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Start your day right with a healthy (or just big and greasy) breakfast. Here's a guide to the best in Milwaukee, and please use the talkback feature at the end of the story to add your favorites, too.
Beans & Barley
1901 E. North Ave. (414) 278-7878
An East Side favorite, Beans & Barley serves up breakfast between 8 and 12a.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. on weekends. Selections include pancakes, French toast, quiche, eggs, omelets, breakfast burritos, biscuits and pastries - including a "scone of the day" for only $1.25.
Benji's Delicatessen & Restaurant
4156 N. Oakland Ave., (414) 332-7777
8683 N. Port Washington Road, (414) 228-5130
Open daily from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. (with the exception of Wednesdays when hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays when they open at 9 a.m.), they serve a good Yiddish, deli-style breakfast in a '50s-like setting. It hasn't changed a bit over the years. Offerings include Hoppel Poppel and fried Matzoh.
Broadway Cafe & Bakery
5901 W. Vliet St. (414) 431-2880
This little bakery supplies many of the wholesome homemade breads you find in other eateries around town. Open early (6:30 a.m.) on weekdays and a little later on the weekends (8 a.m.), the cafe serves a smaller-scale breakfast than the brunch menu, including made-to-order omelets, creme brulee oatmeal, and mini-morning bun French toast from 7 to 11 a.m.
Café at the Plaza
1007 N. Cass St. (414) 272-2494
Open daily from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., they serve delicious traditional breakfast fare during those hours. The Plaza Scrambler is a a great buy and will keep you full well into the afternoon.
Cafe at the Pfister424 E. Wisconsin Ave., (414) 390-3878
Elegance and convenience combine in this charming patisserie/breakfast cafe located in the entrance of the historic Pfister Hotel. Opening at 6:00 a.m. daily, the Cafe offers standard breakfast options as well as an on-the-go menu that includes pastries, oatmeal, muffins, quiche and breakfast sandwiches. Gourmet Starbucks coffee is also featured.
2608 N. Downer Ave., (414) 963-6342
7677 W. State St.,Wauwatosa, (414) 475-6771
Its great to hear of new places bringing the sit down breakfast back. Cafe Hollander serves a full breakfast menu of Danish twists from 8 to 11 a.m. daily. And even though they begin the lunch menu at 11 a.m., a few breakfast specialties (including the Veggie Quiche and Mrs. Hollander) carry over throughout the day.
7615 W. State St., Wauwatosa, (414) 453-2300
11046 N. Port Washington Road, Mequon (262) 241-3450
Although these locations only serve breakfast on the weekends that should not stop you from checking out their breakfast menus from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
The City Market Cafe
2205 E. Capitol Dr., (414) 962-0100
8700 W. Watertown Plank Rd., (414) 479-0470
527 E. Silver Spring Dr., (414) 332-0300
The City Market has been famous for providing Milwaukee-area small businesses with gourmet European-style pastries and bread (the cinnamon scone is particularly yearned-for). But if you want to go straight to the source, they also have several cafes serving breakfast and gourmet coffee. Operating hours vary on location, so check the website.
1947 N. Farwell Ave. (414) 273-7677
After being remodeled in the middle of 2005, this cafe turned restaurant is offering breakfast on the weekends from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All dishes can be made vegan if desired.
8775 N. Port Washington Road (414) 228-6930
The all-day café located in the River Point Shopping Center opens at 6:30 a.m. on weekdays and 7:30 on weekends. For breakfast they serve breakfast bagels, muffins and baked omelet sandwiches. They're also known for their specialty espresso drinks - and there's free wi-fi.
The Eatery on Farwell
2014 N. Farwell Ave.
Open for breakfast at 8:00 a.m., The Eatery features an extensive menu of breakfast standards as well as some gourmet dishes - but if you're not feeling adventurous, they offer a 2-egg special with American fries and toast for only $5.95. The full bar is also well-equipped for any and all of your Bloody Mary or mimosa needs.
Open 24 hours, Webb's specializes in breakfast food that is fast and cheap, and they certainly don't have a shortage of locations:
N88 W16747 Appleton Ave. (262) 255-2170
6108 W. Bluemound Road (414) 453-2392
19555 W. Bluemound Road (262) 789-0480
9112 W. Brown Deer Road (414) 354-7204
211 N. Chicago Ave. (414) 762-8801
1828 N. Farwell Ave. (414) 271-8477
4845 W. Forest Home Ave. (414) 327-4010
10706 W. Greenfield Ave. (414) 258-6090
7227 W. Greenfield Ave. (414) 774-0190
14005 W. Greenfield Ave. (262) 797-9882
12528 W. Hampton Ave. (262) 781-9780
6181 S. Howell Ave. (414) 764-4880
2012 W. Layton Ave. (414) 282-2460
7510 W. Layton Ave. (414) 281-9696
4160 W. Loomis Road (414) 545-6565
2028 W. Mitchell St. (414) 645-9600
3636 S. Moorland Road (262) 827-4007
3433 W. National Ave. (414) 384-5221
12201 W. North Ave. (414) 774-4377
2935 N. Oakland Ave. (414) 332-6044
4666 S. Packard Ave. (414) 747-1399
7410 W. State St. (414) 475-9084
139 E. Sunset Dr. (262) 544-2007
7368 N. Teutonia Ave. (414) 352-6041
5110 S. 108th St. (414) 529-0286
812 N. 3rd St. (414) 278-0225
3133 S. 92nd St. (414) 541-5666
7105 S. 76th St. (414) 425-2664
6231 S. 27th St. (414) 761-5991
803 N. 16th St. (414) 933-1520
6823 N Green Bay Ave., (414) 352-1940
Previously named JA's Cafe, Glen Cafe has taken over the duty of serving up breakfast to locals throughout the North Side. Open daily at 6:30, Glen Cafe offers a menu stacked with everything from eggs to omelets to cereals and specials.
