After taking in this pristine and modern ambiance, menus can be found sitting on the marble as rectangular paper table mats. While this place does feel a bit more chic, it also feels simple, and that can be said with these menus that are most likely reused even with no laminate or covering on them (as the waitress opted to take them before we ate.) Maybe that's me thinking about eco-friendly practices, but it seems like that could very well be the case. After taking photos and gawking at the environment of Sweet Diner, my food friend Meredith and I finally sat down to check out the menu that was pretty lengthy. There are options like french toast, cinnamon and apple waffles, pancakes sandwiches, oatmeal and soup, the perfect balance between breakfast and lunch. These options all fall under $12 apiece, and most of the other items on their menu aren't too high. There are also a lot of coffee options, tea and juices including freshly squeezed and pressed orange, apple and other fruit juices for $6.
For my vegan-friendly folks, Sweet Diner has about 6 options to choose from if you eliminate eggs or cheese from things including the Veg Head skillet ($10 and was my choice) that came with toast and eggs and comes with potatoes, mushrooms, onions, spinach, broccoli, and tomatoes with shaved cheese blend. I was so caught up with substituting avocado for eggs I forgot to say no cheese, which i removed. There is also a Veg Head sandwich, avocado toast option and a mediterranean skillet. I was pretty satisfied with my option and ESPECIALLY happy because Sweet Diner's portions were very large.
Whenever I do go to a place that is a bit more modern and chic, I sometimes get concerned that the portions will be skimpy. I definitely stood corrected as I got a large skillet with a nice sized pancake on the side. I added a little pepper and asked for ketchup for my skillet to give it a little flavor, but the combination of all of these vegetables and flavors was up to my standards. I will say, I will probably go without the spinach next time, as it was kind of moist from most likely the tomato juice and did not fit with the rest of the ingredients in this bowl. The tomatoes were a pleasant surprise, and broccoli, something I typically eat after lunchtime, provided me with protein and a nice change in texture.
Other than these minor environment observances that I was not crazy about, this trip to Sweet Diner provided Meredith and I a chance to enjoy unconventional diner-type food in a setting that did not really scream diner. Prices weren't too bad, the service from all their employees who wore denim tops was great, and we even learned about the private room behind us from one of the bus boys! It was a relaxing experience, and luckily the food matched the high-quality environment. After finishing my food, I felt like finding a pillow and going to bed in one of their booths. Now that's a place that is definitely home sweet home. I'll definitely be checking out this spot again to embrace the warmth, modern feel of Milwaukee's newest diner!