2015 brunch guide
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The Monday through Friday grind hardly allows time for bacon, eggs and hash browns in the morning. And even if there is time to whip 'em up, they're usually scarfed down in a hurry.
That's where weekend brunches come in. Forget that alarm clock, catch some sleep and savor a hearty breakfast at these Milwaukee-area restaurants when you wake up. If we've forgotten your favorite brunch spot, please add it to the list with the talkback feature!
Bartolotta's Lake Park Bistro
3133 E. Newberry Blvd., (414) 962-6300
A commanding view of Lake Michigan makes this the perfect Sunday champagne brunch spot. The menu features upscale specialties like steak tartare, salade niçoise and omelette du jour (a three egg omelet with bacon and potatoes).
Beans & Barley
1901 E. North Ave., (414) 278-7878
Brunch makes an appearance at Beans and Barley every Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can pick from infinite egg items: poached, omelets, scrambled, Benedict and even tofu scramblers. Breakfast burritos, almond french toast, a lox plate and pancakes are also served.
317 N. 76th St., (414) 299-3180
Blue's Egg is one of the few places in town where you'll find brunch (complete with breakfast cocktails) seven days a week. Serving breakfast and lunch daily, the menu carries omelets and benedicts throughout the day. Specialties include stuffed "Blue's Browns," house-made corned beef and pulled ham, savory French toast, vegetarian options, salads, sandwiches and much more, with everything made from scratch.
801 N. Cass St., (414) 277-1111
Don't miss indulging in a leisurely brunch at this cozy spot just around the corner from Cathedral Square. Options include classic lox and bagel, seasonal quiche, and Guinness French toast, along with classics like corned beef hash and eggs Benedict. Sunday brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
1505 W. Mequon Rd., Mequon, (262) 241-7076
Specializing in soups, salads, vegetarian fare and sandwiches, as well as weekly specials, Cafe 1505 serves up an excellent brunch from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Also available are mimosas and handmade Bloody Marys.
Cafe at the Plaza
1007 N. Cass St., (414) 272-0515
There's old-school brunch and breakfast goodness at the Plaza's cafe. Featuring fresh, seasonal, organic ingredients, guests can enjoy made-from-scratch dishes like The Scrambler or a make-your-own omelet while enjoying the Plaza's classic Art Deco architecture. Open for brunch Monday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
7700 Hartwood Ave., Wauwatosa, (414) 271-7700
From 8 a.m. t0 3 p.m., Cafe Bavaria serves a slew of delicious brunch items such as pretzel French toast, egg and sausage potato pancakes, a variety of omelets, build-your-own smashed burgers, and more. Wash all of this down with a selection of specialty Bloody Marys and mimosas.
Café Benelux & Market
346 N. Broadway, (414) 501-2500
Buttermilk fried chicken waffles, cinnamon streusel French toast and sweet and savory variations of enormous Pannekoek, along with an impressive, 40-page Bier Menu, make this café, fashioned after the grand cafes of Lowland Europe, a Milwaukee brunch hot spot Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
2306 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 755-0377
Cafe Centraal's brunch puts a fun spin on all the classics, including omelets, waffles, French toast and Benedicts. Serving brunch Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., check the menu for details because the menu is slightly different depending on the day. Many dishes can be made without meat as well.
3129 N. Bremen St., (414) 810-3941
It might be tough to get a table in this tiny Riverwest restaurant, but brunch is well worth the wait. Offered Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., brunch is a mixture of Latin-infused specialties and classic favorites. Cafe Corazon prides itself on using locally grown ingredients, including beef and seasonal produce from their family farm, Richway Acres. The brunch drink menu offers a "beermosa" (orange juice and Pabst Blue Ribbon) along with a variety of non-alcoholic beverages.
2608 N. Downer Ave., (414) 963-6366
7677 W. State St., Wauwatosa, (414) 475-6771
Café Hollander's specialty might be Belgian brews, but they also do a pretty good job with brunch. Served Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., the cafe offers such dishes as the Mrs. Hollander, featuring thinly sliced Black Forest ham, two fried eggs, Belgian bier cheese sauce and tomato on a croissant. The Wauwatosa location offers a slightly different menu, but with the same appealing East Side swagger.
2261 S. Howell Ave., (414) 294-5858
Enjoy Lulu's delicious brunch on Sundays until 2 p.m. Choose from a limited variety of popular sandwiches or opt for a Hangover Hamburger, featuring black angus beef, cheddar, bacon and egg or order one of their specialty scrambles or just basic eggs and toast.
728 E. Brady St., (414) 271-6000
Take the opportunity to check out Casablanca's newly remodeled space by showing up on Sundays for their brunch buffet. Offered from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the buffet offers a wide variety of meats (lamb, chicken and beef), sweets such as stuffed falafel, as well as vegetarian options.
1022 S. 1st St., (414) 672-1040
Probably one of the only places in town to fold authentic crepes, you can have "brunch" at Chez Jacques Tuesday through Sunday. Fresh-baked croissants complement sweet or savory crepes and a list of quiches.
1947 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 273-7677
This East Side favorite serves brunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Comet's menu includes brunch classics as well as many vegetarian and vegan options. Order off the specials board for adventurous takes on classic brunch fare, and don't forget to check out the vegan baked goods. Bloody Mary's, with or without bacon, are their specialty.
316 N. Milwaukee St., (414) 291-2655
From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Coquette Café serves up everything from Mediterranean Eggs Benedict, brioche French toast and Gruyere cheese and country ham crepes to bacon wrapped Strauss veal meatloaf. Soups, sandwiches, salads, even escargot and leg of duck confit, make this a deliciously impressive brunch experience.
Devon Seafood and Steak
5715 N. Bayshore Dr., Glendale, (414) 967-9790
Conveniently located inside Bayshore Mall, Devon Seafood and Steak offers a brunch buffet on Sundays. This buffet includes an omelet, carving, fresh seafood, sashimi, Belgian waffle and dessert station. Entrees include classic breakfast favorites like scrambled eggs, sausage links and apple wood smoked bacon, and unusual brunch items like shrimp enchiladas and Thai chicken wings.
Engine Company No. 3
217 W. National Ave., (414) 226-5695
For their weekend brunch, Engine Company No. 3 aims to keep it farm fresh with locally sourced ingredients that make up their varied menu. From savory sweets like s'mores pancakes and amaretto French toast to smoked salmon Benedict, spaghetti squash carbonara and Wisconsin omelets. Brunch is served every Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
W349 N5293 Lacy's Ln., Okauchee, (262) 567-7047
A bit of a drive from downtown, Golden Mast is known as one of the old school formal and full brunch purveyors. Brunch includes a complimentary glass of sparkling champagne, choice of fruit juice or coffee, tea or milk.
2457 S. Wentworth Ave., (414) 763-4706
When you're up and ready to go on Sunday, head on over to Bay View and start your day with brunch at Goodkind. Try the bacon and cheddar risotto, hangar steak and eggs, pork cheek donuts, whipped tofu and more. With your meal, sip on one of the specialty cocktails on the menu. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Harry's Bar and Grill
3549 N. Oakland Ave., (414) 964-6800
Harry's Sunday brunch includes items such as breakfast pasta, breakfast crab cakes, Belgian waffles, smothered steak and eggs, homemade corned beef hash, eggs Benedict, and much more.
1701 N. Arlington Pl., (414) 220-8090
The Saturday and Sunday brunch menu features items such as smoked salmon Benedict, bourbon-battered challa French toast and the Brunch Burger, made with a fried egg, pork belly, cheddar and carmelized onions.
