Food and Refreshments - Milwaukee VA Medical Center
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Milwaukee VA Medical Center


Food and Refreshments

Since 1946, the VA Canteen has offered shops at medical centers around the nation to provide merchandise and services at reasonable prices for Veterans, caregivers, visitors and staff. That tradition continues at your Milwaukee VA where the local Canteen offers all-in-one shopping whether you are looking for a thoughtful gift, state-of-the-art electronics, clothes, a quick snack or even a bigger meal in our food services area.

Food options have gotten even better in the last year with healthy salad from the Farmer's Fridge, sushi from Hissho Sushi or speciality meals from Hidden Kitchen MKE. We also have delectable, grilled and made-to-order sandwiches from Cousins Subs and Mexican specialties from Lopez Bakery, plus our normal grill with breakast, burgers, hot dogs and more. We even serve Starbucks products in our coffee shop.

(As a bonus, the Canteen has some of the best music playing over the loudspeakers to make your dining experience a true pleasure!)

What hours is the VA Canteen open?
The retail shop is open from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Food hours are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Sunday.

Who is authorized to chop and eat at the Canteen?
Veterans, visitors, caregivers and staff can use VA Canteen services. There is no tax at any of our locations. For more on VA Canteens here and nationwide, click here.

What food services are available?
We currently have Hissho Sushi, Cousins Subs, Hidden Kitchen MKE, Farmer's Fridge and Lopez Bakery. Cousins Subs has the same regular menu as their store locations. Hidden Kitchen has a wide variety of food from pizzas to salads to Reuben sandwiches, plus daily breakfast, starting at 8 a.m. We also have the Taco Truck Monday through Friday at the South Entrance. We are always looking for additional food truck options for the spring season. If you'd like to participate, call 414-384-2000, ext. 42509.

Why did the Canteen change food options?
We have always looked for a variety of option. There are more changes to come soon and a few more additions will be announced in 2021.

Can I special order foods or do you provide catering?
You bet we do! Any special food offers can be e-mailed to VCS695@VA.Gov at least a day prior to pick-up.

Important phone numbers:
Kyle Jewell, Canteen chief, ext. 42509
Mark Antczak, assistant Canteen chief, ext. 42505
Corinne Nimmer, assistant Canteen chief, ext. 42504
Virginia Love, coffee manager, ext. 42505
Gerrone Lawson, food supervisor, ext. 42507

Contact Info


  • Building 111, First Floor, Main Hospital

Contact Number(s)

  • 414-384-2000 Ext. 42509

Hours of Operation

  • 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday
    8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday