By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Apr 07, 2017 at 9:01 AM

Need a new spot for brunch or lunch this weekend?

We’ve got some must-try spots, including a first-time, one-day only brunch specially for Mother’s Day.

Weekend brunch at Hotel Madrid

Get a front row seat as Bodegon, the fine dining restaurant at Hotel Madrid, 606 S. 6th St., slips off its dinner jacket and slides into something more comfortable: brunch. Beginning this weekend, Hotel Madrid will be open for brunch service on both Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Brunch dishes will include fun new favorites like Fruity Pebbles pancakes ($11.95), waffle ironed grilled cheese with smoked American cheese, fried egg, bacon and maple syrup ($9) a Serrano ham eggs Benedict with Manchego, heirloom tomatoes, hollandaise and chives ($12) and veggie hash with root vegetables, padron peppers, zucchini, poached egg and hollandaise ($10). Select lunch items are also available.

Brunch drinks include a house Bloody Mary with Chistorra, house-smoked Manchego and a beer chaser ($9) along with mimosas and bellini ($7). See the full menu online

Brunch seating will be available at Bodegon, in Vermuteria 600 or (when the weather warms) on the new Hotel Madrid patio.

Sunday brunch at Irie Zulu

Irie Zulu, 7237 W. North Ave., launched its very first brunch service on Sunday, April 2. The menu showcased a collection of open-faced breakfast sandwiches like the Zanzibar with a rice coconut crepe, Afro-fusion cuisine chutney, mint harissa, tomato onion relish, Moroccan shrimp and plantain ($15); rice bowls including the Kingston Jamaica with curry chicken, aromatic rice and plantains ($12); power breakfast offerings like the Benin with African yam fries and egg stew with plantains ($12) and the South Africa with a vegetable topped omelette with plantains and dumplings ($11).

The restaurant's creatively envisioned bloody Marys are also on the menu, and based on recent social media posts, are already making a splash.

Irie Zulu brunch takes place Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s a small restaurant, so reservations are highly recommended.

Irie Zulu has also launched Happy Hour. Available Tuesday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m., offerings include 25 percent off select appetizers, $7 cocktails or glasses of South African wines and half-priced bottles of premium wines.

Lunch launch at the cheel

If you’ve been meaning to try the inspired Himalayan fare at the cheel, there’s no time like the present. Folks have been asking owners Barkha Limbu and Jesse Daily to launch a weekend lunch for some time now. And, as of this weekend, their wishes have been granted. The restaurant, located at 105 S. Main St. in Thiensville, will begin Saturday lunch service on April 8, beginning at 11:30 a.m.

A new menu is also on the docket. On Monday April 10, the restaurant will also launch its spring menu which includes dishes like Sukuti Sandheko (wild boar jerky tossed with olive oil, scallion, cilantro, onion, and other Nepalese herbs and spices), Chatamari (rice crepe layered with ground goat and lamb meat mixed with onion, garlic, ginger, tomatoes, peppers, Himalayan spices and topped with a range egg and cilantro microgreens), Khashi Kofta (goat meatballs simmered with warm Himalayan spices including cinnamon and nutmeg, served over rice and side of yellow dal) and Ema Datshi (a traditional Bhutanese dish made of Brie cheese soup with shiitake mushrooms, onions and peppers served with tingmo, a Tibetan steamed bun).

Sunday brunch at The Tandem

On Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., you can treat yourself to a fried chicken dinner or to one of a variety of ever-changing brunch dishes at The Tandem.

Their menu includes a rotating cast of items including a warm kale salad with a poached egg ($11), shortrib hash with poached eggs and hollandaise ($13), a brunch burger with Swiss, caramelized onions and a fried egg ($13) or cornmeal pancakes with bacon or sausage, maple syrup and berries ($10).

Mother’s Day brunch at dandan

Grab mom and hop over to dandan, 360 E. Erie St., for its first-ever brunch service on Mother’s Day, May 14. This special one-day-only event will feature a menu of six dim sum style apps, brunch-style items and Peking Duck. Offerings will include options like Shanghai French toast with peanut and banana filling and miso caramel sauce; a pork belly benny with poached egg, crispy pork belly, kimchee hollandaise on a steamed bun; and sour sausage with turnip rice hash, red curry and soft boiled duck egg. Brunch service will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made at or by calling (414) 488-8036.

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.