I love vegan food. That probably is not a surprise to anyone who cares even a little about my blog posts but I need to say it. I love Beerline Cafe even more. Why, you might ask? Because this spot continues to deliver on good plant-based eats, healthy or not. I have been to Beerline at least 20 times since my first visit last April and it has become my favorite place to eat in town. Their menu always gives me anxiety but also lots of excitement, the sign of a large menu and a lot of good options. I never know if I want breakfast, lunch, brunch or dinner. Their specials always entice me, as my recent trip with my friend Kristin illustrated just that, where I opted for a surprising and flavorful tortilla soup. I have taken other friends to this spot and my pastor and they have all loved it. Mind you, they are not vegan.
I love this place because it showcases how meatless and dairy eats do not have to be bland. You can have comfort food like their famous vegan nachos or go for a healthier option like their mushroom barley burger. (no soy or wheat) It's just fantastic. The employees know me by name, something that makes me happy but also laugh, as I never thought I'd be regular at a local restaurant. Here I am, professing my love for Beerline and all of their eats. This place highlights an important part of changing your eating lifestyle: finding a restaurant that fits your needs and does not make you miss your past life. If I do want nachos with the texture of meat, I'll opt for the vegan nachos (see below) and be completely satisfied. I recommend finding restaurants and more importantly, a dish or two you can rely on when making a switch. It really can be helpful. I cook throughout the week but enjoy eating out and socializing with others.
Beerline offers crepes, waffles, cinnamon roll pancakes and other sweet items on their menu if you are craving a little sugar, while also serving up extremely savory options like their hash brown benedict. (can substitute tofu scramble for eggs) Their hollandaise sauce was on point, not too salty or overpowering. It coated my potatoes, tofu ham and scramble perfectly. I was worried about the tofu being too much, but I was pleased with the differences in texture and flavor. It's amazing how Beerline is able to get so creative with the wide variety of plant-based meat alternatives. This is helpful, as every once and awhile it is nice to be able to have an option that is reminiscent of what I used to eat without the tired, grogginess feeling that comes from meat and dairy. (That's the case for me at least.)
Kristin and I enjoyed our most recent trip to Beerline for numerous reasons. We played a card game called exploding cats, (highly recommend it) and there are a host of other games to play while you wait on your food. We went during an extremely busy time between 12 -2, but that was fine considering we were not in a hurry and had this board game. I enjoy when places have games to play or something that adds another layer of socializing. If you go to Beerline at like 3 or 4 p.m., you should be fine, but then again, it sometimes is hard to tell with restaurants. However, we waited maybe 30 minutes for our food, but this was an anomaly, and they also let us know that it would take some time since it was packed. This heads up and open communication with customers is something I appreciate about this spot. We both loved our dishes, and Kristin enjoyed her mushroom barley burger, as it had a panko breaded outer layer and stayed together very well.
Beerline's prices are all moderate to even low. Their loaded nachos are $6.95 for a small and $8.95 for an extremely large portion. Their cinnamon roll pancakes are just under $9 while a lot of their other options fall within $6 - $8, while their smoothies are around $6. While this is kind of high for a smoothie, the quality of ingredients and size of their smoothies take away some of my questioning behind the pricing. Besides, the food prices are so moderate that it kind of offsets the prices of anything else. I know there are places like Sanford or Ardent in town, but honestly, who wants to pay a crap ton of money for smaller, exquisite portions and style of food? Not me. I'm 24 and I want my money to stretch and stomach to feel full. I don't have time for fancy eats, especially when I get home and want more food. That's another reason I love Beerline and will continue to ride for this place. It's gotten to the point I wish I could invest in their restaurant. Not just because I spend a lot of money here but because they make healthy eating and vegetarian and vegan life fun, easy and exciting.
From hosting meetups here to grabbing a quick bite to eat here during the winter, (my phone died one time I came because of the cold, meaning no pictures) Beerline Cafe has my heart, soul and wallet. It will continue to remind me of why I am glad I switched over to a plant-based diet and why others should too. But don't worry. I'm not a preachy vegan, just an evolving one who understands what food can do to change lives. Ask my dad who is a third vegan after switching over to oatmeal, apples and cinnamon for breakfast. I guess this blog post is simply an appreciation post about my favorite place to eat in Milwaukee, Beerline Cafe. Plant-based eats for the win.