase energy levels and the frequency of foam mustaches, awakens morning senses in a bevy of incarnations, such as cappuccinos, café mochas, or lattes ($2.99 for a 12 oz.; $3.79 for a 16 oz.). Breakfast sandwiches ($3.99 each) layer meat, eggs, and cheese on english muffins or bagels to muffle morning stomach grumbles, and signature sandwich creations ($6.95 each), such as the Roundhouse—a succulent amalgamation of horseradish-slathered roast beef, avocado, and red pepper bookended by tomato-herb focaccia bread, fulfill lunch quotas during midafternoon breaks. Conclude coffee conversations and food-based meals with scoops of ice cream in a cup or cone ($1.59 for a single; $2.29 for a double). The Java Train provides free WiFi for computer-equipped patrons to enjoy between sips, chews, and caffeine-induced yodels.
Art Bar, called a "Painter's Paradise" by Urban Milwaukee magazine, isn't your typical watering hole. In its enchanting interior, hundreds of soda bottle caps create an argyle pattern on pillars, wine corks stud an oval-shaped bar, and paint-by-number pieces—depicting everything from horses to the Virgin Mary—plaster a wall.
The kitschy aesthetic offers a glimpse into the creative mind of owner Don Krause. Krause left his former career as an interior designer for Ethan Allen to brave the trials of opening a bar in Riverwest. And he did it his way: His joint pours more than 40 microbrews by night and Alterra coffee by day in a space adorned with the rotating creations of local artists. The beer lineup includes seasonal brews from Bell’s, Founders, Lakefront, and New Glarus, as well as “mystery beers” served for three bucks cloaked in a crumpled brown bag—the way Wisconsin dignitaries drink. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel describes the venue as “a feast for all senses” and “one of the hottest spots in Riverwest,” thanks in part to its comedy, musical, or artistic events.
Loacated in the heart of Historic Brady Street, the warm and homey "Brewed Cafe" invites you to relax with excellent quality coffee (roasted by our good friends at Anodyne Coffee Roasting Company) and array of delicious foods ranging from homemade bakery to our signature vegetarian chili, sandwiches and spreads.
Rochambo boasts more than 70 teas, locally roasted coffees, and distinguished microbrews inside its Victorian-styled sipping space. Teas come in varieties such as green, black, scented black, white, periwinkle, and oolong, all priced by their degrees of rarity and measured by the cup, pot, furlong, or ounce. Feel free to gulp house teas, such as the mountain huckleberry or Japanese sencha ($1.75 a cup), or furnish chilly hands with extra-rare libations such as the white silver needles tea ($3.75 a cup).