If you’ve been following my Milwaukee posts on Female Foodie, you’ve probably noticed by now that brunch is clearly my favorite meal. I never wake up early enough on the weekends to enjoy breakfast, but I have a serious affinity for bacon and eggs. What’s a girl to do? Go to brunch, obviously! Luckily, there are what feels like a million different restaurants in Milwaukee that serve a brunch that is not only delicious, but incredibly Instagram-worthy. Wave a plate of french toast stuffed with cream cheese and berries in my direction and I’m there.
Below, you will find a collection of some my favorite brunch dishes around the Milwaukee area. While there are an endless amount of brunch spots to try, this is an assemblage of moderately priced and maximally delicious meals. I’ve been working my way through the city, one Eggs Benedict at a time!
11. Simple Cafe
Simple Cafe not only provides excellent food, but a story behind each bite. They take great pride in the fact that the components of every dish are locally sourced. They recognize that love, sweat, and tears can go into producing each fresh ingredient. You can feel the sense of community that exists in the brightly colored atmosphere of the restaurant. I, of course, choose what seems to be the least “simple” item on the menu. Yet the Korean BBQ breakfast bowl is the perfect example of these farm-fresh ingredients working together harmoniously. Braised pork shoulder, brown rice, mushrooms, broccoli, marinated soy beans, baby spinach, sliced radish, green onion, and kimchee with an over-easy egg. Great food starts with great people, it’s that simple. Simple Cafe (2124 N. Farwell Avenue, Milwaukee, WI // 414.271.2124)
If you frequent Bay View, you’ve probably been to Honeypie. But next time, be sure to make it to their brunch! It only happens on the weekends from 9am-3pm, and be prepared to wait your turn. Their menu changes frequently, but will always serve the classics you know and love. You must end your meal with their pie, it’s baked in-house! I gravitate towards the chocolate pistachio, but that’s just me. It wouldn’t be a visit to Honeypie without grabbing a slice! Read my full post on Honeypie HERE. Honeypie (2643 S Kinnickinnic Avenue, Milwaukee, WI // 414.489.7437)
9. Engine Company No. 3
Engine Company No. 3 wins the award for coolest location on this list! Inside a renovated firehouse is a brunch spot that may actually teach you something as you eat! Historical artifacts line the walls that will give you a lesson on a history of firefighting in Milwaukee. Technically, their brunch is served from 8:30am-2pm on the weekends, but never fear! They have plenty of breakfast options available all day during the week. The coolest part about their menu is that it features dishes from all over the world, as well as your typical classics. An interesting menu in an equally interesting locale! Read my full post on Engine Company No. 3 HERE. Engine Company No. 3 (217 W National Avenue, Milwaukee, WI // 414.226.5695)
Another newcomer, Mimosa has graced the suburbs with its presence since earlier this year. And it’s exactly what we needed. Your brunch favorites, served with a twist. I love the churro french toast, topped with cinnamon, sugar, cream filling, and berries. But the best part? It’s coated in cornflakes. I love a dish with interesting texture, and the churro french toast has exactly that. On the savory side, the morning jambalaya skillet has just enough kick to get you going at brunch time! Pulled chicken breast, breakfast sausage, and shrimp are coated in a cajun sauce and sit on top of potatoes, sauteed onions, peppers, and eggs. If you haven’t already, stop on by to try this welcome addition to the brunch scene! Mimosa (9405 S. 27th Street, Franklin, WI // 414.574.5132)
7. Merriment Social
There’s no way you can dine here and NOT be merry. Merriment Social is an absolute treat to the Milwaukee foodie scene, and their brunch confirms exactly that. I love that they include menu options from their regular menu in addition to their brunch listings. It’s great because during most meals (and most moments of the day in general), I am craving a nice warm skillet of baked spicy ranch cheese curds. It’s nice to be able to have them alongside my butter poached lobster Benedict! The Benedict itself is covered in dill hollandaise. Stop over on a nice day and they will hopefully have their garage doors open to enjoy the fresh air! Stay merry and read my full post on Merriment Social HERE. Merriment Social (240 E Pittsburgh Ave, Milwaukee, WI // 414.645.0240)
6. Wolf Peach
