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7 Of The Best Brunch Restaurants In Milwaukee, WI

By Parker Diakite

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Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, Milwaukee is a city known for its breweries and cheese. One thing that will also surprise people about Milwaukee is that it is rich in culture and history.

As one of Wisconsin’s largest cities,  it’s a great place to explore that culture and history through food.

Here are our picks for the best brunch spots in Milwaukee.

Coffee Makes You Black

With the motto: “in the community, for the community,”  Coffee Makes You Black is a food spot that embraces the culture of the African diaspora.

The atmosphere is welcoming and an overall great vibe. The chicken and waffles are a top choice among brunch-goers as well.

Brunch

If you’re looking for a place that offers a variety, Brunch is for you.   The staff here switches the menu so you can expect fresh food each season.

Visitors will have their choice between sweet and savory dishes, including cinnamon roll pancakes, a wiscomelette, and a crab leg benedict during brunch. 

Birch + Butcher

Birch + Butcher is another good brunch choice for those of you looking for brunch outside the norm.  This restaurant is known to be the only open fire hearth in the city. 

This is another restaurant with a menu that changes often, but you will find staples such as cinnamon rolls, homemade rosemary biscuits with charcuterie gravy, and naan bread topped with nduja, ricotta every season. 

Roasted meatballs on grits smothered in cheese. Instagram | @birchandbutcher

Black Sheep

The Black Sheep is a tap wine bar that offers an amazing brunch in the city.   The brunch features items ranging from light, healthy options to greasy breakfast favorites such as piles of bacon. Wanting to day-drink?  You can enjoy a mimosa table service for just $25. 

On the brunch menu are pancake battered cheese curds, Nutella puff pastries, and breakfast risotto.

Café Calatrava at the Milwaukee Art Museum

Milwaukee Art Museum is where you can start your day off with brunch at Café Calatrava.

Café Calatrava sits along Lake Michigan, so you can enjoy spectacular views and an ever-changing menu full of contemporary cuisine.

After brunch, you can check out the latest exhibits at the museum.

Photo courtesy of Café Calatrava

Engine Company No. 3

Engine Company No. 3 aims to keep things farm fresh with locally sourced ingredients that make up the varied menu. From savory sweets like Earl Grey French toast to smoked salmon benedict, spaghetti squash carbonara, and Wisconsin omelets. Brunch is served every Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

View MKE

Brunch at View MKE is another great place for views, but it’s also great for an even better brunch menu that features cookie batter waffles, baklava French toast and steak and eggs featuring braised short ribs, over-easy eggs, and fries.

There are also brunch pizzas baked in the restaurant’s wood-fired oven.

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