Brunch, glorious brunch. It combines all of the good things about eating. Sweet, savory, breakfast, lunch, day drinking. I don’t know if it’s a Milwaukee thing, a city thing, or just a human thing, but brunch in Milwaukee is cah-razy. So many options and so many people!
Going out for brunch is absolutely my favorite way to eat. I’m so crazy about it, as a matter of fact, that my co-workers threw me a brunch themed bridal shower. Don’t they know me so well? Point is, I love brunch, but I tend to get stuck in a rut and go back to my favorite places over and over again. Therefore, it’s brunch guide time! I’m dividing it out by Milwaukee neighborhoods, starting with my own, Walker’s Point.
Check out the other MKE brunch guides too!
Updates made December 2014.
The Noble — Brunch is on Monday, only Monday, from 11-3 and the menu is always changing. If you find yourself with a free Monday morning, check their facebook page for a sneak peek of what they have cooking up. The Noble is seriously fantastic and while I’ve only been for dinner service, a recent brunch menu had my mouth watering: A Campfire Bloody garnished with Spicy Italian Sausages, Sea Salted Caramel Chocolate Brownie Pancakes, Orange Marmalade Pork Chop, Sun Dried Tomato, Basil, and Cream Cheese Omelette, Pan Seared Diver Scallop Bennie, and Filet and Eggs smothered in Boursin Cream Mushroom Ragu. I mean, are you kidding me with that deliciousness?
704 S. 2nd Street (414) 688-5289
Colectivo — Simple and quick, Colectivo is a regular breakfast spot for the Ulmer family (yes, that includes the little Bea). Formerly named Alterra, Colectivo is known for their coffee, but I venture to say their cheesy egg biscuit is what keeps me coming back for more. You can’t go wrong with a breakfast burrito, slice of quiche, or a pastry (made fresh at their Bay View location) either.
Multiple Locations, but located in Walker’s Point at 170 S. 1st Street (414) 765-9873
Black Sheep — Fantastic service and even better food, Black Sheep serves up bloodies & mimosa table service along side their mystery waffle, chupacabra dog, and breakfast philly. The perfect way to start a fun Sunday with friends. See my full dinner review here.
216 S. 2nd Street (414) 223-0903
Zak’s Cafe — For their Fall dinner menu, Zak’s is now offering some of their breakfast & lunch items. Breakfast for dinner, always a yes! For normal brunching hours, they keep things pretty easy and delicious, but have a couple twists on your traditional breakfast including items like the lobster benedict, sweet potato hash, and a quark stuffed french toast. I haven’t tried Zak’s out quite yet, but this whole breakfast for dinner thing is verrrrrry exciting.
231 S. 2nd Street (414) 271-5555
The National — The National has an incredible reputation for delicious food in a cozy atmosphere. Very vegetarian friendly, they serve up the usual breakfast goods like omelets with the option for a tofu scramble instead. With a couple fun menu items thrown in (yorkshire pudding, anyone?) the National is high on my list.
839 W. National Avenue (414) 431-6551
Movida — A new tapas restaurant I can’t wait to try, I was surprised to find they also serve brunch. Sticking to their Spanish roots, Movida serves torrijas (spanish french toast), tortilla espanola (spanish omelet), and even flan.
524 S. 2nd Street (414) 224-5300
The Iron Horse Hotel (Smyth) — I actually had breakfast here on my wedding day (see picture, awwwww) and immensely enjoyed the housemade granola and tea in the library; however, the Iron Horse is really known for it’s Route 66 brunch in Smyth that I have yet to try. It’s a good option for a special occasion (mother’s day comes to mind) because it’s a $33 buffet including scratch from the kitchen plates and a complimentary mimosa. This is the crème de la crème of brunch buffets including everything from tiramisu pancakes to rock salt-crusted prime rib. Sounds worth it to me!
500 W. Florida Street (414) 831-4615
The Iron Horse Hotel (Branded) — An affordable option for the rest of us, Branded bar at Iron Horse now offers selections from their Route 66 brunch menu for under $10. With their amazing food and $6 mimosas, you’ll be sure to find me there on Sundays.
500 W. Florida Street (414) 831-4615
Prodigal Gastropub — Gastropubs are the greatest. What’s not to love about out-of-the-box, high quality food? Prodigal serves brunch on Sundays and is definitely one of the more interesting brunch menus in Milwaukee with items like chicken liver mousse, vegetarian strata, pineapple & yogurt, and shrimp & grits.
240 E. Pittsburgh Avenue (414) 223-3030
Blue Jacket — Sad to say, Blue Jacket no longer serves brunch.
When it comes to brunch at Blue Jacket, I’m mostly just interested in their exciting brunch cocktail list (not that the menu doesn’t look fabulous as well). I’ll have to try Blue Jacket’s brunch on multiple occasions so I can space out sipping each one of their delicious sounding cocktails like the Anonymous Crow with Rehorst Gin, Cocchi Americano, Bittered St. Germain, and Strawberry Tincture or even their simple Market Bellini with fresh macerated market fruit & sparkling wine. Somebody, roll me home!
135 E. National Avenue (414) 312-7098
Screaming Tuna — I was surprised to find out Screaming Tuna serves brunch since a sushi restaurant isn’t normally where I would think to go for my hashbrown fix. Incredibly, they have an extensive brunch menu featuring tons of seafood with a few traditional brunch items, like omelets and pancakes, mixed in.
106 W. Seeboth (414) 763-1637
Wayward Kitchen & Bar — A newer addition to Walker’s Point, Wayward is serving up a menu of brunch items including chorizo fried rice and a peanut butter & bananas foster sandwich. Not to mention, their mix + match bloodies, mimosas & screwdrivers deal (featuring alternative juices to your standard OJ) 3 for $15. Pass the peach mimosa, please.
1407 S. 1st Street (414) 763-1191