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Coffee Makes You Black

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Hakim Z


Some places transcend service and decor with history and relevance. This is such a place. The waitresses are the backbone of this establishment and I saw the disappointment on one of their faces when she unraveled too few dollars for the tip. If you like your coffee black this is the place for you and with the specialty item on the menu that you can only get here will surely keep you coming back for this local hit. Many organizations hold their functions here like the ACLU and pastors recently met for a breakfast meeting. Book signing are held here as well. .

Peru S


Great service. ..extraordinary food... Luv the respect ... Great place....from Sonny at Deps hall of fades 2700 w Lisbon. ..grits off the chain...

Jonnaia B


Great atmosphere, amazing service, and impeccable food ! I love Coffee Makes You Black !!



Yumm! Awsome easygoing place with amazing food and superior service.

Daniel L


This is the BEST, GREAT FOOD, GREAT FOOD,WONDERFUL STAFF, AND THE BEST CLIENTELE, you'll see great people here. You gonna like the coffee too!!

August K


The food, service, and atmosphere is absolutely great. Great brunch and fish fry. Also, try the fresh brewed mango iced tea.

Phylann R


First time here. Prices are up there. I think you should be able to substitute your meat. Nice atmosphere thou

Luckie S


I Love This Place Great Food Great Service Try The Chicken Tenders & Waffles

melissa J


Lovely, respectful, caring, good food

Aaron A


Great customer service, very polite and efficient. Great food and a caring atmosphere. I recommend to all friends and family.

Andeja A


If you want to know what the heart of the community is you must first go to coffee makes you black it is the best restaurant in the city hands down and not just because of the food but also because of the people that served in every capacity for our city

Luckie S


I Love This Place Great Food Great Service Try The Chicken Tenders & Waffles

Tracy T


The service was great and the food was excellent the coffee came in such a big cup you did not need any refills

James R


The food and service was very good and served timely

Nicole C


I enjoyed the atmosphere and the wait staff was very friendly.

Dray F



Frank B


Great food, Awesome environment, steeped in culture...relaxed with melodic ambience! I will be back...Highly recommended!!

Andre P


This is home! Much love and respect to the ownership, staff and patrons who always keep the environment welcoming.

Alex J


Well today I ordered an omelet with onions, cheese & peppers with no toast and a side of breakfast potatoes with the works ( no mushrooms on my order).

When she brought it to me, my plate looked so good. Everything was cooked to perfection; no lies.


billi d


Amazing staff, the owners are hardworking people. Great comfort food

Scott K


A Milwaukee gem. Great food, great coffee and great folks who run it.

Alicia H


Really like the decor..the food is great and the coffee is awesome...the customer service skills are way below average.

wazita s


Love the atmosphere! Service & food was great.

Ken B


Friendly wait staff and ambiance. Food your Southern grandmother would make

Paul M


The best place in Milwaukee for family, friends and business owners to have meetings and networking. Keep up the great work! The community needs you.



Great food! Could brush up.on Customer service and timing. Also great atmosphere

Ruben H


Live the experience and the music! The food is always great. If you are in a hurry, call ahead.

Better T


FIRST TIMER ‼Good food; nice environment; Loved the Art😄

Sandra D


Customer service was very poor. The wait time just to be acknowledge was longer than normal. Our waitress didn't really have a clue on what to do but that's not her fault. When the food finally did come we got pancakes that were very hard we couldn't eat them we even sent them back and got the same thing on the new set. The chicken and waffles were good. I just can't take the chance of ever going back.

Georgia R


I love this place . But it's slow as hell. I got here at ten after ten it's now 11:12 we still don't have our food .

willie c


Excellent service and atmosphere. Good food

Marvell K


Love it.... one thing I would say is the restaurant should have greeters at the door.

Sunshine O


Great atmosphere, Good food. Slow service. But I would definitely go back when I'm not in a hurry.

Spiritual S


The person that took my order seemed bothered, everyone else were nice, the food was great!

denise w


I ordered my food over the phone and they told me it would be ready in 20mins. After an extra 30 mins of waiting when i got there to pick up my food it was finally ready.

Raven C


The food was out of this world and the service was impeccable! You gotta try'em! #BucketList

LeShone H


The name itself draws attention. This establishment serves much more than coffee. They do have food specials and daily deals. It is also a black owned establishment with history on the walls, various unique finds, and cultural connections with positive interactions. 5 Stars!

Antonio C


Everything was good. Service, food, and aura.

Toinette J


Omg.....that omelet...say no mo...was the bomb....the whole breakfast meal was it...will be coming back again...

Gerita S


Fresh, delicious food in an inspiring atmosphere. Also owned by Lovely people who'll make you proud (of them)!

Ruby E


Food is amazing, the tea is awesome, you must put your great conversation or lap top work that needs to be handled because there is a wait for your food order but trust it's worth the wait. The atmosphere is smooth they have a great music selection along with a great temperament of clientele.

Russell G


The Food was delightful Chicken & Waffles & a community event for a Black political leader running for office ( seat ) for the Governor of Wisconsin made my day

Krista R


Good food and very yummy tea! Neat conversion of an old bank to a restaurant.

Timothy T


The tea is out of sight the food is great I recommend people they’re coming into town make that his favorite spot great food

Robert B


We love Coffee Makes You Black... Owner and staff are extremely welcoming and I can't drink enough of the "House" Mango & Ginger Tea. We support those culturally connected businesses in MKE making a true difference in our community.

Everette F


All i have to say is that Perkins better watch out the food is great the staff is great the location is great and the prices are very great

Leland P


Consistently some of the best soul food in the state! Particular fan of the chicken and waffles and their tea - I've gotten their catfish and grits too, which was delicious. They're not the fastest place in the world, but the spot is much more about the atmosphere and socializing with the people you came with. Enjoy your tea and company!

Tamiera B


I liked the place. The vibe is really nice. The food is good but the wait is extremely long. I got there at 12:40 I didn't get my food until 1:40.

Brittany S


Long wait but totally worth it! Staff seemed a little timid and soft spoken but still made sure everything was good for you and that you had everything you needed. Was there till after close and never felt rushed or anything either! Will be back! Had the chicken and waffles was definitely great!

Karla D



Valencia H


Beautiful atmosphere, very friendly staff. The patrons are nice, too. The pictures that are hanging are original and prints of famous black people. I love that. The food is delicious. I recommend Coffee Makes you Black.

Barbara M


Hospitality, intergenerational cultural lifelong learning & awareness. Enhanced perspective on how we got to where we are & from whence we come.... good foods, coffee & teas



The best place to meet up with old friends from high school but it is the bomb good food good music good service

Kang S


Coffee Makes You Black is a good restuarant establishment that provides good customer service, and very good food. My suggestion would be to improve the dining area experience. New tables and chairs that are one design would be my suggestion.



Excellent food. Whatever you have on the menu you cannot go wrong!

Elina L


Nice place service was a little slow and there were not a lot of people there for it to be as slow. Overall food was good.

Ingrid L


I went here for a late breakfast and had a wonderful, fresh omelet with the works. It comes with toast. I also ordered turkey sausage and salmon cakes. The salmon cakes were made to order. Very delicious! The restaurant has nice art and a great vibe! I'd love to visit again! I wish I'd taken pictures but I gobbled it up before I remembered!



Excellent American breakfast with a few soul food flares to make it unique. Prices are very reasonable and the atmosphere is laid back. Would totally be 4 stars if food service was faster. Never a wait to be seated but can easily wait 30 plus to get your meal. Take some reading materials and you will be fine.

