Surprise! A New Diner Just Opened in The Third Ward

And it’s very “un-dinery.”

Interior of Sweet Diner in the Third WardThe Third Ward’s new Sweet Diner (239 E. Chicago St., 414-488-9600) is officially up and at ’em. With a bright, modern interior — an open dining room and bar area with high ceilings, exposed brick and wooden floors — it’s the antithesis of the old-school diner.

Menu options are sweet and savory. Of the diner classics, there’s the SD egg plate (three eggs, breakfast potatoes, toast), “famous” ham off the bone (with eggs, potatoes and toast), chorizo and scrambled egg tacos and classic avocado toast ($8-$17). Sweet offerings include cinnamon French toast, several kinds of pancakes (chocolate chip, caramel apple) and cornbread waffles (with optional Memphis fried chicken), $9-$11-plus.

More, too — skillet bowls, omelets, various eggs benedicts and a section of lunchy items like salads, something called a Protein Pack (with lentils, brown rice, ham, eggs and veggies) and sandwiches such as grilled cheese, a breakfast burger, croque madame and monte cristo grilled on French toast ($5-$11).

Hours: Daily 6 a.m.-4 p.m.



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.