Being a vegetarian can be hard, thankless work—extended family members rarely understand, many restaurants don't accommodate you, and cows still try to devour you every chance they get. Today's Groupon proves that vegetarian eating can be stylish, sexy, and delicious: for $15, you get $30 worth of fresh vegetarian fare at Café Manna in Brookfield.
Named a "favorite new restaurant" and "favorite vegetarian restaurant" in 2009 by the readers of Milwaukee magazine, Café Manna churns out a full range of vegetarian options. The three-star green-certified restaurant's menu lists plenty of gluten-free, raw, and vegan items. Tasty beginnings include locally crafted artisan cheeses served aside cool, plump berries ($13) and exotic sandwiches such as the savory portobello and eggplant indulgence topped in roasted peppers, caramelized onions, house-made pesto, creamy feta, and goat cheese on toasted rosemary-olive bread ($11). Green gorgers can wash nutrient-rich nibbles down with a sip of organic beer or wine from the drink menu and can answer the sweet, sweet siren song of the gluten-free, raw, and vegan chocolate berry tart ($9).
Upping the sustainability factor, Café Manna has bamboo and recycled-paper counter tops, uses a reverse-osmosis water-purification system, stocks local ingredients when possible, and has an outdoor patio so you can dine under the warm, judgmental smile of the moon. Though not required, reservations are recommended and can be made by phone or via eco-friendly walk-by shouting.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel awarded Café Manna three stars and named it one of the Top 30 restaurants of 2009. Yelpers give the restaurant an average of four stars, and 84 percent of nearly 140 Urbanspooners recommend it:
- Calming colors and clean lines send out a soothing vibe when diners enter Robin Kasch's fully vegetarian restaurant. But there's excitement on the plates in global flavors and wonderfully fresh ingredients, many of them organic and, during the growing season, obtained locally. Meals begin with irresistible coconut-cashew hummus. I'm especially fond of sandwiches here, such as the grilled herb eggplant and tofu served with excellent whipped celeriac and Yukon gold potatoes. – Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel