The owners of Sven's Café pride themselves on being ahead of their time—when Steve Goretzko and his business partner George Voglis began roasting in 1989, they were among the first in Wisconsin to specialize in fair-trade and organic coffee. After Sven’s Organic Coffee Company began to take off, Goretzko decided to open Sven’s Café in Bay View; eventually, he added another location in downtown Milwaukee.
Goretzko hails from Berlin, and Sven’s Café has a decidedly European feel; baristas use Probot and Gothot German roasters to brew fresh java, for example. Sven’s coffee beans hail from the world over, harvested in far-flung locales including Africa, Indonesia, South America, Hawaii, and the moon. The café also serves breakfast sandwiches, paninis, salads, and soups.
Gloria Jean’s Coffees’ expert baristas brew fresh cups of coffee using Rainforest Alliance beans and a passion for carefully cultivated caffeine. Whirlwinds of crushed ice co-mingle with richly roasted coffee to craft 24-ounce chillers—a slushy, sweet treat dense with dessert-like flavors. Celebrate seasonal transience with a pumpkin-spice chiller, or tickle taste buds with a frosty, slurpable snow globe in the form of a white-chocolate-caramel-cookie chiller. Five dark-chocolaty cocoa-loco chillers can help customers stay cool and caffeinated for a full workweek or provide a necessary jolt of get-up-and-go to an entire bicycle polo team after a night spent dreaming of steel children and living motorcycles.
Jennifer Nowicki really loves produce; she's named her third restaurant Verduras, the Spanish word for vegetables. The completely vegetarian menu employs ingredients such as grapefruit, beets, and teriyaki-infused carrots to insulate sandwiches, salads, and soups, many of which are also vegan or gluten free. However, the ever-shifting curls of steam that tickle the hardwood floors, exposed rafters, and large windows hint at Verduras' primary focus: teas from all across the globe. Beneath the ivory-hued exposed bricks, white, green, rooibos, and local Rishi teas steep in hot water, filling mugs with the flavors of wild rose, hibiscus, or chai. The floral aromas of darjeeling fill the air as patrons gaze at the art on the walls, rendered in crisp black and white like a zebra’s yearbook page.
Most of Wild Flour's loaves are crafted with traditional old-world European techniques, which exclude fat, oil, sugar, eggs, dairy, and preservatives and replace them with high-quality flours. Artisan favorites, such as the olive rosemary and cranberry walnut, complement any meal, while health-conscious selections such as the whole-grain flax-seed bread and the multigrain sourdough will allow nutrition-minded architects to nosh guilt free. Each of Wild Flour's four cozy stores serves hot lunch daily, with a rotating soup selection that pours the likes of Catalina chicken, cream of potato with bacon, and tomato red-pepper bisque alongside hot grilled sandwiches such as the zipper (ham, salami, provolone, tomato, onion, jalapeños, and mayo, $5.50) and the hot vegetarian (marinated eggplant, red peppers, portobello mushrooms, and pesto sauce, $4.90). Cold deli classics also sashay out of the kitchen, including egg salad ($4.90) and chicken salad ($5.50) and a wide selection of salads (starting at $3.25).
When Sababa's founder and head chef, Ed Wahhab, isn’t whipping up a homestyle menu of Middle Eastern dishes, he can be found in the dining room reading diners' fortunes in the bottoms of their cups of Arabic coffee. Ed’s banter and his love of card tricks create a sense of camaraderie that fills Sababa—Hebrew and Arabic slang for "awesome"—as patrons settle in at the bar, puff strawberry-daiquiri-flavored hookah on the patio, or sample housemade hummus and falafel.
Putting a modern American slant on traditional Mediterranean cuisine, the kitchen flavors beef sliders with kifta spices and creates nachos with pita chips, feta and cheddar cheese, lemon tahini sauce, and a medley of garbanzo beans and vegetables. Bartenders pour wine, crack open bottled beers, and mix up specialty cocktails, such as a manhattan with cardamom and a French martini, whose blend of Chambord, pineapple juice, and vanilla vodka is served in the traditional French way, by a weeping clown.
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).
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.