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Mar 21, 2011 06:41 PM

Any ideas for Milwaukee?

What's good for breakfast or brunch in Milwaukee?

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  1. Curious...what are your expectations? Looking to stay downtown or are you open to a bit of a drive out of town?

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    1. re: MikeB3542

      brunch not too far from downtown. Either something nice or some great local place

    2. Agreed. It would be helpful to get more specifics. Are you looking for a diner type place or a fancier brunch? Regular breakfast food or more lunch options? Dressy or not? And, of course, will you be downtown or along the North Shore or South Side or West? I know it sounds like a lot of questions but it will help to narrow in the choices. Good news is that there are GOOD choices for any of these........... :-)

      1. weekend? if so, Knickerbocker Hotel, Roots, Cafe Hollander (east side, not that I've had brunch at the Wauwatosa location but I've generally heard it to be not as good), Trocadero. Comet Cafe is good too, and a bit more of a diner-feel is Blue Egg in Wauwatosa (not too far). All are local, unique places.

        Blue Egg has it during the week too (Comet too, maybe).

        1. Another place that does a great Sunday brunch is Envoy, in the Ambassador Hotel, a mile west of downtown Milwaukee (you can walk through the Marquette campus to get there). I ate there a year or so ago and they had an amazingly creative menu. Plus, even though the menu was a la carte and everything was prepared to order, the brunch was all you can eat for a reasonable fixed price, so if you finished something and you wanted to try something else, it was all included. I thought it was outstanding.

          1. I love Comet cafe and Blues Egg but both will have long waits on a weekend. Worth it, but be prepared! I actually like Comet Cafe better since it is fun people watching. For a really lovely view of the lake and a pricey but WONDERFUL brunch, you may want to try Lake Park Bistro. They have a three course brunch that is lovely! The restaurant is in the park and overlooks Lake Michigan. The view is lost at dinner in the dark but, for brunch it is really great. Another beautiful location is Hubbard Park Lodge in Shorewood. The brunch caterers changed recently and I have not been back to taste the new offerings. but, you may want to look it up on the internet. It is a unique setting, in a small park overlooking the Milwaukee River in Shorewood which is the first suburb north of the city. The Knick, downtown is good but used to be better............. And, for a fun place on the east side, Beans and Barley has great brunch. Hope that helps. Enjoy!!

            Bartolotta's Lake Park Bistro
            3133 E. Newberry Blvd, Milwaukee, WI 53221

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            1. re: rjlebed

              >> I love Comet cafe and Blues Egg but both will have long waits on a weekend.

              Some places accept reservations for Sunday brunch, which is a good way to avoid a wait. Those mentioned above which accept reservations on the website include Envoy, the Knick, and Bartolotta's Lake Park Bistro.

              1. re: nsxtasy

                Lake Park Bistro is definitely a great choice -- not inexpensive, though. The location is 10 minutes north of downtown off of Lake Drive. Great food, great views of the lake, and great ambiance, I don't think you can go wrong here.

                Saz's, on State St. west of the Miller brewery, does a good brunch. Come back later in the day for ribs. Check out the unique bar.

                For classic diner ambiance, Miss Katie's Diner on West Clybourne (Marquette). Ma Fischer's on North Farwell is a classic if you need a breakfast fix at 2 am.

                For a nice light breakfast, I like Alterra Coffee. Outstanding coffee with various baked goods and pastries, breakfast burritos if famished. The Lake Park location, in an old water works building, is their flagship shop, but they have a couple other locations.

                You can't go too wrong at any of the hotels downtown (Knick, Pfister, Intercontinental, etc.)

                Bartolotta's Lake Park Bistro
                3133 E. Newberry Blvd, Milwaukee, WI 53221

                Miss Katie's Diner
                1900 W Clybourn St, Milwaukee, WI 53233