Jill Check and Dynami Al-Anjeri of On the Way Café stand
in front of a mural in their restaurant that was
completed by Mequon artist Bridget King.
Photo by Mark Justesen
MEQUON — At Mequon’s newest café, breakfast can mean
anything from eggs over easy to raw apple pie made with
cashew cream, or a Quinoa kale bowl topped with maple
do all these items have in common? Nothing – except the
freshest ingredients available.
the Way Café, which celebrated six months of business
Aug. 14, was opened by Mequon resident Jill Check. After
noting that there was no local restaurant devoted to
organic food, Check made fresh ingredients the top
priority when designing the restaurant and its menu.
use whatever tastes best,” said Steve Perlstein,
co-manager and head chef. “This is the first restaurant
I have worked at where, given the choice between a
cheaper, more conventional ingredient, and a more
expensive organic one, will choose the latter.”
their search for healthy ingredients, the restaurant
does not have to look far. Their tofu, served in dishes
such as the Hippy Bowl, comes from Simple Soyman, a
Milwaukee company. Their maple syrup, a staple in their
Quinoa Breakfast Bowl, is from Slow Pokes in Grafton.
The dessert case
and the wine selection are both popular features.
Photo by Mark Justesen
Along with breakfast, lunch and dinner entrees, the café
has a versatile beverage menu that includes craft beers,
juices, smoothies and teas. The desserts, all vegan and
gluten-free, are a customer-favorite.
pies typically sell out quickly every day,” said
co-manager Dynami Al-Anjeri. “A lot of people are
skeptical about vegan desserts, and ask how you can make
a dessert without cream. We use cashew milk.”
a classically trained French chef, so I’m used to using
cream in everything” added Perlstein. “These desserts
are really, really good.”
Following a successful first few months of business,
Perlstein and Al-Anjeri said they hope to grow the
café’s business. They plan to implement event catering,
including a special- order service for athletes and
other groups who may want healthy take-out food.
Growing the business also means extending its reach
beyond the Mequon area. With plans to open more
locations in the greater Milwaukee area, the café hopes
to share its commitment to organic food with more
everyone realizes that healthy food can be really
delicious,” said Al-Anjeri. “We want to prove it to