5 Amazing Cheap-and-Delicious Eats in Milwaukee

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    Comet Cafe's Bacon and Beer

    Comet Cafe bacon and beer special
    ••• Bacon-and-beer special at Comet Cafe. Comet Cafe

    What: Comet Café

    Where: 1947 N. Farwell Ave., Milwaukee (East Side)

    Phone: 414-273-7677

    An East Side staple along Farwell Avenue since opening in 1995, Sundays are the beer-and-bacon deal where, for a flat price, you get a basket of sizzling bacon with a pint of beer. Pay just the cost of a beer (prices start at $2.50). Other options on the menu span quite a few vegan and vegetarian dishes, including Vegan Salisbury Steak ($12, including soup or salad). Carnivore lovers can fuel up for $12-$13 with dinners such as A.J.'s Compact Turkey Dinner or Friday Fish Fry Everyday. Bonus: the kitchen stays open late (for Milwaukee's standards), until midnight.

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  • 02 of 05

    El Conejito’s Place’s Mexican Food

    Conejito's
    ••• Conejito's

    What: El Conejito’s Place

    Where: 539 W. Virginia St., Milwaukee (Walker’s Point)

    Phone: 414-278-9106

    Don’t be discouraged by the interior or that the food is served on paper plates—this is quick-service (but high quality) Mexican food. The most expensive item on the menu is around $6. The same menu exists for lunch and dinner and it hasn’t changed much since opening in 1972. Choose from dishes like tostadas ($3.90 for an order of four), beef steak tacos ($4.20 for an order of four) and pork spare ribs ($5, with beans, rice and tortillas). Margaritas will run you $3.50 each—or $17/$27 for a pitcher. There are just two dining spaces in this place--the main room and the bar, but seats in both turn over quickly (just in case you're intimidated by the wait).

     

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  • 03 of 05

    The Vanguard's Hot Dogs and Sausages

    Spinach Artichoke Sausage at The Vanguard
    ••• Spinach Artichoke Sausage at The Vanguard. The Vanguard

    What: The Vanguard

    Where: 2659 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., Milwaukee (Bay View)

    Phone: 414-539-3593

    When you think of a hot-dog and sausage spot you probably imagine a no-fuss cart or stall—but Vanguard, open since 2014, defies all that. How it works is that you order at the counter and are then seated either on the patio or the communal-style dining room. Its owners have experience running Chicago restaurants like the Michelin-starred Longman & Eagle, and the array of sausages is vast, and all high-quality. Opt for a “styled sausage” dog (such as Jamaican Lamb Currywurst), a “city” dog (like Pittsburgh or Tijuana) or a classic (including Vegan Chorizo and Vegan Italian). Expect to pay $6-$7, on average.

     

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  • 04 of 05

    Anodyne Coffee's Pizza

    Anodyne Coffee
    ••• Anodyne Coffee's Bay View cafe's pizza. Anodyne Coffee

    What: Anodyne Coffee

    Where: 2920 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., Milwaukee (Bay View)

    Phone: 414-489-0765

    Technically Anodyne Coffee is a place to grab espresso but Anodyne’s Bay View cafe is also a neighborhood spot for pizza since the wood-fired oven—which can bake up to 900 degrees—arrived from Italy in 2015. Pizzas ($10-$13) take just 90 seconds to bake and the options are endless, with specialty pies folding in ingredients like arugula, prosciutto, goat cheese, beets, locally made sausage and mushrooms. Since the crust is very, very thin, most diners order one pizza each, but it's also suitable for sharing between two people.

     

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  • 05 of 05

    MATC's Cuisine Restaurant

    Cuisine Restaurant at MATC
    ••• Cuisine Restaurant at MATC. MATC Times

    What: Cuisine Restaurant

    Where: 700 W. State St., Milwaukee (MATC’s downtown campus)

    Phone: 414-297-6697

    Many of the city’s best chefs got their start at Milwaukee Area Technical College’s Culinary Arts program. Be one of the first to bite into their decadent cuisine as a guest at Cuisine Restaurant, for a fraction of the price you’d normally pay at a fine-dining restaurant. Open for lunch service on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, between 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m., and only when the semester is in session, the meal might include BBQ jackfruit slider with rainbow avocado slaw and house-made potato chips or Provencal Daube of beef with roasted root vegetables and sautéed asparagus. Desserts on a recent menu were exotic-fruits cheesecake with coconut crumble, turtle-bread pudding, and housemade chocolate and vanilla ice creams. Entrees run just $14-$15; and salads, soups, and desserts around $5 each.