2643 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 489-PIES
Despite rave reviews for lunch and dinner, when Honeypie opened in 2009, fans claimed, if you really want the goods, you've got to go for brunch. Expanding on sister restaurant Comet's infamous menu, you can load up with specialties like the seasonal quiche of the day, buttermilk biscuits and gravy or a hefty breakfast burrito. Best part? You'll find the brunch menu Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Hotch Spot
1813 E. Kenilworth Pl., (414) 727-2212
Formerly Hotch-a-do, The Hotch Spot serves up brunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Stop in for breakfast and a game of Monopoly or checkers on one of their board game tabletops. Or linger for Sunday Funday specials at this '80s and '90s retro-style bar and restaurant.
707 E. Brady St., (414) 810-1809
Hybrid serves brunch every Sunday. The menu offers French toast, pancakes, omelets, croissant sandwiches, biscuits and gravy, a B.E.L.T. (bacon, egg, lettuce and tomato on Texas toast that's served with tots) and more.
Hubbard Park Lodge
3565 N. Morris Blvd., (414) 332-4207
Help yourself to the Hubbard Park Lodge's all-you-can-eat Lumberjack Brunch every Sunday. In addition to pancakes, enjoy fresh doughnuts, an omelet bar or fresh fruit and cereal. On Easter, Mother's Day and Father's Day the brunch menu is considerably expanded.
Il Mito Enoteca
6913 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa, (414) 443-1414
Who says a delicious, hearty breakfast can't be classy and well-presented, too? Served from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., Chef Michael Feker's brunch is the perfect mix of breakfast and lunch, plating up heaping helpings of eggs and waffles, internationally inspired dishes and more. The build-your-own Bloody Mary bar makes waking up worthwhile. Gluten-free and children's options are also available.
The Iron Horse Hotel
500 W. Florida St., (414) 813-4615
Smyth's Route 66 Brunch Buffet features favorites from along the Mother Road, like green chile chilaquiles, flannel hash and made-to-order signature items like rock salt-crusted prime rib and Belgian waffles. A clever cocktail list matches the menu. Brunch is served Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
139 E. Kilbourn Ave., (414) 291-4793
Located on the second floor of the InterContinental Hotel, Kil@wat is making a name for itself with both travelers and locals. Stop in for brunch on Saturday or Sunday to try eight different egg favorites or small twists on classic waffles, French toast and pancakes.
1030 E. Juneau Ave., (414) 272-0011
Sunday brunch is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy an array of classic favorites like omelets and pancakes, or branch out and try the scrumptious smoked salmon Benedict or the chicken dill Havarti omelet.
2378 S. Howell Ave., (414) 988-7086
Every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Lazy Susan serves up a rotating brunch menu that includes steamed clams, pork and plantain turnovers, roasted pear pizza, spaghetti tacos, peppered beed and curly endive, bourbon glazed chicken and much more.
Locavore at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino
1721 W. Canal St., (414) 847-8510
With a menu of items that change daily, Locavore serves brunch from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. all week long. The menu includes salads, pork and grits, smoked salmon, omelets, Elvis French toast (peanut butter, banana, Chantilly cream), steak and eggs, grilled chicken, sandwiches and more. As you eat, enjoy a selection of brunch cocktails.
801 N. Jefferson St., (414) 273-4224
With weekend brunches from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Louise's pulls out pastas, foccacia breads, frittatas and more all in the shadows of beautiful Cathedral Square. Everything is served with Potatoes Louise and fresh fruit.
1041 N. Old World 3rd St., (414) 271-3377
Mader's serves German dishes and continental specialties. Their Sunday brunch, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., offers an open buffet with authentic German dishes like sauerbraten and 'wursts intermingled with more traditional breakfast items, soups, pastas, cheese, fruits and desserts.
Mo's Irish Pub
10842 W. Bluemound Rd., Wauwatosa, (414) 774-9782
Holidays only. Easter, Mother's Day and Father's Day. Call for specifics on brunch at Mo's Irish Pub.
