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Brunch has evolved into a weekend ritual stacked high with buttermilk pancakes, sizzling bacon and, if you’re lucky, bottomless mimosas. But with an abundance of local ingredients and fresh concepts from innovative chefs, Wisconsin is officially on the map for brunch that surpasses the ordinary. Even breakfast purists will join the table at these five local restaurants and realize that blending two meals is always better than one.
Crema Café – Madison
Conveniently located near the Lake Loop bike path and Olbrich Park Beach, Crema Café is an ideal brunch place to jumpstart an outdoorsy Madison day with your friends. The happy little café is a neighborhood favorite because it uses local ingredients to boost traditional dishes. Try the Fungus Scramble, combining truffle oil, asiago cheese and local mushrooms.
Father Fats Public House – Stevens Point
Whether you’re strolling along the Wisconsin River or biking the Green Circle Trail through Stevens Point, Father Fats Public House is a nearby stop-off for brunch. It features delightful garden seating with perfect lighting for that Instagram shot, communal dining and menus that change with the season. Trusty standbys include anything with blue crab.
The Charmant – La Crosse
If you want to treat your friends or partner, it doesn’t get more fashionable than The Charmant for brunch. A tastefully refurbished candy factory, The Charmant serves meals with local flair such as trout benedict and corn meal pancakes with maple syrup. When you’re done with brunch, walk across the street to relax at Riverside Park or hop on the La Crosse Queen, a traditional paddlewheel boat.
Blue Horse Beach Café – Fish Creek
Stop at Blue Horse Beach Café post-hike – or no hike – for good views, vibes and vegetarian-friendly food. Try the local Kombucha on tap with The Veg Out spicy breakfast sandwich. You’ll enjoy your meal overlooking the harbor and mingling with the locals who frequent Blue Horse every summer.
Daily Dose Café – Kenosha
You’ll have to get up early to catch breakfast at the Daily Dose Café, but the from-scratch recipes, outdoor patio and strong coffee is worth it. For a hearty start to the day, order the Bisculicious Plate for biscuits, homemade gravy, fried potatoes and eggs. Then head to Simmons Island Beach to play in the sand and see its two historic lighthouses.
Wisconsin dining is anything but bland, and the artfully curated brunch dishes play off each region’s most bountiful agriculture. From fresh fish integrated into menus at lakeside towns, to local farm-sourced eggs and vegetables, the state brings a unique twist to everything it serves. Check out TravelWisconsin.com for even more foodie favorites that offer brunch and beyond.