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Comet Cafe

Comet CafeComet Cafe

Taps: 8 / Bottles: 127
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

20 Ratings
Ratings: 20
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 6.9%
$$ - reasonable


[ Bar, Eatery ]

1947 N Farwell Ave
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53202-1409
United States
phone: (414) 273-7677

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(Place added by: BeerBelcher on 12-16-2006)
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Reviews by mynie:
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mynie

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$

Stopped here for a hangover brunch in between Brewers games. The bloody mary was the best I've ever had. The beer selection? Okay, but nothing special.

The place was packed at 10:30 AM on a Wednesday, so I'd imagine it'd be pretty hard to get into during the weekend. The vibe was hipstery, and again that would probably intensify at night so venture in at your own risk. During our visit it was fine. But I know stuff like that can get quickly out of hand for some of y'all.

Personally, I don't got nothing against hipsters. Especially foodie hipsters, and especially when those foodie hipsters are making me food. Good god, the food here was excellent. The best poutine I've ever had in the states and a vegetarian breakfast platter that was to die for.

But the beer--like I said, the selection ain't nothing special. They do a good job of displaying it--each beer is given its own trading card, and the "menu" is a leatherette booklet containing said cards. But the selection wasn't all that special. (Signs did make mention of a semi-exclusive beer club that met periodically to share rare, cellared beers, but this news was of little use to a tourist like myself) Still, there was a beer for nearly every mood, and taking that into account along with the quality of the food, I'd call this place a borderline must-visit.

07-30-2013 21:14:59 | More by mynie
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teamwiggum

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

02-17-2014 03:36:29 | More by teamwiggum
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Klinesausage

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -4.8%

11-25-2013 20:39:51 | More by Klinesausage
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Cindy_C

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

11-10-2013 05:24:22 | More by Cindy_C
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TheRealPour

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.8%

10-30-2013 00:22:45 | More by TheRealPour
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atone315

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

10-16-2013 13:05:21 | More by atone315
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.64/5  rDev -13.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$

I enjoyed this place mostly because of its access to where I was staying. friendly environment,though there are ven friendlier ones in the city. a couple of bars and tables, enough room for me but i can see where it can get very crowded on the weekends. Only a handful of taps, and that rarely changes, for example 3 Floyds mild is always on. A good bottle selection, but then again almost everything available in the stores. Reasonable prices. Again, location was the best part of this for me, as well as being reasonable safe part of town.

09-05-2011 13:10:57 | More by Sammy
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$

Stopped in here last night with a couple BA buddies for dinner.

Typical diner look and feel. Tap handles and chalkboards with beer specials are the only clue that it's more than a typical greasy spoon.

The beer list is pretty solid. Not and amazing tap list but the bottle list is quite long. I come here for the food mostly. It just so happens that I can enjoy a top tier craft brew with my entree. Speaking of the food. It is top notch. Homestyle comfort food any grandma would be proud of.

Service is always a touch slow but nothing I can't overlook.

Overall a great place for down home cooking served with a great beer.

08-25-2011 17:15:58 | More by beerwolf77
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bierbrauer

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

Visited Comet Cafe (Comet Coffee Shop appears to be a dated BA title) for lunch. Open, but split interior, with cafe seating on north side, bar & booths to south and tables outside. Varied clientele, including a family with 3 generations represented. The tables and booths appeared to be full, but it didn't feel crowded. Received immediate seat and service at bar, with separate menus for food and for beer/wine/mixed drinks.

8 taps that the web site states "rotate daily." Range of choices today included Reissdorf Kolsch, 3 Floyds Pride & Joy, Unibroue Éphémère Cassis, Bells Oberon, Stillwater Statesman Saison, Founders Breakfast Stout, Ommegang Aphrodite, Oskar Blues GUBNA -- 4 under, 4 over 6% ABV. Menu showed 120 bottles, divided into 10 categories -- Pilsners; Ales (largest group); Wheat, White & Fruity; Belgian & Belgian Style Ales; Lagers; Stouts; Porters; Ciders; Strong Ales; and Barley Wines. Bottle menu included Dogfish Head World Wide Stout, an all but extinct species in WI since DFH (& Stone) pulled their distribution.

Alert, attentive and knowledgable bartenders provided info, taste samples, well-drawn taps and infinite ice water. Has been a "serious beer bar" for six years and the help is clearly invested in beer knowledge and culture. Offers weekly specials, e.g. Wednesday $1 off taps, Saturday $1 off craft bottles and Sunday $2.50 3 Floyd's taps + free bacon(!)

I had the 3F P&J, thinking "what has kept me from trying this acclaimed midwest brewery?" Over-the-top six pack art design, association with a disgraced cyclist or who knows? Whatever the source of my previous hesitations, it was a very good mild ale and I look forward to discovering their other types. Arriving promptly, the Vegetable Heaven Salad w/ grilled chicken was a direct hit, with fresh and varied greens, lightly roasted peppers and a very good ginger dressing. With this delicious salad, I tried the Unibroue Saison, knowing it would be well out of my normal taste zone. But that's something I appreciated about Comet, the potential of trying something that's a bit off center.

Overall, it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience and I look forward to future visits to Comet Cafe.

08-20-2011 20:00:09 | More by bierbrauer
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DabblinWiscCraft

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$

I lived around the block from Comet for three years, and it was a place I would frequent at least once a week during that span. It has a fun vibe: While it certainly caters to the hipsters, it also is a place that absolutely values good beer, good cocktails, and good food. I love that they put on beer schools and really work to educate the community and their clientele on new and rare specialty offerings. The bartenders--for the most part--are very knowledgeable and friendly, and the wait staff are usually friendly and sometimes knowledgeable. The food is dubbed "slow food," and it is all along the vein of classic American comfort foods. There are also many dishes that appeal to vegans and vegetarians on the menu. Everything I've had there is great. My favorite would have to be their Commuter Sandwich (perfect with sourdough, eggs over medium, provolone, and bacon) for around 5 bucks. As others have mentioned, the tap selection is limited; but they always have good crafts in rotation, and they have a very solid collection of bottles.

Much like this site, Comet is a place that respects and appreciates beer and wants to share that respect and appreciation with others. When I think of Milwaukee beer destinations, this place is right at the top of the list (which is incredible considering it only has 8 taps). This is a great place to bring friends who are just visiting Milwaukee. You won't be disappointed.

07-11-2011 08:06:04 | More by DabblinWiscCraft
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Comet Cafe in Milwaukee, WI
93 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.