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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.
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.
124 W. National Ave., (414) 276-7666
Ashley's Que offers their award-winning chicken and waffles every day for breakfast until 2 p.m., all day on Wednesday, as well as Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Yum!
2730 N. Humboldt Blvd., (414) 562-5542
Beer Bistro offers hefe weiss waffles with beerberry syrup made with Fat Squirrel Ale for $8. Served with a side of sweet peppered bacon.
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.
346 N. Broadway, (414) 501-2500
Benelux offers waffle creations as part of their breakfast and brunch menu. Options include a Brussels waffle, featuring asparagus, eggs, pancetta and bier cheese sauce, as well as sweeter waffles like banana Nutella. Waffles served with fried chicken and mini waffles for kids are also available.
2608 N. Downer Ave, (414) 963-6366
7677 W. State St., (414) 475-6771
At both locations, Hollander serves a Maker's Mark bourbon butter waffle and a chicken and cornbread waffle for breakfast and brunch.
9143 W. Appleton Ave., (414) 462-0541
Stop by El Greco for seven-inch Belgian waffles. Get it a la mode or covered in strawberries, blueberries, cherries, 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 or buckwheat 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.
2491 S. Superior St., (414) 747-1007
Palomino makes a classic buttermilk waffle for $5 as part of its brunch menu.
1758 N. Water St., (414) 272-0205
Trocadero's brunch menu boasts buttermilk-fried chicken and waffles. The waffle comes with a crusted chicken thigh, arugula, red onion, candied walnuts and maple-thyme honey.
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 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 a "Blue Moon Belgian Waffle" for $10. It comes with a side of bacon, sausage, ham, brat patty or fresh fruit.
1818 N. Hubbard St., (414) 374-8480
Wolf Peach's brunch menu offers up scrumptious fried chicken and buttermilk waffles smothered in hazelnut butter.