Water Street Brewery - Great Traditional Brunch

One of my favorite characteristics of Milwaukee that I love is the city's history. From the beginning as three different villages, to the brewing powerhouse of the world, to today. Milwaukee has embraced this history and proudly displays it. One such restaurant that shows off Milwaukee's history is Water Street Brewery. Not only is it a functioning brewery, but the space, decor and food celebrates Milwaukee's brewing history.

Located along Water Street a couple blocks north of City Hall, Water Street Brewery is on the corner that begins a track of drinking establishments. However, don't assume that this brew house is packed with college students. This restaurant offers some great microbrew beers and good food. Along one wall they have a collection of old beer cans. One can take a glimpse back through time at how beer cans and designs have evolved over time. In the main dining area, the Cream City brick walls are adorned with large, old  black and white photos of some of Milwaukee's landmarks. Sitting there and looking around, one gets the sense of Milwaukee's importance as a brewery city.

My parents joined me for this brunch review again. They enjoyed reading the reviews and wanted to explore another Milwaukee restaurant's brunch. We chose Water Street Brewery because it was one of the first places we visited five years ago when I was looking for apartments. It was a great trip back down memory lane.

Upon walking through the door, we were greeted by the hostess and ushered to our table. The wonderful smell of brewing beer and yeast were thick in the air. We sat at our table and looked over the menu. There was a variety of "eye openers" (drinks) to choose from. My dad chose Bailey's and coffee ($6.50), while my mom selected a tequila sunrise ($5.50). I ordered my usual, coffee, mimosa ($6.00) and water. The drinks came to the table quickly, and we took our first sips. Each of us were pleased with our choices. The Baileys and coffee was a great blend of flavors—not too overpowering with Baileys. The tequila sunrises brought my mom right back to her college days. She said it reminded her of when she and her roommate would go out on a Friday night. My mimosa a great—a large glass, no pulp and a little tart.

We looked over the menu and figured out what we wanted to eat. My dad chose the Traditional Eggs Benedict ($9.95). Served with fresh fruit and breakfast potatoes, this entree looked good. My mouth was watering when it was set down in front of him. The eggs were nicely poached with an excellent Hollandaise sauce. The potatoes were lightly dressed in a creamy Parmesan sauce. It was similar to a Caesar dressing, and it added a nice flavor to the potatoes. Adding more color to the dish was a large slice of watermelon, oranges, and strawberries. It looked like a great well-rounded meal sitting on the plate, and my Dad really liked it.

My mom ordered her favorite, Steak and Eggs ($10.95). It was a massive amount of food. The eggs were poached and placed on English muffins, however the yolks were cooked the whole way through. She would have preferred to have the yolks runny. In contrast, her steak was cooked perfectly—rare. Garnished with the same side of breakfast potatoes and fresh fruit, this entree was more than enough for her. She ended up leaving some potatoes and most of the fruit on the plate.

I ordered the Frangelican French Toast ($9.95). I thought that the steak and eggs was a large portion until I saw this heap of food on the plate. These three thick slices of bread are soaked in a Frangelico liqueur battere and topped with candied pecans and powdered sugar. Served with a side of the Parmesan dressed potatoes, two slices of bacon and fresh fruit, this plate is good enough to split between two people. I was only able to eat a slice and a half of the toast, some potatoes and the fruit before I called it quits. It was definitely worth the price!

So, if you are looking for a great place to have an amazing meal with large portions of food and some Milwaukee brewing history on the side, make plans to have brunch at Water Street Brewery. For a total of about $16 per person, the brewery delivers on taste and portion.  Located on Water Street and Highland, street parking is a little hard to find. Be prepared to walk to the restaurant.

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

What have been your experiences at Water Street Brewery? What are some other good entrees? Respond below in the comments!

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

Water Street Brewery (****)
1101 N Water St
Milwaukee, WI 53202

(414) 272-1195
Water Street Brewery on Urbanspoon

Brunch hours:
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Atmosphere: **** (very good)
Cream City brick, large copper brewing kettles, historic photos of the city and one whole wall of old beer cans

Food: ***** (awesome)
Large portions of traditional brunch fare

Service: *** (pretty good)
Our server, Sara, was friendly, knowledgeable of the menu, and made our brunch a memorable one.

Drinks: ****
Mimosa - **** (very good)
Bloody Mary - n/a
Tequila Sunrise - **** (very good)
Bailey's and Coffee - **** (very good)

Price: **** (very good)
Around $16 a person with a bit to take home for later.