From cozy mac and “cheese” cups to juicy burgers, these eight vegan restaurants in Wisconsin focus on flavor-packed dishes that will please both vegans and meat-eaters alike.
Green Owl Cafe
Since opening its doors in 2009, Green Owl Cafe has been the only cafe in Madison to offer both vegan and vegetarian items on its menu. The spot is a cozy yet rustic neighborhood hangout with eccentric furniture and a comfortable outdoor patio. The menu offers comfort foods like soups, chilies, mac and cheese (made with veggie and cashew cheese sauce), burgers and more.
To learn more about Green Owl Cafe, visit greenowlcafe.com.
A farm-to-cart food truck, you can find the Vengan Pa’Ka mobile spot around Madison a few times a week. The dining gem offers a fully vegan-based menu with ingredients that are sustainably grown, organic and plant-based. The spot is environmentally friendly and focuses on sustainable practices. Some must-try options include the spinach and leek soup as well as the mushroom sandwich melt.
To learn more about Vengan Pa’Ka, visit venganpaka.com.
From its local shop and goods delivered straight to your front door, the Bloom Bakeshop in Madison County offers both vegan and non-vegan baked goods, perfect for gatherings with loved ones who are vegan–or not. The artisan shop bakes with high-quality ingredients for a rotating, seasonal menu. Some current vegan holiday favorites include the ginger molasses snickerdoodle, caramel apple hand pies and the oat-mallow cookie pies.
To learn more about Bloom Bakeshop, visit bloombakeshop.com.
A fully plant-based vegan spot, Twisted Plants will make you do a double-take with dishes you will not believe aren’t meat. The spot offers faux hot wings (a must to try), hamburgers, hot dogs and other classic American favorites.
To learn more about Twisted Plants, visit twistedplants.com.
A Mediterranean-style spot on Sherman Avenue, Banzo offers vegan, vegetarian and traditional dishes in Madison. The restaurant is a self-serve buffet with a selection of salads, roasted veggies, traditional loaves of bread and many other vegan-friendly options to choose from.
To learn more about Banzo, visit banzomadison.com.
On The Bus
A healthy spot in Milwaukee Public Market, On The Bus offers an all-vegan menu that features American staples like burgers and fries, in addition to an assortment of smoothie bowls and ice cream.
To learn more about On the Bus, visit onthebusmke.com.
Urban Beets Cafe & Juicery
Locally owned and operated, Urban Beets Cafe & Juicery offers a plant-based menu with fresh, vegan and gluten-free fare. The spot is mainly a juicery with freshly pressed juices but also boasts whole smoothies and made-to-order salads.
To learn more about Urban Beets Cafe & Juicery, visit urbanbeetscafe.com.
Cheeze Factory Restaurant
The Cheeze Factory Restaurant in Baraboo is every vegan’s go-to in Wisconsin. The spot is a local favorite and features a vast selection of food types from the Mediterranean to Italian. Each dish is plant-based and implements faux meat, fresh veggies and savory sides.
To learn more about Cheeze Factory Restaurant, visit cheezefactoryrestaurant.com.