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Bountiful breakfasts

By MARTIN HINTZ

 

A hearty breakfast is the best way to kick off one’s day, fueling both the mind and body. Between comfort food at any of George Webb’s multiple locations and a high-end weekend buffet, Milwaukee’s eateries offer a range of options, whether for leisurely lattes or on the gallop. Here are some of our faves:

No. 1 Beans and Barley
1901 E. North Ave., Milwaukee

Vibe: A cheerful place to meet and greet

Specialty: Herb omelet made with shredded spinach with onions, green peppers, tomato and mushrooms

Local Lust: Eggs Cubano with scrambled eggs and cheddar, augmented with husky black beans, mild salsa and tortillas

Best For: Folks who want a simple, healthy and delicious bite


No. 2 Ma Fischer’s Family Restaurant
2214 N. Farwell Ave., Milwaukee

Vibe: A mix of college early risers and lingering locals

Breakfast Specialty: Ma’s Special No. 1 has two pancakes, while Ma’s Special No. 2 presents two slabs of French toast — both with two eggs done up in any style, along with bacon, sausage links or ham

Local Lust: Country fried steak with two eggs and gravy

Best For: All-walks-of-life people watching


No. 3 Café Hollander
2608 N. Downer Ave., Milwaukee7677 W. State St., Wauwatosa

Vibe: Early a.m. laid-back; awarded Best Bike Friendly Business in Milwaukee

Breakfast Specialty: Three-egger Benelux omelet orchestrated with Gruyere cheese, diced tomato and sautéed mushrooms

Local Lust: Oatmeal dazzled up with hints of cinnamon and vanilla

Best Baked Treat: Old World baguette with jam, which is served for brunch

Best For: Hipster folks on the go and outdoor-seating lovers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


No. 4 Hi Hat Lounge
1701 N. Arlington Place, Milwaukee

Vibe: Weekend brunch for tarrying over newspapers

Breakfast Specialty: Build-your-own three-egg omelet or burrito

Local Lust: Grilled portabella sandwich with fried egg, jalape-o mousse, tomato and fried onions; plus potatoes

Best Baked Treat: Biscuits and gravy, served with herbed scrambled eggs

Best For: Late risers and early cocktails


o. 5 Comet Café
1947 N. Farwell Ave., Milwaukee

Vibe: Basic slow food made from scratch

Breakfast Specialty: The commuter sandwich incorporates two eggs any style, toast and cheese

Local Lust: Pancakes with bacon inside

Best Baked Treat: All the pastries are baked fresh daily at Honeypie, Comet’s sister cafe, with fruit pies being the most popular

Best For: Respect-me-in-the-morning revelers


No. 6The Pancake House
16460 W. Bluemound Road, Brookfield

Vibe: Like eating at home, but with lingonberries and fresh whipping cream

Breakfast Specialty: Buttermilk, buckwheat or potato pancakes

Local Lust: The Tahitian Maiden’s Dream with Danish Kijafa cherry crepes

Best Baked Treat: Apple Pancake baked with fresh Granny Smith apples and Sinkiang cinnamon glaze

Best For: Hungry families and stevedores