A list of brunch options, plus Ann Christenson weighs in.

Easter is a little late this year — meaning you’ve got plenty of time to choose which eatery will best suit your palate. Scroll down for Dining Critic Ann Christenson’s recommendations.

Saz’s Brunch Buffet

This Easter Sunday, Saz’s will have your favorite breakfast classics such as Belgian waffles, loaded hash browns and eggs Benedict. If you’re not in the mood for breakfast foods, Saz’s will have an array of different entrees for you to choose from, including their famous BBQ baby back ribs, lobster mac & cheese and many more. A chef-interactive station, salads and desserts will be in abundance for the whole family to enjoy.  

Reservations required. To reserve call (414) 453-2410 or email events@sazs.com

Cost: Adults: $29.50, Children (5-12): $11.50
Where: Saz’s; 5539 W. State St.
Time: Seatings at 9 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2 p.m.

A Pfister Easter

Make this Easter one to remember at Milwaukee’s iconic Pfister hotel. From a sculpted ice and seafood display to an assortment of artisanal breads, the Pfister will have all the luxurious foods your heart desires. Not to mention fun Easter activities and special appearance by the Easter Bunny.

Reservations required. To reserve call (414) 935-5950

Cost: Adults: $68, Children: $27 (Children under 2 years old are free)
Where: Pfister Hotel; 424 E. Wisconsin Ave.
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Easter Brunch at the Grain Exchange

Enjoy a variety of foods at the Easter brunch buffet, including a bottomless mimosa fountain and appetizer, omelet, crepe and waffle stations. The Easter Bunny will also be available for photos.

Reservations recommended. To reserve call (414) 727-6980

Cost: Adults: $54.95, Children: $15.95 (Complimentary for children 2 years old and younger)
Where: Grain Exchange; 225 E. Michigan St.
Time: 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Easter at the Italian Community Center

This buffet is loaded with options: breakfast, pasta, carving, bambini and dessert stations. So much to choose from but luckily you’ll get to taste it all — if you have enough room.

Reservations recommended. To reserve call (414) 223-2800

Cost: Adults: $34.95, Children: $15.95 (Children under 2 years old are free)
Where: Italian Community Center; 631 E. Chicago St.
Time: 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.  

Easter Brunch at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center

This won’t be an ordinary Easter brunch. Yes, there will be traditional breakfast favorites (waffles, omelets, etc.). A carving station with roasted lamb leg and other hot entrees will be waiting for you, too. But what makes this brunch special is the outdoor petting zoo at 6th and Green that’ll fill every child’s heart with glee. And of course the Easter Bunny will be there.

Reservations required. To reserve call (414) 935-5940

Cost: Adults (13 years old and up): $45, children (6 -12 years old): $21
Where: Hilton Milwaukee City Center; 509 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Easter Brunch Dinner Party 

If early brunch just isn’t your thing, no worries­ —  there’s a brunch dinner party this Easter. Enjoy a real Wisconsinite Easter brunch buffet with smoked bratwurst, cheese platters and much more.  

Reservations required. To reserve call (414) 543-4230

Cost: $30 per person
Where:
West Allis Cheese & Sausage Shoppe; 6832 W. Becher St.
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Easter Brunch in Windover Hall

What’s better than an Easter brunch buffet? An Easter brunch buffet inside our beautiful art museum. Sip and eat under the wings and enjoy a festive brunch buffet with all the fruits, veggies, meats and pastries you can imagine. And when you’re done, explore the museum’s paintings, sculptures and special exhibits.

Cost: Adults: $45 for museum members, $55 for non-members, Children: $15
Where: Milwaukee Art Museum; 700 N. Art Museum Dr.
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Easter at Third Coast Provisions

New England-style French toast buns, lobster deviled eggs and braised beef short ribs are just a few of the many mouthwatering foods waiting for you. This family-style prix fixe Easter brunch is going to be big.

Reservations required. To reserve call (414) 323-7434 or book online.

Cost: $50 per person
Where: Third Coast Provisions; 724 N Milwaukee St.
Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Sazama’s Easter Brunch

House-made caramel cinnamon rolls, cornbread waffles and a bloody mary bar should be enticing enough. But if you needed another nudge, this Easter brunch will be at one of the most elegant locations in town, giving you beautiful views of the Milwaukee River.

Reservations required. To reserve call (414) 276-2030 or email info@sazamas.com

Cost: Adults: $43, Children (5- 12 years old): $19
Where: Marcus Center for the Performing Arts; 929 N. Water St.
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

— by Patricia McKnight


Need more help? Ask Ann!

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Q:

Easter is coming, and I don’t want to cook. Can you recommend some options for a nice brunch for the holiday?

A: Easter is a big-ticket day for brunch, with styles ranging from buffets and fancy prix-fixe menus to straightforward a la carte service.

If you’re looking for something a little offbeat, Don’s Diner & Cocktails is offering an Easter cake shake (with booze or without) as a special to enjoy with the menu of updated diner classics.

Sister restaurant Hotel Madrid is going theme-y (special beverages, Easter candy) and featuring breakfast items beyond weekly staples like croquetas, pork belly hash and Fruity Pebbles pancakes.

At the Iron Horse Hotel (serving 10 a.m.-4 p.m.), regionally inspired dishes and bottomless mimosas are part of the brunch package.

Pastiche at Hotel Metro has the kind of buffet (9 a.m.-2 p.m.) built for holidays, with omelet and carving stations, a seafood display, desserts and mimosas.

Both the Hilton and Pfister hotels are offering kid-friendly extras to their buffets (Hilton brunch, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Pfister, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.), including Easter Bunny sightings; the Hilton will have an outdoor petting zoo.

Not to be outdone, Sabrosa Café has planned a full spread with rotating entrée selections all day (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) and a heated tent to accommodate crowd overflow.

The Bartolotta Restaurants expect to be busy as well, with brunches at Harbor House, Lake Park Bistro, Bacchus, Italian Community Center and others. Reservations are essential. Make them early!

–by Ann Christenson


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