Cafe Hollander - Tosa Village

Whether you are looking for an interesting take on the traditional brunch or you want to experience an amazing space, Café Hollander in Tosa Village is a must on anyone's list of brunch stops. This restaurant, which is a part of the Diablos Rojos restaurant network, has one of the largest import beer selections for any meal, but some of the best waffles and pancakes in Milwaukee for brunch.

Driving into the Village of Wauwatosa on State Street, one gets a sense of how this suburb of Milwaukee absorbs the best the city has to offer (food, shops, neighborhood) and blends it with the friendliness and charm of a small Wisconsin town. Opening a second location of this Eastside staple, Café Hollander blends in nicely to the surrounding neighborhood of the Village. I have visited this restaurant on several different occasions for different meals. Brunch, of course, has been my favorite.

Immediately upon entering, you are presented with a large bar with several import beers on tap. It might be a bit hard to notice the host station, since it's a little tucked behind the entrance. I looked around for my friend, Andrea, who was meeting me out for brunch this time, but she was not there. I asked for a table, and the hostess sat me and told me the server, Mike, would be right over. Sure enough he was, and so were my drinks (coffee, mimosa ($6.50) and water). The mimosa's are more traditional at Café Hollander, served in a slightly larger champange flute and garnished with an orange. Andrea arrived not too long after I did, and we dove into conversation.

Our server came to check up on us and take Andrea's drink order soon after she was seated. He also described to us the special of the day, a breakfast burrito, and asked if we were ready to order. Having not seen Andrea for almost a year, we needed some time to catch up and look over the menu some more. This was probably our mistake, because then it seemed that we were "out of the rotation" of the server. It took him a little longer than we would have liked to come back to take our order. However, we made the most of it, and just got back to talking.

Once our food order was in, it did not take much time at all for it to be delivered to our table. I had ordered the Southern Gentleman Belgian Waffle ($8.95). This fluffy, perfectly cooked waffle comes loaded with ale braised onions, Applewood smoked bacon, white cheddar cheese sauce, roasted pecans and maple syrup on the side. I did not need the knife to cut into the waffle, and every square had an ample amount of toppings on it. The idea of a savory waffle intrigued me, and I was not disappointed. Each bite had a complex set of flavors to it: the smokiness of the bacon was smoothed out by the cheese sauce. The sweetness of the toasted pecans were contrasted by the savory braised onions. This was all supported by the fluffy Belgian Waffle. It was so much though, I could not finish the last couple bites.

Andrea had ordered the daily special, the Breakfast Burrito ($10.95). While, the presentation was nothing to write home about, the massive burrito was also a plethora of flavor. Chorizo sausage mixed with rosemary roasted potatoes and two eggs wrapped in a flour tortilla topped with a spicy red sauce and mild white sauce. The rosemary potatoes were a nice compliment to the chorizo sausage. The creamy white sauce blended the flavors together with the red sauce adding a touch of heat at the end.

If you an avid brunch fan and are looking for a restaurant that takes brunch to the next level, Café Hollander is must. For a total of about $16 per person, it's worth every flavorful bite. The Tosa Village location offers plenty of parking and, in our case, a great place to meet up with friends. I would highly recommend Café Hollander to those that are a looking for a nice change of pace.

Until next time, hope you have a great week and look forward to seeing you next weekend morning!

What have been your experiences at Café Hollander? What are some other good entrees? Respond below in the comments or suggest other places for me to try around Milwaukee!

All the details you want to know: (on a five star rating)

Café Hollander—Tosa Village (***)
7677 W State Street
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin 53213
(414) 475-6771
www.cafehollander.com
Cafe Hollander on Urbanspoon

Brunch hours:
Saturday and Sunday
8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Atmosphere: *** (pretty good)
Belgian bicycle enthusiast serving some great European beers

Food: ***** (awesome)
A wide array of flavor combination taking a traditional Brunch to the next level

Service: **½ (good)
Quick to deliver food, but slow on taking orders

Drinks: ***
Mimosa - *** (pretty good)
Bloody Mary - n/a (didn't try!)

Price: *** (pretty good)
Less than $20 a person with a minimal leftovers.
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