By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Aug 07, 2020 at 4:21 PM

There's a new West Side brunch spot to check out this weekend.

It’s been just over a week since Golden Nest Pancakes & Cafe quietly opened their doors to the public at 11250 W. Burleigh St., serving up breakfast, lunch and brunch dishes both in their spacious dining room and on their outdoor patio.

The restaurant, which has been in the works for some time, originally hoped for a February opening; however, due to a variety of set-backs, including the onset of COVID-19, the opening was delayed. It was an opportunity, co-owner Sklkim "Kika" Saliu says, to take their time and give particular attention to both the dishes on the restaurant’s menu and the atmosphere for guests.

Golden Nest offers a full complement of beverages from their espresso bar, along with smoothies and juices, beer and brunch cocktails including mimosas, bloody marys and a strawberry bellini.

Breakfast dishes, priced in the $8-14 range, include both classic eggs and toast to benedicts, omelettes, skillets and specialty items like breakfast burritos and chilaquiles.

And yes, there are sweeter options as well, including crepes, waffles and The Nest’s secret recipe pancakes, served with toppings like banana Nutella, tiramisu, roasted Fuji apples, granola berry, bananas foster, fresh berries or strawberry and Nutella.

Lunch items include signature sandwiches like the Boom Boom Quinoa Shrimp wrap with a red pepper aladdin wrap, boom boom sauce, cilantro lime rice and mango power blend slaw; the BLTE with bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, fried egg and mayo; and the chicken katsu sandwich with lettuce, tomato, Mike’s Hot Honey and Nashville hot mayo. Golden Nest also offers fresh main course salads, a Wisconsin cheese board and a variety of signature burgers.

Your breakfast is waiting

Saliu, who also co-owns the Sunview Restaurant in Beaver Dam with his brother Ben, says the restaurant has taken care to enact processes and safety protocols to keep guests safe, and he is excited to officially welcome guests to the restaurant.

"We’ve been a little busier each day since we’ve opened," says co-owner Ben Saliu. "And our staff is ready to start serving our entire community. Our space is very open and accessible to all, and our patio seating provides guests the perfect atmosphere to enjoy their breakfast and get their day started."

Golden Nest is open daily from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.