Blue's Egg breakfast

2017 Readers’ Choice Awards: Breakfast and Brunch

Weekday breakfast and weekend brunch are two distinct dining categories, so we weren’t surprised to see the lack of overlap between these two winners lists. Here’s where you like to get your eggs and pancakes.


Every top-scoring restaurant here understands that a great weekday breakfast is a combo of stellar food delivered expeditiously (because the clocking-in time at work looms for many of us) and competent service. Our winners seem to have it all: Blue’s Egg, where monkey bread and stuffed browns are close to heaven (317 N. 76th St.); Engine Company No. 3, whether doing maple honey French toast or Colombian patacon con huevo (217 W. National Ave.); and Mad Rooster Cafe, which has made homemade Greek yogurt into an incredible morning “dessert” (4401 W. Greenfield Ave.).


While sister restaurant Blue’s Egg dominates in the weekday category, Story Hill BKC (5100 W. Bluemound Rd.) has its hands on the top weekend prize. Might be the combo of Turkish shakshouka and crepe monsieur. Bay View’s Honeypie Cafe (2643 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.) took second with an extra order of brioche French toast and biscuits and sausage gravy; while Comet Cafe (1947 N. Farwell Ave.) scored third, leaving no crumbs from its chicken in a biscuit, with hash browns. A round of bloody marys for all!

  1. Blue’s Egg (317 N. 76th St.)
  2. Engine Company No. 3 (217 W. National Ave.)
  3. Mad Rooster Cafe (4401 W. Greenfield Ave.)
  1. Story Hill BKC (5100 W. Bluemound Rd.)
  2. Honeypie Cafe (2643 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.)
  3. Comet Cafe (1947 N. Farwell Ave.)

2017 Readers' Choice Awards 

2017 Readers’ Choice Awards

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‘2017 Readers’ Choice Awards’ appears in the September 2017 issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

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Ann Christenson has covered dining for Milwaukee Magazine since 1997. She was raised on a diet of casseroles that started with a pound of ground beef and a can of Campbell's soup. Feel free to share any casserole recipes with her.