524 S. 2nd St., (414) 224-5300
On Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., enjoy the food and drinks of Spain for brunch at Movida. Get your meal started with a chef's board of imported cheeses, sourdough with tomato spread or a beet salad. For your main course, choose from a selection of Spanish omelets, braised short ribs and bravas, eggs Benedict, pork belly waffles, French toast, sandwiches and more.
839 W. National Ave., (414) 431-6551
The National is probably one of the best cafes in this town. Offering affordable options for breakfast and lunch daily, they feature classic Milwaukee favorites like a breakfast burrito, French toast, omelet or tofu scramble. Perfect for everyday eating, they have healthier options, too. They also serve fresh, organic juices, Anodyne coffee and Rishi teas.
5901 W. Vilet St., (414) 727-0860
On Saturdays and Sunday, enjoy brunch at Nourri. The menu includes pork belly donuts, buttermilk biscuits, braised beef short rib hash, duck confit hash, deep fried portobellos, omelets, crab cakes, pancakes, Morning Bun French toast, thick-cut bacon, fresh fruit and more.
The Original Pancake House
2621 N. Downer Ave., (414) 431-5055
Everything from eggs to omelets to cereals and waffles make an appearance on the menu, but don't miss the specialty pancakes. Pick from buttermilk, buckwheat, potato, Swedish, dollar size or traditional, plus every topping you can imagine: pecans, strawberries, blueberries -- and yes, bacon.
2491 S. Superior St., (414) 747-1007
Just as tasty, veggie and deep-fried as the regular menu, Palomino serves a great hangover brunch with plenty of meat-free options including a tofu scrambler and their house smoked brisket hash, made with potatoes, beets, onions, pickled chili peppers, poached eggs and chive aioli. Brunch is served Saturdays and Sundays.
424 W. Wisconsin Ave., (414) 935-5942
Experience one of the city's ultimate buffet-style brunches on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Rogue dining room of the historic Pfister Hotel. With multiple carving stations, made to order pasta and omelette stations, a mimosa and signature Bloody Mary bar and over forty unforgettable items to choose from, surely appetites will be satisfied. Brunch items also available at the cozy Cafe at the Pfister.
Riverwest Co-op and Cafe
733 E. Clarke St., (414) 264-7933
The Riverwest Cafe serves breakfast seven days a week with extended brunch hours on Saturday and Sunday. Using local and organic produce and goods as often as possible, the cafe offers brunch staples like pancakes, French toast and breakfast burritos. Most entrees can be made vegan.
2258 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 294-4848
The menu is short and simple, but oh, so sweet. Choose from a list of authentic Mexican breakfasts including egg scrambles, omelettes or specialties. Oh, and don't miss the margaritas, mimosas or Bloody Marias of course.
223 N. Water St., (414) 220-9933
You might wonder, pizza for brunch? Yep, that's the idea at Rustico. Starting at 11 a.m. on Saturdays and 10 a.m. on Sundays, Rustico flips the menu and offers specialty breakfast pizzas along with standard fare like eggs, fritattas and French toast. The favorite? Try the breakfast calzone stuffed with sausage, mozzarella, egg, basil, onion and pomodoro sauce.
5539 W. State St., (414) 453-2410
You'll get a healthy portion of everything meaty at Saz's. Served all-you-can-eat style, pick from a long list of chef-carved entrees, omelets, desserts, champagne and Bloody Marys. Eat every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Stubby's Gastrogrub & Beer Bar
2060 N. Humboldt Ave., (414) 763-6324
From sweet to savory and everything in between, you'll find hangover cures like Rumchata French toast, pancakes with drunken berries or Brad's hangover burger topped with cheddar, bacon and BBQ pulled pork. If those choices don't float your boat, opt for the blue cheese, spinach and artichoke omelet, or the tenderloin Benedict. Sunday brunch is offered beginning at 10 a.m.
