If you’ve been waiting for the perfect time to head over to Eldr+Rime, 2300 N. Mayfair Rd. in Wauwatosa, consider it a perfect spot for a leisurely Labor Day weekend brunch.
The Scandinavian-inspired restaurant has relaunched its delectable weekend brunch service, offering up a slate of tasty new dishes and brunch drinks (including bottomless mimosas) on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
In fact, their latest brunch menu offers something for everyone from savory standards to fresh, housemade sweets. Best of all, you can enjoy it all either indoors or on their gorgeous patio.
“We’re taking traditional brunch items and really presenting them in a new way,” notes Executive Chef Gary Baca. “In addition to incorporating the housemade breads which have been a central element at the restaurant since we opened, we’re also infusing the dishes with signature elements, from char and smoke to fresh herbs from our garden.”
No brunch is complete without brunch cocktails, and you’ll find beautifully executed craft offerings at Eldr+Rime, from bottomless mimosas for $20 per person to thyme scented blackberry sangria featuring red wine, blackberry puree, Cruzan rum and lemon lime soda ($15).
Housemade bloody marys are also a feature. Get their signature house-blended drink alongside a Spotted Cow Chaser or opt for the truly stunning Royal Bloody Mary featuring a smorgasbord of snacks from Clock Shadow cheese curds and Bunzel’s beef sticks to house-grilled shrimp and shucked oysters on the half shell ($20; Spotted Cow chaser included).
There are also zero proof options from Soul Brew Kombucha on draft to the Grove Ginger Highball featuring Seedlip Grove 42, ginger ale and lime ($10), along with freshly squeezed juices and Stone Creek Coffee.
If you love breakfast pastries,, be sure to start off with their signature housemade cinnamon roll, a shareable treat which is served up fresh from the oven with an extra helping of housemade cream cheese frosting for dipping ($12). Yes, it’s totally worth it.
The same is true of their Liege style Belgian waffles, which are doppled with bits of caramelized pearl sugar and topped with fresh strawberries and whipped cream ($15).
Additional sweet options include their banana foster waffle topped with classic foster sauce and whipped cream ($16) and blueberry French toast featuring tender batter soaked brioche topped with lemon curd, whipped ricotta cheese and fresh blueberries. An herban garnish and dusting of powdered sugar takes the dish to a new level ($14).
Of course, if savory is more your style, there are myriad options from which to choose. Classic steak and eggs features a 7-ounce New York strip, two eggs your way, herbed butter and crispy fingerling potatoes ($28). Or you can take your beef braised in their comforting short rib hash showcasing tender braised beef short ribs and charred pearl onions piled atop crispy fingerling potato confit with two sunny-side-up eggs and pickled sweet chilies to balance everything out ($18). A veggie version of the hash is also available topped with vegetable ragout and spinach ($15).
Of course, there’s also the star of the show: King Crab Benedict, a flavor-filled classic which begins with housemade brown butter rye English muffins topped with grilled asparagus, generous pieces of crab, housemade hollandaise and poached eggs ($23).
If you’re steering more towards lunch options, Eldr+Rime delivers on that front as well. Start off with house-smoked trout and whitefish dip served with house chips and pickles ($12). The fish is fresh, the smoke is subtle and (if you’re like me) you will want to buy the dip by the tub to serve at your next party!
From there, you can choose from numerous handheld options including a “Brunched” burger featuring grass-fed beef, butterkase cheese, applewood smoked bacon and an over-easy eagg on a housemade potato bun ($18), a turkey and avocado sandwich on housemade multigrain bread ($17); the Fito burrito filled with scrambled eggs, pepperjack, sausage, fingerlings and flame roasted salsa ($16) or classic avocado toast featuring charred cherry tomatoes, fresh sprouts, smokey aleppo pepper, fresh avocado and poached eggs on multi-grain bread ($20). Each are served with a side of crispy fingerling potatoes or housemade fries.
Don’t forget Eldr+Rime’s classic raw bar options, which include ahi tuna tartare, oysters on the half shell, coal roasted king crab and the wildly popular Faroe salmon smoked three ways (featuring smoked, beet-cured and charred in a schmear served with housemade dark seeded rye).
Check out the full brunch menu online.
Eldr+Rime offers breakfast, lunch and dinner options seven days a week with coffee, pastries, yogurt parfaits and breakfast sandwiches at their Grab and Go Marketplace Monday through Friday beginning at 6:30 a.m.; breakfast service in the restaurant Monday through Friday from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m.; lunch service Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and dinner service Tuesday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 4 to 10 p.m. (and a bar menu available on Sunday evenings after 4 p.m.).
Happy hour (featuring food and drink specials) takes place weekdays at the bar from 4 to 6 p.m., with a bar menu available from 4 to 9 p.m. for dinner on Mondays.
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