Let’s do Brunch! The Ultimate Guide to Brunch in Milwaukee

Mother’s Day is just shy of two weeks away, and as a mother I can say that brunch is one of my favorite meals to enjoy out. And on a day that’s just for us moms, is there anything better than a meal that we don’t have to plan, shop, cook or clean for? I think not. After asking around to other local moms, we’ve got a great list of some of the best brunch fare in Milwaukee. 



Kid Friendly

cafe centraal

Biermosa at Cafe Centraal

There’s something on the menu for everyone at each of these restaurants! If you’re looking to hit up some place a little more casual and very kid friendly, our favorites are:

Cafe Hollander – Three locations in Tosa, Downer Ave and even one up I-94 in Madison, Hollander is a can’t miss brunch stop. You guys. Beignets. 

Cafe Benelux – Milwaukee Third Ward. It’s hard to choose between the Breakfast Burrito and the Tenderloin Waffle Browns! And of course, a Bloody with Milwaukee’s own Rehorst garlic-infused vodka.

Cafe Centraal – This is well above your classic brunch spot, located in Bay View. The Biermosa is killer and there is a menu item called “Cheesy Gooey Spicy Mess.” What’s not to love about that?! BONUS :: An entirely Gluten Free Brunch menu!

Trocadero – Water Street, Milwaukee. OMG, y’all. They have Chicken and Waffles. And Crepes. It’s a perfect marriage!

Mad Rooster Cafe – Right down the street from Miller Park, Mad Rooster is wonderful and very kid friendly. Love the Breakfast Burger and the kid’s menu is awesome. And be sure to check out “The Hangover,” a plate designed specifically for those mornings. 

Blue’s Egg – N 76th St, Milwaukee. This place is an institution. Dubliner Eggs Benedict with corned beef, Creamy Polenta with poached eggs and kale, a Smoked Salmon Crepe, and so much more. Blue’s Egg is famous for taking brunch to a whole new level. 

Zak’s Cafe – Walker’s Point. Some very cool menu items here – Ahi Tuna, Halibut Sandwich, Lobster Benedict. YUM.

Hubbard Park Lodge – Shorewood.  Very kid-friendly and served family style! 

Hungry for delicious BBQ (yes, even at brunch) check out Smoke Shack, get there early though because the place is truly a shack. It’s small but the food is to die for! 

Milwaukee Gems


Gingerbread House

For more amazing food, and great atmosphere hit up any of the following places and you won’t be disappointed: 

Engine Company #3

Cafe Corazon

Water Buffalo – Third Ward. The coolest thing about Water Buffalo is that all of Milwaukee shows up for bottomless mimosas or a Bloody. Baseball caps and pony tails — it’s the place to eat banana foster with peanut butter and forget you overslept for yoga. Sundays are packed, but worth the wait!


Gingerbread House – Muskego. Has that kind of kitschy vibe backed up with yummy food. 

Beans and Barley

Honeypie Cafe – KK. A huge favorite among MkeMB readers! It’s the little gem you don’t want to share. Whatever the special is, try it! It’s so good and the menu is so varied you we could do brunch and then be back for dinner in 5 hours. It’s just THAT good. The atmosphere is very eclectic Milwaukee.

The Comet Cafe

Cafe at the Plaza

Lazy Susan

The National

Wolf Peach – Great for the “foodies.” Small menu and local food that’s farm to table. They have communal dining where diners cozy up and get to know one another! If you love people AND food, this place is amazing. PRO TIP :: Make reservations! You can easily wait an hour a half if you are a walk-in. 

Story Hill BKC – Owned by the same folks as Blue’s Egg and Maxies. The menu here changes seasonally and it is always acceptable to drink wine at 10 am here. 

Simple Cafe

MJ Stevens – Great stop for the “North of the City” folk in Hartford. They have a special Mother’s Day brunch from 10 to 2 and reservations are highly recommended.

Are you headed to brunch with your own mom and without the kids? We like both Smyth (at the Iron Horse Hotel) & Bacchus, for a brunch that’s more on the adult side. At Smyth, you’ll find impeccable service, an unlimited mimosa bar, an omelet bar, the sea food bar, the dessert table that’s unmatchable. With the white table cloths and red padded chairs, The Iron Horse Hotel puts on a true Milwaukee brunch. Oh, and crepes with lemon ganache! 

Brand New on the Scene

Brunch – This new downtown joint opened in June and it specializes in, you guessed it, BRUNCH. They have a Bacon Flight on the starters menu, which sounds like a fantastic idea. Ben Fold even stopped by before his Summerfest gig! 

You just can’t go wrong with brunch in Milwaukee. Be sure the check the links and make your reservations now, before places book up! Be sure to share this post with your significant other if you’re expecting that they plan the perfect Mother’s Day for you.

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