The Knick - Always Creative Food

Right in my neighborhood and an Easttown staple, The Knick, is a great place for any meal, but especially a Sunday Brunch. Great views of Prospect Avenue and Lake Michigan further back, The Knick always delivers creative food. If you are looking for an interesting place that takes brunch and adds their own flare, you must try The Knick.

Located in The Knickerbocker Hotel, walking into The Knick restaurant is like walking into a Kandisky painting. The bold, rich colors and curved bar and divider wall greet you as you walk into the space. Even the large support poles placed in the middle of the dining area emulate the signature style of the modern abstract painter. The large windows always provide an excellent view towards the lake and help accent the bright palette of colors.

Joining in brunch today were my friends Paul and Liz. They have wanted to go out to brunch for a while and suggested we check out The Knick. I have been here for many dinners before, but not for a Sunday brunch. I was looking forward to checking out a neighborhood spot in support of the "Eat Down the Street" project (see the reference in the Burp! Where Food Happens blog). Liz made the reservations, and I met them at the restaurant. By the time I got there, they had already been seated.

I joined them and ordered my usual (water, coffee, and mimosa ($5.75)). Paul had ordered the Queen Mary ($8.50), a 22-ounce blood mary that was packed to the upper deck with add-ins. A full stalk of celery, pickle wedge, pepperoni, hot pepper, seasoned shrimp, olives and lemon and lime wedges. From the photo, you can see how it stacked up. I was amazed at the size. Paul said it had a great balance of flavor, heat and spice and for the price, it was a great value. My mimosa was a nice addition to the meal. It had a cherry at the bottom (something different) and only a little pulp at the top. Not too sweet, the price for this drink was also a good value. Liz ordered a grapefruit mimosa ($7) (not pictured). It was a creative mixture of ruby-red grapefruit and champagne that was served in a red wine glass. She was very happy with the color (pink), flavor and price.

After pouring over the menu for some time, we finally decided on what to eat. I had chosen the Crab Hash ($11). The portion was huge! The nicely cooked, crispy hash browns and onions had an exceptional amount of real crabmeat mixed in with it. The finely chopped and shredded crabmeat was nice departure from other chunks of imitation crabmeat that can sometimes be found in brunch entrees. Topped off with two eggs (I chose over hard) and flanked by your choice of toast (I chose rye), this entree was full of flavor. The combination of real crabmeat, egg white and hash browns was a great way to start off my morning. The four pieces of toast came out not pre-buttered (always nice) with some grape jelly on the side. This large order for any meal was perfect to take home and have for seconds later on in the day.

Paul had ordered off the special menu for the day. He chose the Jalapeno Corned Beef Hash ($10). The hash browns were again nice and crispy and had pieces of bell peppers, onions and jalapenos mixed in. The corned beef had an authentic, yet subtle flavor to the dish. It seemed to Paul that there could be a bit more meat added to his plate. However, the addition on jalapeno peppers added a nice burst of heat with every bite. This mixture of heat, corned beef, bell peppers and onions was a paired nicely with the potatoes. The dish was topped with two eggs (he chose over easy) and a choice of toast. He chose a bagel that was served with jelly, since cream cheese was an extra charge. Although this is not a normal brunch menu item, it was a creative way to take a usual brunch entree and spice it up a bit, literally.

Liz decided that since the guys had both ordered hash dishes she needed to look into getting some thing else. She chose the Chicken Dill Havarti Omelette ($9). This omelette was the combination of three eggs, chicken and baby broccoli. Although the chicken was a little dry, the dill Havarti cheese was a great addition to the top of the omelette. The fresh taste of the cheese mixed well with the fluffy, well-cooked eggs. There is nothing worse than a runny, watery omelette. Served with a side of breakfast potatoes and your choice of toast (she chose wheat), this omelette was a mixture of great flavor and textures and was seasoned perfectly.

If you are looking for an upscale brunch spot without the upscale price, think about stopping in to The Knick. From about $16 - $19 per person, The Knick delivers on creative flavor combinations and presentation. Since it is located on Juneau Street in Easttown, be prepared for street parking, but on a nice day, it is worth it. Additionally, think about stopping here in the spring or summer months. Their patio is a spot to see and be seen.

Until next weekend, have a great week and happy brunching!

What have been your experiences at The Knick? What are some other good entrees? Respond below in the comments!

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

The Knick (***½)
1030 East Juneau Street
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202
(414) 272-0011
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Brunch hours:
Sunday starts at 9 a.m.

Atmosphere: **** (very good)
Bright, bold colors are accented on a clear sunny day through the large windows looking over Prospect and Juneau with the Lake in the background.

Food: ***½ (very good)
A creative combination of flavors for regular brunch items

Service: *** (pretty good)
Attentive to our drinks, but it took some time to get the bill

Drinks: ****½
Mimosa - *** (pretty good)
Bloody Mary - **** (very good)

Price: **** (very good)
Less than $20 a person with some leftovers.