Honeypie Cafe and Bakery
2643 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.Milwaukee, (414) 489-7437
Midwestern-inspired food made from scratch the way that your grandparents made it. Located in Bay View, this cafe uses local meats, produce and other ingredients. The idea is that best ingredients come from Wisconsin. Serving breakfast from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday to Friday.
John's Sandwich Shoppe
8913 W. North Ave., (414) 257-9347
John's serves up breakfast seven days a week in this 1950s-style cafe. Offering the basics as well as a few added specialties, John's is the perfect place to combine coffee, breakfast and the paper.
1030 E. Juneau Ave. (414) 272-0011
Right next door to the the Knickerbocker on the Lake, the Knick offers breakfast Saturdays 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and brunch on Sundays 9 a.m.-3p.m. The list of offerings is filled with eggs, omelets and pancakes; it's hard to choose what to eat. A good choice is the rich banana pecan pancakes.
Ma Fischer's Family Restaurant
2214 N. Farwell Ave. (414) 271-7424
Another staple of the East Side dining scene, Ma Fischer's is open 24 hours and serves breakfast anytime. Their extensive menu includes traditional breakfast dishes at reasonable prices.
Metro Bar and Café
411 E. Mason St. (414) 225-3270
Located inside Hotel Metro, they serve breakfast from 6-11 a.m. Monday-Friday (brunch starting at 7 a.m. on the weekends). Breakfast entrees include benedicts, omelets, pancakes, French toast and steak and eggs.
Milwaukee Waterfront Deli
761 N. Water St. (414) 220-9300
This downtown establishment, which opens at 6:00 a.m. Monday-Saturday and 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, is perfect for a quick breakfast. Fresh fruit, bagels, muffins and more.
3473 S. 27th St. (414) 645-6595
This family-style restaurant is open 24 hours and serves up hearty portions of breakfast dishes anytime of its huge menu featuring Greek and American specialties.
The Original Pancake House
2621 N. Downer Ave., (414) 431-5055
16460 W. Bluemound Road, (262) 797-0800 originalpancakehouse.com
If you like pancakes, it doesn't get much better than this. A national chain originating out of Portland, the Original Pancake House gives you options upon options for pancake style, topping and flavor. Oh, and if you just can't decide, they have a full egg and meat menu as well.
600 E. Ogden Ave., (414) 224-0200
5595 N. Port Washington Rd., (414) 962-4775
1300 W. Mequon Rd., (262) 834-9999
Featuring artisan-style breads and pastries, Panera offers three convenient Milwaukee and metro area locations. Favorites include oatmeal, bagels, and muffins - and the best part is, it's all baked fresh. Panera also serves gourmet espresso drinks.
Riverwest Co-Op and Cafe
733 E. Clarke St. (414) 264-7933
For vegans and vegetarians this restaurant specializes in organic and substitute foods. Try a smoothie with your vegan pancakes which can be plain, chocolate chip, blueberry, coconut or banana. Opens at 7:00 a.m. on weekdays and 8:00 a.m. on weekends.
Ted's Ice Cream and Restaurant
6204 W. North Ave., (414) 258-5610
Ted's is the ideal diner. The s-shaped counter, homemade pies, open air range and swiveling stools remind diners of small town hospitality. Serving breakfast seven days a week, Ted's is cheap, delicious and memorable.
11402 N. Port Washington Road, (262) 241-5114
If you stop at the Wooden Goose for breakfast, make sure to try the delicious Goose Bun. Its a cinnamon roll topped with cream cheese, butter and vanilla frosting.
Honeypie in Bayview is a amazing breakfast/ brunch joint. I highly suggestion the cornbeef hash.
RIPTIDE! You guys have to add Riptide to this list. They have an awesome buffet for $22.95/person....hot food, cold food, and seafood - all you can eat. Plus, for an extra $5.00 you can get bottomless champagne or mimosas... They had a similar brunch at Pieces of 8/Harbor 550 before they closed last summer, and I've been trying to find something similar. Pandl's in Whitefish Bay has a pretty good Sunday brunch too, but there's just something about being able to relax out by the water with some great food and unlimited mimosas that gets me. :) Please add Riptide to this list!
The Chancery in Wauwatosa has started serving breakfast on the weekends. It has some amazing dishes on the menu and some yummy bloody marys. You have to try the B.O.B - its their specialty.
The riverbrook is also closed and soon to be replaced with a senior living complex. It was my regular breakfast spot for many years. Sad to see it go.
Where is John's located? My favorite place for breakfast is the Twisted Fork on North and Farwell. The eggs benedict with on top of crab cakes is to die for!
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