Jay S


Food was delicious, server made you feel like family. Love this place. Can't wait to go back

navalon e


My first experience here and everything was incredible. I love the atmosphere and smooth music along with a great welcoming feel. London was both friendly and consistent with making sure I had everything I needed. I ordered the delicious chicken n waffles and fried potatoes and both were mind blowing! Hot fresh syrup and more than enough to get you through your meal. Laurie the owner was a delight and very personable. A great way to both start and end your trip in Milwaukee. A true experience.

Alfonso T


Great food pretty reasonable prices. Waitresses r nice. Could do better on wait time. Overall a pretty decent place

Brenae C


I was highly disappointed on my visit! I brought my grandmother who had talked this place up to be the heaven of breakfasts! Or so she heard...

The wait was terribly long! The service was very minimal because they had rented the venue to a group of individuals who were having a meeting, Which was loud and intrusive!

The food finally came and I was disappointed yet again. Ordered chicken & waffles and a chicken wrap. It came with the tomatoes that I asked to be removed! Average at best...

I would’ve been more satisfied if grandma woulda just cooked for us at home 🤷🏽‍♀️

Not totally opposed to supporting again simply because it’s black owned.. next time I’ll just order a muffin & coffee or something light.

Rosie R


Absoute must! I've had chicken and waffles for years in Houston, and their plate was the best I've ever had! The seasoning in the chicken is TASTY AND UNIQUE! It's not a super thick, greasy crust, yet bursts with flavor and juices!!! (How can they get chicken to taste even more chickeny flavor?!)? Presentation was gorgeous topped w/ whipped butter running in the crispy waffle ridges (i wanted to swim in it when I poured the syrup on top, and I was given whipped cream generously, and in my coffee, no extra $). Chicken was piping hot, and the tables have hot sauce for us folks that need it spicy!!! PRICE CAN'T BE BEAT!!!! The wait maybe a bit longer than usual but WORTH IT. Kid and work friendly. Very nice staff. Not the typical gentrified hipster place, so don't expect, or compare it to that (THIS IS BETTER). Super cool spot hidden inside of what I think was an old bank on the corner of the block. Enjoy!

Lakisha S


Man listen, went here for breakfast on a Thursday had the Salmon pattie breakfast smh OFF. THE. CHAIN. So much so I had to go back the next day and had the chicken and waffles! AGAIN nothing short of amazing!! Service was GREAT! Staff was very friendly! The atmosphere is diverse and laid back! I could definitely go in here have coffee, breakfast and read a book or go and have an intimate conversation and meal! I'm mad at myself it took me THIS long to visit this place. It is definitely a new favorite!! Probably will be back today. 🌻

Priority N


Great place to have a good meal in milwaukee...I will go back again and again

La T


I would recommend this restaurant to anyone that loves great food, nice, clean, cozy environment! My family owns this and are doing an excellent job!!!!👏😘🤗

Peter G


Excellent food and service. Interesting clientele and a hip, historic building.

Diana D


It been awhile since I've been there but the breakfast I mean the dinner was real good I don't know about it now I've been so long

Velma F


Great food stop in if ever want a good place to eat right portion size exlenat cooks wonderful waitress pleasant atmosphere

Travis S


This place is awesome. Had the catfish, eggs, and grits and loved it. Came at a really busy time but the wait was completely worth it! Enjoyed the atmosphere as well with all the art hanging on the walls.

Darryl D


The best coffee ship I’ve been to in Milwaukee! The food was really delicious Black Owned!! The owner is very nice and held a great conversation with me about the business and future plans. You can’t go wrong stopping here for coffee or food!!

Cecilia S


Excellent food,great service,friendly and welcoming atmosphere. It will be my first stop when I come back through Milwaukee! I loved the art also!!!!

Montanez D


Terrible customer service ; me and my boyfriend went to order food it came 30 mins late and over priced for small portions of food that we specifically asked for double. Portion of egg paid $9:00 for a small cup of it . They need to be better at giving people there moneys worth

Lael J.



This is my new favorite breakfast spot in Milwaukee. Excellent service, good food, and beautiful people. Our waitress was very attentive. The other this and 21 more

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