Trinity Three Irish Pubs
125 E. Juneau Ave., (414) 278-7033
Choose from just nine traditional Irish entrees like corned beef hash, Bailey's Irish Cream-dipped French toast or the Irish breakfast. Try Trinity's version of a Bloody Mary, complete with a splash of Guinness or a blend of Irish whiskey and hot coffee.
1758 N. Water St., (414) 272-0205
Nothing beats brunch on the patio on Saturdays and Sundays. But, even if you have to eat indoors, Trocadero is the place to be. While there's plenty to choose from, you won't go wrong if you opt for the banana nutella crepes or buttermilk fried chicken and waffles. Don't forget to wash things down with one of their signature Bloody Marys, including the Frenchie, which was coined as one of the country's best in the Wall Street Journal.
Water Street Brewery
1101 N. Water St., (414) 272-1195
I-43 and Highway 60, Grafton (262) 375-2222
3191 Golf Rd., Delafield (262) 646-7882
Beer for breakfast? Why not. Water Street Brewery does the brunch thing on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with French toast, omelets and of course, seasonal specialty beers.
The Wicked Hop
345 N. Broadway, (414) 223-0345
The Wicked Hop has an interesting menu which includes names like Eggs Benedict XVI and the Elvis Impersonator French toast Fonzarelli. Plus if you're in the mood for a drink, there are seven brunch drinks on the menu including the expensive and large Glass Slipper, which is the house Bloody Mary served in a 96.628-ounce German boot. Brunch is served Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
1818 N. Hubbard St., (414) 374-8480
Wolf Peach offers a wide array of delicious brunch items from savory to sweet, including corned beef hash, biscuits and gravy, vegetable stir fry, smothered buttermilk waffle, a variety of wood-fired pizzas, and more! Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
231 S. 2nd St., (414) 271-5555
Zak's Cafe, located in a newly renovated building in Walker's Point, serves breakfast and lunch everyday until 3 p.m. Try the sweet potato hash, biscuits and gravy, brioche French toast, breakfast burritos, specialty omelets, and more. Are you not feeling like dining in? The cafe offers daily pickup service.
mkegirl | Sept. 14, 2013 at 1:36 p.m. (report)
Zak's on 2nd has the best brunch in town, hands down. Great bloodies, benedicts and waffles, and very affordable. Also, I would argue that the new Palomino is neither tasty, nor veggie, nor deep-fried.
Devon's Seafood & Grill in the Bayshore mall has a FABOULOUS brunch. It is served on Sun.'s from 10-2. The cost is $24 but....you don't pay extra for any non-alcoholic drink. That means, coffee,orange juice, milk whatever they serve that's NA is included. No other brunch does that. Bloody Mary's and mimosa's are only $4.50 and 1/2 price bottles of wine all day. The brunch selections are UNBELIEVABLE!!! This our FAVORITE brunch!! FEATURING OMELET BAR HAND CARVED BEEF TENDERLOIN MADE TO ORDER BELGIUM WAFFLES FROM THE EMPORIUM TABLE SEASONAL FRESH FRUIT CHAR CRUSTED AHI TUNA GRILLED ASAPARGUS SALAD WITH WALNUT VIANIAGRETTE ASSORTED SMOKED FISH PEEL & EAT SHRIMP VEGETABLE SPRING ROLLS ENGLISH CUCUMBER & FETA SALAD ASSORTED CHEESES ON THE HOT SIDE SCRAMBLED EGGS SHRIMP ENCHILADAS ALMOND CRUSTED TILAPIA SWEET POTATO CORN HASH APPLEWOOD SMOKED BACON SAUSAGE THAI CHICKEN WINGS JAMBALAYA LOBSTER MAC NCHEESE CHICKEN PICCATA SAUTEED GREEN BEANS ROASTED YUKON GOLD POTATOES DESSERT TABLE CARROT CAKE CHOCOLATE COVERED STRAWBERRIES KEY LIME TARTS GRAND MARNIER WHITE CHOCOLATE MOUSSE PANNA COTTA
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