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Waffles. The sometimes forgotten pancake alternative.

Milwaukee waffle guide

Note: The contents of this guide were checked for accuracy when this article was updated on Sept. 21, 2013 at 9:01 a.m. We continually update the thousands of articles on, but it's possible some details, specials and offers may have changed. As always, we recommend you call first if you have specific questions for the businesses mentioned in the guide.

Whereas the pancake is a staple on Milwaukee menus, the waffle is less omnipresent. However, with a little bit of perseverance, it's possible to find a nice selection of waffles in numerous Brew City restaurants and cafes.

The only thing missing from the offerings are chicken and waffles, a popular combo in many parts of the country. Now-defunct Downtown restaurant Durango BBQ and Grill was open for a short period of time but its menu did feature chicken and waffles. Who's gonna add this to their brunch offerings next?

And hey, if we missed your favorite, remind us via the Talkback feature. Your kitchen, by the way, doesn't count. Don't even try to compare the flat and frozen waffles you have in your freezer because the waffles below are genuinely thick, flavorful and garnished with delicious toppings.

Ashley's Que
124 W. National Ave., (414) 276-7666
Ashley's Que offers their award-winning hicken and waffles all day on Wednesday, as well as Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Yum!

346 N. Broadway, (414) 501-2500
Benelux offers waffle creations as part of their breakfast menu. Stop in for brunch and you'll be treated to a buttermilk fried chicken waffle with candied walnuts and maple syrup.

Bistro Bar 333
Hyatt Regency Milwaukee, 333 W. Kilbourn Ave., (414) 270-6130
Bistro Bar 333 has a Pub Club waffle with - get this - fried eggs, shaved turkey, apple bacon and tomato jam. Bet you never tried that at home.

Brewed Cafe
1208 E. Brady St., (414) 276-2739
Brewed serves breakfast all day, from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., and the menu features a signature, homemade, Belgium waffle. According to a staff member, the secret to the unique taste of Brewed's waffle is the cinnamon and nutmeg in the batter. The regular waffle is served with syrup and butter and diners can also get a banana-and-walnut version.

Cafe Hollander
2608 N. Downer Ave, (414) 963-6366
7677 W. State St., (414) 475-6771
Hollander serves a hot and fluffy waffle covered in fresh fruit for $7.95, or a fruit-free waffle for $6.95. Hollander's waffles are made from a top-notch mix by Golden Malted, and come with whipped cream and real maple syrup.

El Greco
9143 W. Appleton Ave., (414) 462-0541
Stop by El Greco for seven-inch Belgian waffles. Get it a la mode, covered in strawberries, blueberries, peaches or apples.

Maxfield's Pancake House
2727 N. Mayfair Rd., (414) 453-6000
333 W. Brown Deer Rd., (414) 247-4994
Although known for their pancakes, Maxfield's serves a mean waffle, too. Diners choose from regular, multi grain, buckwheat or mini waffles. Toppings including bacon, "mini fruity," banana split, blackberry, cinnamon apple, blueberry, banana and peach are all on the menu and range in price from $6 to $8. All of the fruit is fresh.

5921 W.Vliet St., (414) 479-0620
Meritage puts the waffles on their appetizer menu, but who cares - it's a good start to a meal! Their version features a mashed potato waffle with spicy (but not too spicy) dressing, fried chicken and red pepper jelly.

Palomino Bar
2491 S. Superior St., (414) 747-1007
Palomino makes a mean buttermilk waffle as part of their brunch menu!

1758 N. Water St., (414) 272-0205
Mmmm - Trocadero's brunch menu boasts buttermilk-fried chicken and waffles. Think jalapeño cheddar waffle with buttermilk fried chicken, spicy ginger bbq and white country gravy.

The Original Pancake House
2621 N. Downer Ave., (414) 431-5055
It might be called the Original Pancake House, but there's a lot of waffle ironing going on beneath this breakfast eatery's roof. The menu, in fact, sports seven different waffles: plain, bacon, strawberry, coconut, apple, blueberry and pecan. Pancake House waffles are large and thick.

The Wicked Hop
345 N. Broadway, (414) 223-0345
The Wicked Hop's menu features the "Father Damien's Belgian Wit Waffle" for $9.95. The waffle mix is made with Father Damien's Belgian Wit draft beer and the cooked waffle is topped with maple syrup, powdered sugar, an orange slice and whipped cream. It comes with a side of meat or fresh fruit.

Wolf Peach
1818 N. Hubbard St., (414) 374-8480
Wolf Peach's brunch menu offers up scrumptious fried chicken and waffles with maple syrup and sausage gravy.


EastSideMKE | Oct. 19, 2011 at 3:18 p.m. (report)

Palomino offers fried chicken and waffles every Sunday on their dinner specials menu. Even the corn on the cob that accompanies the meal is battered and fried. The waffle is vanilla scented and very fluffy and flavorful.

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