Honey Pie Cafe - Great Neighborhood Diner

As a "transplant" to Milwaukee, I am always looking for a meal that reminds me of my childhood. One of the best places I have found that give me this nostalgic feeling is Honey Pie Cafe, located on Kinnickinnic Avenue in Bayview. If you too are looking for a good home-cooked brunch, you must try this great little neighborhood diner offering an authentic "made-from-scratch" brunch.

When heading south on KK, the cafe's front is on the right side: look for the large pig with a napkin around its neck. When you walk in, you are immediately know that you are in Bayview. The large clock above the kitchen window that looks like a 1950's alarm clock, the mounted deer heads and stuffed ducks are mixed in with a hand-drawn map of the neighborhood and historic photos. The staff is zipping around delivering food and seating tables. If it is busy, be sure to jot your name down on the clipboard on the post directly when you walk it. Otherwise, you might get looked over for seating. Luckily for me, this time my friend, Robert, had already got a table.

It didn't taken long after I had been seated for the server, Jennifer, to come over and ask for our drink order. Before I knew it, I had my usual (mimosa ($6), coffee and water) in front of me. Robert had decided to order the "beermosa ($5)," a New Glarus Spotted Cow mixed with orange juice and garnished with an orange slice. Not a bad drink for a weekend brunch! We ordered our food and sat back to relax. On each table is a little arrangement of fresh flowers, all the condiments you need and a box of Trival Pursuit cards. Just the thing you need sometimes to pass the time while waiting for your food to arrive!

For being as busy as it was (always about 8-12 people waiting to be seated), the service was on pace. Our food was delivered quick and hot. I had ordered the corned-beef hash ($9) with eggs over hard and rye toast. The toast was neatly arranaged on top of the eggs and peeking beneath this perfectly cooked layer was the hash. Now I had ordered this once before, and I have to say, it tastes like St. Patrick's Day dinner with every bite. The corned-beef is not shredded like in some hashes. Instead, the meat and red potatoes are in nice-sized cubes. With the addition of a gravy and roasted red peppers, this was a great breakfast. The toast was the perfect addition to the dish to help soak up the last reminiscences of the sauce.

Robert's two egg scramble with ham and cheddar ($7) was good as well. The scramble was completely customizable, so for the overwhelmed, hung-over or morning dazed, it's sure to hit the spot. More than half the plate was taken up by the eggs, with a good sized portion of Cajun home fries on the side and wheat toast.

For the brunch novice, who isn't quite ready to dive head first into dim sum, Honey Pie delivers brunch classics for a total around $16 per person. Our brunch was an excellent way to start off the weekend, even if both of us had never done a Saturday morning brunch before! I would definately recommend Honey Pie again to those that are looking for a home-cooked meal and atmosphere.

Until next time, hope you have had a great start to your weekend!

What have been your experiences at Honey Pie? 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)

Honey Pie Cafe (***½)
2643 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
Milwaukee WI 53207
(414) 489-PIES
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Brunch hours:
Saturday and Sunday
Starting at 9 a.m.

Atmosphere: *** (pretty good)
Southside meets Northwoods cabin (with Grandma in the kitchen)

Food: **** (great)
Made from scratch and great authentic flavors

Serivce: **** (great)
Quick and friendly

Drinks: ***½
Mimosa - **** (great)
Beermosa - *** (pretty good)
Bloody Mary - n/a (didn't try!)

Price: *** (pretty good)
Less than $20 a person, and still left full