Jo's Cafe

★★★★★

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this is a perfect breakfast spot, very affordable, and they aim to please

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this is a perfect breakfast spot, very affordable, and they aim to please

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Okay, it's not five star *dining*, but it gets five stars. Jo's Cafe is one of the finest diner/sandwich shops in Milwaukee.

My great aunt used to live right around the corner from Jo's (possibly named something else under a previous owner), and one day when I was visiting, I discovered that she frequently ate at this quaint little joint just out her back door and down the alley (probably not safe these days, but this was years ago). I hadn't visited it in years, having quite simply forgotten about it, but I thankfully rediscovered it.

The place is small. Four (yes, four) 4-seater tables and a short counter, with a short-order cook and a giant griddle cooking your food right there. Correction, it's TINY, and it looks like it was built in an earlier era, with a very dated and quaint feel to it, but don't let that turn you off. The food is great, it is almost always crowded, and it is definitely worth the wait.

The food is uncomplicated, but there's so much of it that you really can't go away hungry. It's hypnotic to watch the food being prepared, ranging from massive omelets and awesome American fries, to a specialty called hoffel poffel, a gigantic mix of scrambled eggs, potatoes, onions, salami and cheese. Want lunch? They've got it. Daily specials are available, with hearty fare such as meat loaf, real mashed potatoes, gravy, and lots of other homemade goodies available. Sandwiches and burgers are large and fresh. Jo's closes mid-afternoon, however, so best not to be late!

Suggest parking on Silver Spring in front if you can. Four spaces in front of the building, or plenty of spaces one block west on Silver Spring. The neighborhood has gotten a bit dodgy in recent years, and the only real alternative is a rather quiet residential street.

We make a point of driving across the county to go to breakfast at Jo's several times a year, plus breakfast or lunch whenever we happen to be in the area.

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★★★★★

Okay, it's not five star *dining*, but it gets five stars. Jo's Cafe is one of the finest diner/sandwich shops in Milwaukee.

My great aunt used to live right around the corner from Jo's (possibly named something else under a previous owner), and one day when I was visiting, I discovered that she frequently ate at this quaint little joint just out her back door and down the alley (probably not safe these days, but this was years ago). I hadn't visited it in years, having quite simply forgotten about it, but I thankfully rediscovered it.

The place is small. Four (yes, four) 4-seater tables and a short counter, with a short-order cook and a giant griddle cooking your food right there. Correction, it's TINY, and it looks like it was built in an earlier era, with a very dated and quaint feel to it, but don't let that turn you off. The food is great, it is almost always crowded, and it is definitely worth the wait.

The food is uncomplicated, but there's so much of it that you really can't go away hungry. It's hypnotic to watch the food being prepared, ranging from massive omelets and awesome American fries, to a specialty called hoffel poffel, a gigantic mix of scrambled eggs, potatoes, onions, salami and cheese. Want lunch? They've got it. Daily specials are available, with hearty fare such as meat loaf, real mashed potatoes, gravy, and lots of other homemade goodies available. Sandwiches and burgers are large and fresh. Jo's closes mid-afternoon, however, so best not to be late!

Suggest parking on Silver Spring in front if you can. Four spaces in front of the building, or plenty of spaces one block west on Silver Spring. The neighborhood has gotten a bit dodgy in recent years, and the only real alternative is a rather quiet residential street.

We make a point of driving across the county to go to breakfast at Jo's several times a year, plus breakfast or lunch whenever we happen to be in the area.

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