Whether you like waffles or mac n’cheese dishes, or a traditional breakfast of fluffy omelets stuffed with innovative ingredients (and a side of roasted potatoes or hash browns, of course), Milwaukee’s weekend-brunch scene is worth biting into. There are even a few spots that dip into ethnic dining, such as German and Spanish, for a unique bent on brunch. Below are several restaurants that offer a special brunch menu on the weekends (some serve on Saturday and Sunday—yay!).
Where: Walker’s Point, inside Iron Horse Hotel
Details: The Great Northern Brunch buffet on Sundays pays homage to dishes inspired by restaurants along the route from Washington to Maine. This includes barbecued ribs from Blue’s Barbecue in Billings, Mont., blueberry crepes from The Pines Café in Ironwood, Mich.; and smoked salmon from Faroe Islands in the North Atlantic, as well as Smyth’s own tiramisu pancakes. Bonus: $29 brunch price includes three mimosas per guest, plus Wisconsin cheeses, pastries, yogurt, bacon and sausage, greens salad, and mixed fruit and berries.
Bartolotta's Lake Park Bistro
Where: East Side
Details: Served on Sundays only, the menu includes shareable starters such as croissants (served in a basket with fresh jams) or a selection of 3-5 French fromage, before easing into an indulgent menu of classic French dishes like croque madame or poulet paillard (breaded chicken breast with spinach, lemon vinaigrette and cheese), and sautéed lump crab meat with Bearnaise sauce and a side of Dauphinoise potatoes. There are plenty of egg dishes, too.
What: Black Sheep
Where: Fifth Ward
Details: Perfect for hipsters—and wine lovers as the bar has a wine-tasting machine—the brunch on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday features comfort foods like chicken and waffles, biscuits and gravy, shrimp and grits, and corned beef hash. Spring for the Mimosa Table Service, which puts a carafe of fresh-squeezed OJ and a bottle of sparkling wine on your table. There are a few tables out front, perfect on a warm day.
What: Harbor House
Details: Just as sweet as the view (of Lake Michigan and the soaring wings on the Calatrava at the Milwaukee Art Museum) is the Sunday-brunch buffet ($39.95). It includes fresh oysters and clams on the half shell, made-to-order eggs benedict and omelettes, and access to a dessert table. On the lunch table is Harbor House’s lobster pot pie as well as cedar-planked baked Atlantic salmon.
Devon Seafood & Steak
What: Devon Seafood & Steak
Where: Glendale, at Bayshore Town Center
Details: Sunday’s brunch buffet ($29) at Devon is much like the rest of the seafood-focused lunch and dinner menus, with dishes like scallops, mussels, peppered mackerel and smoked salmon. A dozen entrees are on the buffet, including lobster mac n’cheese, shrimp enchiladas, biscuits, and gravy. (And, don’t worry, there’s a dessert table, too.)
Where: Walker’s Point
Details: Open since 2014, this restaurant is inspired by one of the three owners’ experiences living in Spain. Sunday brunch means decadent bites like churro popovers, a suckling-pig benedict with citrus hollandaise, or blackberry waffles with guindilla chili peppers and braised chicken topped with paprika and black pepper maple syrup.
What: Red Dot
Where: Wauwatosa and Milwaukee’s East Side
Details: Serving brunch on Saturday and Sunday at this super-casual spot (known for its burgers and beer), the menu includes “breakfast poutine,” which is tater tots topped with cheese curds, sausage gravy, and two eggs; and prime-rib benedict. Prices are affordable, with the most expensive item being $11. Some of the dishes come with a side of breakfast potatoes, others with tater tots.
Where: Downtown Milwaukee
Details: A fixture in Milwaukee’s dining scene since it opened in 1982 by German immigrant Charles Mader, this German eatery offers a Sunday brunch buffet ($24.95). Included in the meat-heavy brunch is a carving station (for meat), Hungarian beef goulash, Bavarian Sauerbraten, Kassler Rippchen, and Bratwurst and Knackwurst. Fresh fruit, vegetables, cheeses, peel-and-eat shrimp and more eats are also included, as well as a juice bar and mimosas.
What: The Rouge
Where: Downtown Milwaukee, inside the Pfister Hotel
Details: Served in an intimate historic dining room at this glam, historic hotel, the Sunday brunch ($39.95) features made-to-order pasta entrees and omelets, a carving station for meat, artisan cheeses and fresh fruits, and a dessert station. Included in the brunch cost are mimosas and a bloody-mary bar.
What: Wolf Peach
Where: Brewers Hill
Details: Divided into “sweet” and “savory” categories, the Saturday and Sunday brunch menu includes chilaquiles, “lumberjack stack” of pancakes, and a buttermilk waffle topped with hazelnut butter, strawberry-thyme jam and whipped cream; plus five wood-fired pizzas. Cheeseburgers and biscuits-and-gravy are two staples on the innovative menu.