Breakfast/Brunch in Milwaukee, WI
Brunch at a seafood restaurant? That’s what we thought, until we feasted on the incredible, all-you-can-eat spread Molly Cool’s Seafood Tavern puts out every Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Place your order for your free mimosa or glass of orange juice (included in the buffet price), then peruse the buffet menu that changes weekly to include entrees made with in-season seafood. Yes you read that right -- this all-you-can-eat spread isn’t the typical on-display-buffet with rubbery eggs and cold bacon. This “buffet” lets you pick made-to-order small plates from their buffet menu where you’ll find dishes like a classic eggs Benedict to seafood eats, like a crab Florentine or their scrambled eggs and lobster. Is one Mimosa with brunch not enough for you? We recommend ordering their Bloody Goblet, which is a wild take on a bloody mary that has pickles, asparagus, olives and sausage as garnishes.
When you get tired of all the boring breakfast options at “traditional” restaurants, it’s time to take a trip to Cafe Hollander. Come during the week (between the hours of 8-11 a.m.) and you can order any number of crazy plates off their breakfast menu -- like the “Napoleon Dynamite” tower of pancakes and bacon served with eggs and a Belgian beer cheese sauce, or the "Banana Coconut Pancakes" that come dripping with a rum butter sauce. But the real morning treat is served on the weekends (9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays) where the weekday breakfast menu doubles in size to include all sorts of wild dishes -- like Berry Basil French Toast, Smoked Kielbasa and Eggs Waffle, and the Buffalo Chicken Waffle.
Ahh, to be in Paris, crunching on crusty baguettes and tasty pastries… We'll hold the phone, you don’t need to book a flight to France if you’re in Wauwatosa -- just reserve a table at Le Rêve Patisserie & Café. While the restaurant serves lunch, dinner and a new menu of French Tapas, the café’s big draw is its bakery and breakfast fare. Stick with the traditional French crepe served sweet with fresh fruit, like the Banana Nutella, or try the savory Country Ham, Gruyere and Egg crepe. Have your breakfast in the quaint bistro or order almost any menu item to go, including croissants, sticky buns and other pastries. Top off your dine-in breakfast with a uniquely French breakfast cocktail, like the Red Fairy, which is absinthe mixed with Bloody Mary mix, or try a peach and prosecco Bellini. Breakfast is served six days a week starting at 8 a.m., but the restaurant is closed on Sundays.
As the “City of Festivals,” Milwaukee has countless cultural and ethnic events from countries around the world, so it seems apropos to seek out a morning meal that offers some international flavor. Every Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Trinity Three Irish Pub serves up a menu of traditional Irish breakfast items, along with some traditional favorites. Order their Irish Breakfast and you’ll get two fried eggs, Irish bacon, sausage, Trinity potatoes and a roasted tomato. There’s also a Corned Beef Hash served with two poached eggs, or go cross-cultural with their Bailey’s French Toast -- which is brioche dipped in a Bailey’s Irish Cream batter and served with a Guinness syrup. No Irish breakfast would be complete without a good, stiff drink, and Trinity offers you a selection of breakfast cocktails, so have your morning meal with a bloody mary, a mimosa or an Irish coffee.
We’ve mentioned Blue’s Egg before as a great place to find local flavor for lunch, but we’d be remiss not to list it as one of the best breakfast spots in Milwaukee… after all, it’s got “egg” in its name! Open daily from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m., Blue’s Egg is the premiere place to go for international fare as its fusion menu blends the made-from-scratch flavors of France, Italy, England, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Scandinavia, Northern Africa and Asia. Check out their Ratatouille Omelet, the Smoked Salmon Crepe, and their Old English Eggs Benedict, or opt for the Dubliner with its combination of poached eggs and corned beef. There’s also plenty for those who prefer classic, local flavors, like the Wisconsin Cheddar omelet and their blueberry pancakes.