Comet Cafe

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Bar, Eatery

1947 N Farwell Ave
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53202-1409
United States

(414) 273-7677 | map

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Reviews by emerge077:
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Checked into the Comet Cafe after a stop next door at Bullseye Records, on a recommendation from the folks over at Green Gallery.

A total doppelgänger interior, night/day setup of a bar half and a diner half. Scratches both itches I guess, or maybe just appeals to different crowds. On the bar side, brown naugahyde booths are along the wall, under wildlife scenes of geese and beavers. Narrow chairs at the bar with a flatscreen or two. Even with these modern touches, it still felt like something out of Ghost World or Twin Peaks.

A handsome tap tower held gems like NG Unplugged Cranbic, FFF Broodoo, La Chouffe, He'Brew 13th, and a couple others. Bottle list was very extensive, even including a traditional lambic, Hanssens Oude Gueuze, and Jolly Pumpkin Fuego (listed as Autumnal Fire) & Calabaza Blanca.

Service was attentive, it seemed like there was a shift change going on with several staff members around. One surly guy was cutting fruit/etc. in front of us, occasionally cursing someone late on the next shift. Oh well, the beer was good, and so was our bartender. Large hipster contingent in this area, as identified by earlier reviews...

Nov 28, 2009
More User Reviews:
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bowzer4birdie from Illinois

4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Mar 01, 2016
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BarrelAgedG from California

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Feb 07, 2016
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Angerhaus from Rhode Island

3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Nov 25, 2015
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adamranders from Wisconsin

3.84/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Nov 02, 2015
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Hendrick24 from Wisconsin

4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Jun 17, 2015
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4.88/5  rDev +15.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

May 16, 2015
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djhowell from Wisconsin

4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Apr 30, 2015
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RJB66 from Wisconsin

4.56/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Jan 10, 2015
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Rilesmiles from Wisconsin

4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Dec 23, 2014
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AndyEdgar from Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.2%

Oct 18, 2014
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WesMKE from Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Aug 30, 2014
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patdunkel from Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Jul 25, 2014
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Eman17 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Jul 24, 2014
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Dief88 from Indiana

4/5  rDev -5.2%

Jul 14, 2014
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BLTalpos from Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Jun 23, 2014
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robear from Wisconsin

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.75

Milwaukee's quintessential comfort food diner.

Atmosphere- diner on one side, bar on the other. Love the design. Gets cozy but not uncomfortable. Eat at the diner counter, in a booth, or at the bar. Something for everybody.

Quality- expect a good beer selection from good craft breweries. Some macros in cans as well. Food is locally sourced.

Service- servers and bartenders have always been awesome and friendly here.

Selection- 10-ish taps and about 40 cans? Usually there is a beer or two I'd like to try on tap. If not, the food is so good that I can be satisfied with a can of Dale's Pale or a bottle from Central Waters. Occasional awesome beers like ZD, Hopslam, Black Husky.

Food- Well made. Locally sourced. Expect heaping quantities (read: share) and lots of cheese/deep-frying/grease. That being said, the best meatloaf in MKE. Some GREAT vegetarian options, too. Sunday night is bacon basket night- free basket of bacon with a drink purchase. Be forewarned- I think it's deep-fried.

Value- great bang for your buck. You'll leave full with left-overs. Beer prices are right on target and you can often get a happy hour deal.

May 24, 2014
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teamwiggum from Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Feb 17, 2014
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Klinesausage from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -5.2%

Nov 25, 2013
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Cindy_C from Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Nov 10, 2013
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TheRealPour from Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.2%

Oct 30, 2013
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atone315 from Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Oct 16, 2013
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mynie from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Jul 30, 2013
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.64/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Sep 05, 2011
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beerwolf77 from Wisconsin

3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Aug 25, 2011
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