Downtown Dining Week Review: Brunch

Our thoughts on brunch at Brunch during Downtown Dining Week.

Relative newcomer Brunch is bright and sunny with cheery wait staff, yellow walls and an interesting smattering of alcohol-enhanced breakfast drinks (such as Spiked Coffee). Big groups take well to the spacious dining room, which occupies a corner address at Plankinton and Wells streets, opposite of the Germania Building, which was recently renovated to include upscale apartments. For Downtown Dining Week, Brunch is dishing out a standard tri-level selection allowing you to mix and match comfort food with more sophisticated options, if a crepe is your idea of sophistication (and it’s mine).

Brunch in Milwaukee
Photo courtesy of Kelsey Lawson

With Brunch not open for dinner, the lunch menu is pretty substantial. The starting layer includes a choice of breakfast tacos with pork carnitas – which are a brunch unto themselves – a fruit plate or sweet potato waffle fries graced with bourbon syrup. The entrées take you in a number of different directions: option one is an avocado and fried egg BLT grenade of yum; option two is a more comfort-food feeling Wiscomelette with bratwurst, carmelized onions and cheese curds; and option three is a Waldorf grinder with chicken, green onions, red grapes, green apple and garlic aioli.

Dessert includes a savory Arrested Development reference, a Bluth Banana Pancake that incorporates banana custard, fresh bananas, chocolate chips and chocolate syrup. A more conservative option is the reasonably-sized apple cinnamon biscuits or, here comes the crepe, a crepe filled with Valentine coffee-infused mascarpone cheese. At Brunch, you can also order a do-it-yourself-at-the-table French press coffee for $5.

Downtown Dining Week runs through Friday June 8.