The Latin word for “wild tomato” literally translates to “edible wolf peach.” It explains this restaurant’s namesake and the reasoning behind the big tomato that is their logo. With wood-fired pizzas at dinnertime, and brunch in the AM on weekends, Wolf Peach offers a menu of consistently delicious options. Swing by for one of my favorites, the chilaquiles. This dish consists of tortilla chips smothered in your choice of protein (chorizo for the meat-eaters and soyrizo for the vegetarians), adobo sauce, avocado cream, two over-easy eggs, and mozzarella. Basically a brunch-themed nacho dish. Trust me, try it once and it will have you coming back for more. See my full post on Wolf Peach HERE. Wolf Peach (1818 N. Hubbard Street, Milwaukee, WI // 414.374.8480)
5. Story Hill BKC
From the owner’s of Blue’s Egg, comes another one of my favorite spots for a good brunch. While Blue’s Egg has a diner vibe and is known for its amazing breakfast options, Story Hill BKC is a bit different. Their’s is more an urban atmosphere, with a menu of fresh and colorful farm-to-table dishes inspired by the Upper Midwest. Pictured above are two amazing choices. The house special crêpe is stuffed with smoked Berkshire loin bacon, Clock Shadow quark, baby kale, onion marmalade, and chili maple syrup. The other photo represents my favorite avocado toast ever. Rustic toast with smoked lentil puree, sliced avocado, cucumber, radish, olive oil, and coarse sea salt. You have to try it to believe it. Read my full post on Story Hill BKC HERE. Story Hill BKC (5100 W Bluemound Road, Milwaukee, WI // 414.539.4424)
4. Cafe Centraal
Cafe Centraal, A Bay View brunch go-to. Between their brunch and their blunch menus, there will certainly be something that interests everyone at your table if you stop by between 8am-3pm on Saturday or Sunday. Choose from a sweet or savory brunch item, the lighter fare, or simply a burger from their regular menu. I personally have two favorites: The berry basil french toast is a delight. Fresh berries on top of cinnamon coated Challah toast, layered with mascarpone and topped with…basil? Yep, you heard that right. Again, it’s one of those time’s you’ll just have to trust me. On the other end of the flavor spectrum, we have the chilaquiles. I’m obsessed with the flavor profile of this dish, and a very similar one on the menu right now would be the plato típico. Grab a seat at their courtyard and a plate of any of their masterful menu offerings. Now, prepare for the perfect brunch. Read my full post on Cafe Centraal HERE. Cafe Centraal (2306 S Kinnickinnic Avenue, Bay View // 414.755.0378)
Five minutes from my home is this gorgeous little cafe called Sheridan’s. It’s part of the boutique hotel above it, but the seasonally inspired menu can easily stand on its own two feet. They are open from 7am-3pm every day, and their menu consists of mostly brunch options (with plenty of sandwiches and salads as well). I’m particularly fond of the mushroom quiche, which rotates on and off of the menu every once-in-a-while. I make sure to catch it when I can, but when I can’t, there’s always something equally satisfying to replace it. The granola blueberry pancakes, house naan, and Italian style baked eggs are some of my current favorites! The food is superb and the ambience is one that cannot be beat. Read my full post on Sheridan’s HERE. Sheridan’s (5133 S Lake Drive, Cudahy, WI // 414.747.9800)
Fairly new to the Milwaukee brunch scene, Moxie will be on your list of favorites in no time. Brunch until 4pm on Saturdays and 3pm on Sundays at this warm and welcoming spot for American comfort food. I’ll go ahead and say that these are probably the best crepes I’ve ever had. But I do feel quite passionately about the delicious combination of berries and cream cheese. Covered in fresh fruit syrup, you need these crepes in your life immediately. Also notable: their steak eggs Benedict is seriously perfection. Moxie (501 E. Silver Spring Drive, Whitefish Bay, WI // 414.204.8980)
1. Blue’s Egg
Certainly a classic, I have never seen a day where Blue’s Egg wasn’t packed with loyal patrons. They serve brunch until 11am, but that’s more than enough time for me down an entire serving of their ooey gooey monkey bread. By myself. And while you can’t really make a wrong move ordering anything on their menu, I’m partial to the Blue’s Classic Benedict. Their ham is brined for 21 days and then slow roasted for 12 hours. It’s placed atop of their homemade English muffin and finished off with a poached egg and hollandaise. Don’t forget to upgrade your side to the stuffed browns. If there was ever a time to upgrade, this is it people. Read my full post on Blue’s Egg HERE. Blue’s Egg (317 N 76th St, Milwaukee // 414.299.3180)
This is by no means an exhaustive list of brunch spots in Milwaukee, because believe me, there are hundreds of great ones! And new ones popping up what seems like every day. Enjoy this list of my favorites of the moment. Maybe you can even stay tuned for another installment of great Milwaukee brunch spots somewhere down the road! Because bacon, eggs, and cheese, please.