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Farwell Avenue

Photos by Dan Bishop

October 2013

The Comet Cafe

Farwell Avenue is an East Side iconic destination where people congregate for food, fun and libations in a blend of historic locales and new businesses.


Browse Little Monsters for an eclectic mix of clothing and toys from the United States, Europe, Asia and South Africa. Accessories, shoes, books — even a little candy — are part of the mix at this shop that opened in August. With an inventory of classic wooden toys, handmade originals and a few tacky plastic trinkets tossed in for good measure, shoppers won’t be disappointed. 2445 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 964-2323,

For more than 40 years, the Village Bazaar has brought the world to its customers. Journey around the store for original and handmade items from more than 50 countries, including decorative arts, jewelry, textiles and furniture. Unique finds include a large representation of Baltic Amber and handmade crafts like decorative woodcarvings from far-off places. 2201 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 224-9675

EE-Sane Thai Cuisine


Located in the heart of the East Side, the Oriental Theatre is a vintage gem. The 86-year-old movie palace, decorated in Eastern Indian style, primarily shows independent and foreign films. During a 2009 renovation, the theater added two more screens, a bar and a gourmet concession stand. 2230 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 276-5140,


Originally opened as a coffee shop in 1995, The Comet Café has evolved into a bar and restaurant during the past 18 years. The café loosely follows the slow food movement using fresh, seasonal ingredients for its made-from-scratch dishes. Along with an abundance of vegan and vegetarian menu options, Comet is devoted to all things bacon. 1947 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 273-7677,

Simple Café, a farm-to-table restaurant, is committed to changing the world one bite at a time. The restaurant, which opened in January, uses locally grown seasonal ingredients to serve up familiar dishes with inventive twists. With its cheerful palette of primary colors, the café’s dining room is the perfect feel-good space for feeding on feel-good food. 2124 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 271-2124

For exceptional Thai cuisine check out EE-Sane Thai Cuisine. This East Side mainstay actually serves both traditional Thai food and Laotian food. Despite the modest décor, service is efficient and friendly. House specialties range from papaya salad and seafood soup to volcano dishes and several curries. 1806 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 224-8284

Von Trier


For a taste of traditional Indian cuisine, visit Maharaja. The menu, which focuses on both the northern and southern cuisines of India, features chicken, lamb, goat, seafood and vegetarian specialties. Diners can choose from an array of Indian beers like Taj Mahal, Flying Horse and Kingfisher to complement their meals. 1550 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 276-2250,


Billed as Milwaukee’s East Side fun center, Landmark Lanes boasts 16 bowling lanes, eight pool tables, foosball, air hockey, bumper pool, darts and an arcade. And with three bar areas, there’s never a problem bellying up to try one of the 169 varieties of beer available. 2220 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 278-8770,

Yo Factory


One of Milwaukee’s most famous cocktail lounges, Von Trier offers an expansive selection of European beers, a German beer garden and bottomless baskets of popcorn. Originally known as Reider’s, the authentic German lounge traces its roots back nearly a century. John and Cindy Sidhoff, who also own nearby Hooligans, bought and renovated the iconic East Side bar in 2009. 2235 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 272-1775,


Create delicious, edible art with more than 60 toppings at Yo Factory. Twin brothers Jeremy and Justin Packe joined Milwaukee’s fro-yo craze when they opened the East Side frozen yogurt shop 18 months ago. An inviting, contemporary lounge-like atmosphere compels customers to relax and linger with their cups of yogurt. 2203 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 988-4562,


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