Eight venues that can cap off a busy week with a scrumptious brunch
Gotta Have: Homemade pop tarts, Spanish baked omelet, baby Dutch pancake, chorizo-avocado scrambler and a new French toast sandwich with ham and manchego
Vibe: Not dressed up for church, but not chillaxed ripped jeans, either; lots of strong black coffee and stiffer drinks
Specifics: Sun 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $7-$19. (801 N. Cass St., 414-277-1111)
Gotta Have: Falafel waffle (exactly that, and topped with yogurt sauce, lemon marmalade, sumac onion and a hardboiled egg), breakfast poutine, aebleskiver pancake puffs stuffed with Grand Cru cheese and grape jam, and linguine alla carbonara, which may seem odd for brunch but trust us and the egg, pecorino and pancetta that’s in it.
Vibe: A little ruffly, roll-out-of-bed, lots of Bay View populists nursing drinks like the “fix-it gim-lit” (enhanced with Emergen-C) and spicy bloodys and munching on whipped tofu avocado toast.
Specifics: Sun 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $7-$14. (2457 S. Wentworth Ave., 414-763-4706)
Gotta Have: Stuffed hash browns, classic eggs Benedict with pulled ham, monkey bread (definitely “crunk it,” which means, with whiskey-caramel sauce), crispy blue crab cake with buttered challah and poached eggs, the inventive daily specials
Specifics: Sat-Sun 7 a.m.-2 p.m. $6.50-$12.95. (317 N. 76th St., 414-299-3180)
Tip: If you don’t mind elbow-to-elbow seats, head for the bar – your best chance to get a spot when it’s packed (as it often is) with families.
Gotta Have: Shakshouka (Tunisian poached eggs in tomato ragout), chicken torta, the “crep-urrito” of scrambled eggs, cumin tomato sauce and jalapeno mayo stuffed inside a crepe
Vibe: The cheerful, cocktail-slinging staff dressed in checkered shirts and tan aprons seems to know you’re hungry; come early.
Specifics: Sat-Sun 9 a.m.-2 p.m. $6-$16. (5100 W. Bluemound Rd., 414-539-4424)
Gotta Have: Blueberry pancakes; chicken souvla skillet (roasted potatoes, pulled chicken, yogurt avocado sauce, feta eggs); homemade Greek yogurt with fruit, granola, smoked pecans and honey; pan-fried potatoes topped with cheddar and ham
Vibe: Warm and diner-y, with lots of families and amiable waitresses carrying pots of regular and decaf
Specifics: Sat-Sun 6 a.m.-3 p.m. $3.45-$24.95. (9405 S. 27th St., Franklin, 414-574-5132)
Gotta Have: Warm, gooey monkey bread; Spanish-style tortilla; Tuscan chicken fritte (fried chicken) with rosemary biscuits and Italian sausage gravy; mascarpone-stuffed brioche French toast
Specifics: Sat-Sun 8 a.m.-2 p.m. $8-$18. (Kimpton Journeyman Hotel, 200 N. Broadway, 414-291-3971)
Tip: Take a seat near the windows of the Mediterranean-imbued dining room facing Broadway and watch the Third Ward masses stroll by.
Gotta Have: Blueberry or lemon poppyseed pancakes, Italian biscuits and gravy, Plaza scramble, avocado toast
Vibe: Retro cafe with an art deco feel; the curved counter is cozy and friendly. The intimate, ivy-covered courtyard will lure you outside.
Specifics: Sat-Sun 7 a.m.-2 p.m. $7-$15. (1007 N. Cass St., 414-272-0515)
Gotta Have: The raw bar and salads, lunch items (cedar-plank salmon, lobster pot pie, sliced roast beef, etcetera) and desserts, all from the buffet tables. Pace yourself. You can make multiple trips to the tables, so make the rounds first, see what looks enticing, and opt for small portions.
Vibe: The lake is a cheerful backdrop.
Specifics: Sun 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Adults $39.95; children 12 years and under $15.95 (550 North Harbor Drive, 414-395-4900) ◆