Transfer Pizzeria and Cafe - Great Blend of Flavors

Transfer Pizzeria and Cafe takes the best of many different places, time periods, flavors and cultures and puts them together in an exciting new way. Housed in a historic pharmacy, this restaurants takes in the surroundings and history and uses it to its advantage. The corner used to be a busy transfer point for street cars and trolleys, giving the pharmacy its name. Transfer Pizzeria and Cafe definitely plays this point up with the eclectic decor and menu items.

Heading south on South First Street, Transfer sits near the beginning of Kinnikinnick and Mitchell Streets. The original stained-glass windows for the pharmacy are still present and are a great reminder of the golden age of this area of the city. Upon immediately walking into the space, you notice the u-shaped bar, original artwork and beautifully restored interior.

This morning I was meeting my friend, Sara, and her friend, Amy. Sara had joined me at Brocach for brunch before, and Amy follows me on Twitter. (Side note: if you are planning a wedding, you need to check out her blog: Little Miss Wedding Planner. Great info!)

We had planned to meet up at 11 a.m., and I showed up a little late. The girls had already grabbed a table, but were looking over the menu when I got there. They explained to me the special of 2-for-1 bloody marys for $6, and they had ordered using a neat little menu. You are able to select the type of vodka (two organic options are available) and then four add-ins from a list over 15! There is a small extra charge per item ($.50) if you want more than four. They described their bloodys as a great way to make the drink fun for the diner. The drink itself came in with mixed reviews. Sara found her drink to be too spicy (she chose a 2/3 for spice), while Amy said her's was not spicy enough (she chose a 3/3 for spice). Both agreed though the drink was a thick drink with spice and tomato juice. Perhaps more celery salt or some Worcestershire sauce could help the drinks, but they both loved the Lakefront Riverwest Stein chaser.

I ordered my usual (coffee, mimosa ($6) and water). I had to wait a little longer than I would have liked for the mimosa and coffee to come, and even the server, Kristina brought out our waters right before we ordered. My mimosa was delicious. A nice mix of sweet and tangy with no pulp.

The Transfer has only been doing brunch for about three or four weeks, so I was surprised to see the variation of the typical brunch items. Sara, Amy and I had a hard time deciding on what to order since all the items were interesting flavor combinations.  Sara ordered the Create your Own Brunch Pizza ($8). Although she really liked the menu offerings she wanted to try something of her own. She was able to choose four toppings (spinach, tomatoes, potatoes and green papers) with a choice of cheese (mozzarella) and the type of base (tomato sauce or egg). She chose the egg-based pizza, and it was amazing. The vegetables were fresh and delicious. The egg-base really made the dish. The scrambled eggs were light and fluffy and added that breakfast/brunch flavor to the dish. And even when you think the flavor is going to end in the crust, it doesn't. You cannot mistake the taste of freshly-made pizza crust. If this is the way the breakfast pizza turned out, the lunch and dinner menus have to be just as great.

Amy ordered the Stacked Crepes ($7). I have to be honest. I was so caught up in my entree, that I forgot to try this one. Amy described "the Hollandaise sauce as light and lemony—an almost near perfect rendition of a sauce that is sometimes hard to create.  The crepes were light and delicious—slightly sweet, which married well with the savory Hollandaise and egg.  The egg was fried to near perfection—not too runny, not too hard—just the right amount of softness.  The bacon strips were crisp and not too greasy—just like I like them!" One other thing to note about her dish: she said after finishing the plate (and wiping it clean of any last reminisce of Hollandaise), that this was the first time in a long time that she was a part of the "Clean Plate Club."  

I wanted to try the Eggs Transfer ($9). Reading over the creative description on the menu, the item sounded to be similar an Eggs Benedict (my favorite). Rather than just going along with a traditional Benedict, the chef took the structural elements of the dish and made it his own. The de-crusted Italian bread was a tasty base for the prosciutto and spinach. "Bombed" with a poached egg, this dish is then put in the stone fire to bring out the flavors even more. The entire dish then is topped with Hollandaise sauce and a few roasted red peppers. Each bite had a great combination of savory, creamy and roasted flavors. To complete the plate, a small side of fruit is included with the entree.

Step away from the normal brunch and transfer to something different, Transfer Pizzeria and Cafe. For less than $15 per person with a drink special, Transfer has come out of the gate running with their brunch menu. Also, Transfer makes every effort to use local organic produce when in season. Their supplier is only an hour north of Milwaukee and supplies the restaurant with a wide range of organic products when in season. But, don't wait until June to stop in for their brunch! Located near the border of Walker's Point and Bayview, be prepared for street parking.

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

What have been your experiences at Transfer Pizzeria and Cafe? What are some other good entrees? Respond below in the comments!

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

Transfer Pizzeria and Cafe (****)
101 W Mitchell St
Milwaukee, WI 53204

(414) 763-0438
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Brunch hours:
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Atmosphere: **** (very good)
Bayview meets the Fifth Ward in an eclectic atmosphere with a hipster vibe.

Food: ***** (awesome)
A creative take on regular brunch items and amazing pizza!

Service: *** (pretty good)
A little rough in the beginning to get our drinks, but overall friendly and welcoming.

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

Price: **** (very good)
Less than $15 a person with a drink special.