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Best known for bratwurst and fish fries, Wisconsin is not the easiest place to be a vegetarian. Vegans may also find it difficult to find a restaurant that meets their dietary restrictions in the self-proclaimed Dairy State. Vegetarianism and veganism is becoming more popular however, and an increasing number of these restaurants are popping up around the state. Here is a list of the 10 best vegetarian restaurants in Wisconsin.
Café Manna was one of the first restaurants in Wisconsin to serve an entirely vegetarian menu. It is also very environmentally friendly, being the first Certified Green Restaurant in Wisconsin. All of the dishes served here are made from scratch and created using the freshest seasonal, locally grown foods. Ingredients that come from organic or sustainable farming practices are used whenever possible and the restaurant uses a reverse osmosis water purification system. Café Manna also provides a number of vegan, gluten-free, soy-free and raw options, ensuring that everyone will find something delicious here, no matter their dietary restrictions.
Café Manna, 3815 N. Brookfield Road, Brookfield, WI, USA, +1 262 790 2340
The Green Owl Café is Madison’s only vegetarian restaurant and is a delight to both carnivores and herbivores alike. The Green Owl Café uses ingredients supplied by local vendors and takes pride in learning where the food comes from, how it is produced and what the best way to serve it is. In addition to delicious vegetarian dishes, many vegan and raw food options are also available here. The Green Owl Café hosts an annual Vegan Thanksgiving, which is a treat for vegetarians and vegans in the area, but book early as this is a very popular event.
The Green Owl Café, 1970 Atwood Avenue, Madison, WI, USA, +1 608 285 5290
The Cheeze Factory Restaurant offers a 100% vegan and non-GMO menu. There are also many freshly prepared, gluten free dishes available as well. The menu is extensive and the in-house bakery provides a large range of dessert items. Visitors will be impressed at the large variety of vegan dishes that The Cheeze Factory Restaurant offers, including many brunch options and vegan versions of traditional favorites. The atmosphere is warm and nostalgic, making it a great place to stop with the family after a fun day in The Dells.
Circa Celeste is a locally owned café dedicated to supporting local farmers and businesses. All of the dishes are prepared fresh daily, from scratch, without using any box mixes or artificial flavors. The café offers several gluten-free and vegan options and serves organic, fair trade teas and coffees. Locally grown wheatgrass is also a surprising treat available here. Breakfast is served all day, but the made from scratch soups are the true delight. Circa Celeste Café also offers a juice bar where visitors can have fresh fruits, vegetables and herb blends juiced on the spot.
Circa Celeste, 619 Wisconsin Avenue, Racine, WI, USA, +1 262 632 1234
Riverwest Co-op Café is located directly next to the Riverwest Co-op store and serves some of the best vegan and vegetarian food in town. The made-to-order sandwiches, smoothies, soups and desserts are made from organic and locally grown ingredients whenever possible. A full breakfast is served daily, featuring an array of fresh made bakery items and brunch is served on the weekend. The environmentally friendly menu offers a large selection that is sure to please any appetite at a reasonable price.