If you take a trip to Milwaukee's Riverwest area and head to 2803 N. Teutonia Ave, you'll find a cozy and inviting restaurant masked with African decor, smooth jazz music, books and portraits of African-American musicians and civil rights leaders. What you'll also find is hearty and extremely satisfying breakfast that is served all day and every day of the week.
Coffee Makes You Black is in close proximity to campus, only 8 minutes away by car and 20 minutes by bus (You can take the 12 to Teutonia from 12th and Wisconsin). As for the menu, CMYB's options range from chicken and waffles (my choice), to catfish and grits at very reasonable prices ($7.50 for chicken & waffles, 2 pancakes for $3.50). Simply put, soulful is one word that describes the essence of Coffee Makes You Black. The food is cooked with love and tenderness, a characteristic that describes the chicken that collided with my confectious waffles. My salmon croquettes were also cooked and seasoned very well, offering me a side dish to consume while eating from my main platter. That said, these dishes alone will have me coming back for more in the very near future.
CMYB's customer service was outstanding, as my guest and I had numerous people check on us while we ate. A waiter even said to another party, "When it comes to business and customers, I have to be on top of this." This alone showed me how important customers were to the people working there. The employees all had smiles on their faces, and a result, put a smile on mine. The only qualm about CMYB are their times, as they close at 3 p.m. on most days. However, breakfast joints usually close mid-afternoon so that just means you'll have to wake up early and smell the coffee--which is exactly what I did and then some on this Saturday morning at Coffee Makes You Black.
Overall Rating: 9.5/10