Mother's Day in Milwaukee — Brunch Options

May is right around the corner, and with that comes warmer temperatures, blooming flowers and Mother's Day brunch. This is one of my favorite brunches, because it is the time of the year when my immediate family comes into town to celebrate this holiday. Since I usually travel to where they live around the country, I have laid claim to Mother's Day in Milwaukee.

In preparation for this year's brunch on May 9, I have selected some of my favorite places around the city to take my mom for brunch. I hope you can find a place on this list to take your family out and celebrate all that your mother has done for you.

Remember that this is a very busy brunch day in the city, so reservations anywhere are probably a good idea. When you do call to reserve your table, tell them you saw their listing here on!

Have a Happy Mother's Day and enjoy your brunch!
  • Andrew’s—Hotel Delafield
    Think about making the trip out to Delafield and visiting Andrew’s inside The Delafield Hotel this Mother’s Day. The buffet-style brunch will feature an omlette station, steak and ham carving station along with a wide array of traditional brunch favorites. Coffee, milk and juice included in price.
    10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    $27.95 per adult
    $11.95 per child 6 – 13
    5 and under are free
    Call for reservations.

    Andrew’s—Hotel Delafield
    415 Genesee St
    Delafield, WI 53018
  • Boerner Botanical Gardens
    If your Mother is a gardener, nothing will top brunch by Bartolotta's at the Boerner Botanical Garden. Enjoy a delectable spread of gourmet fare in the midst of nature's finest.
    10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
    Call for reservations and prices.

    Boerner Botanical Gardens
    9400 Boerner Dr.
    Hales Corners, WI 53130
  • Brookfield Suites Hotel and Convention Center
    Bring the family out for a buffet-style brunch, featuring a wide assortment of gourmet and traditional breakfast and lunch fare prepared in-house. Enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne or a mimosa!
    10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    $26.95 per adult
    $9.95 per child under 12
    Kids 5 and under eat free.
    Call to make reservations.

    Brookfield Suites Hotel
    1200 S. Moorland Rd.
    Brookfield, WI 53005
  • The Café—Pfister Hotel
    Offering their normal brunch menu, enjoy a leisurely Sunday brunch on the Veranda while watching the bustle of the downtown city life off of Jefferson Street. Whether you are off to a business meeting, catching an airplane, or enjoying a lazy vacation day - the Cafe at the Pfister has something for everyone.
    6:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Call for prices and reservations.

    The Café—Pfister Hotel
    424 E. Wisconsin Ave.
    Milwaukee, WI 53202
  • Café Centraal
    Serving their regular brunch menu, all moms receive a complimentary rose and glass of champagne! Read my review.
    9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    Call for reservations.

    Café Centraal
    2306 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
    Bay View, WI 53207
  • Coast
    From slow-roasted prime rib and eggs Benedict ala martini you'll love the delicious offerings including a Create Your Own Bloody Mary Bar.
    10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    $34 per adult
    $16 per child

    931 E. Wisconsin Ave.
    Milwaukee, WI 53202
  • The Edelweiss
    Try something new by treating your mother to a beautiful scenic tour during an Edelweiss Champagne Brunch. This tour lasts for two hours as you leisurely cruise the Milwaukee River and lakefront.
    Tours leave at 12 p.m.
    $42 per adult
    Call for reservations.

    Milwaukee River Cruise Line
    1110 N. Old World Third St.
    Milwaukee, WI 53203
  • Envoy—Ambassador Hotel
    While their traditional small plate brunch menu will be served, Mother’s Day brunch will have additions of a waffle station, meat carving station and omelette station. Envoy's Mother's Day brunch will surely live up to their growing reputation. Read my review.
    9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    $25.95 per adult
    $14.95 per child 12 and younger.
    Reservations are a must.

    2308 W. Wisconsin Ave.
    Milwaukee, WI 53233

  • Hubbard Park Lodge
    Another peaceful locale, this time located along the Milwaukee River, Hubbard Park Lodge is known for its excellent brunch and idyllic setting.
    Call for reservations and prices.

    Hubbard Park Lodge
    3565 N. Morris Blvd.
    Milwaukee, WI 53211
  • Il Mito
    Severing the normal Sunday Brunch menu, Il Mito prepares the perfect mix of breakfast and lunch, plating up heaping helpings of eggs and waffles, breakfast pizzas, and more.
    10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Call for reservations.

    Il Mito
    6917 W. North Ave.
    Milwaukee, WI 53213
  • Kil@wat—Intercontinental Hotel
    A three-course brunch of delicious entrees. Each mother receives a rose and complimentary bottomless glass of sparkling wine, mimosa or special house bloody mary.
    7 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    $32 per person
    Call for reservations.

    Kil@wat—Intercontinental Hotel
    139 E. Kilbourn Ave.
    Milwaukee, WI, 53202
  • Lake Park Bistro
    Set in the midst of one of Milwaukee's finest parks on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan, Lake Park Bistro offers a three-course seated brunch instead of a traditional buffet. With items such as oysters and black truffle liver mousse, this one is a little pricier, but you know your mother is worth it.
    10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    Call for reservations and prices.

    Lake Park Bistro
    3133 E. Newberry Blvd.
    Milwaukee, WI 53212
  • Mason Street Grill
    Take the family to this great Mother’s Day buffet-style brunch offering an omlette station, risotto station and carved prime rib. Along with a decedent dessert bar, this will surely show Mom just how much you care.
    11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Call for prices and reservations

    Mason Street Grill
    425 E. Mason St.
    Milwaukee, WI 53202
  • Milwaukee Public Museum
    Treat your mom to a special brunch, featuring juice and coffee, pastries and fruit, a carving station with a specialty tenderloin, a breakfast station with a variety of eggs and pancakes, a brunch station with various salads and a champagne fountain. Brunch will also include Museum admission for the day as well as children's butterfly crafts at each table, butterfly tours in Rain Forest, and two live butterfly releases in the Puelicher Butterfly Vivarium.
    Seatings will be held at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.
    $34 per adult with discounts for members and children
    Call for reservations.

    Milwaukee Public Museum
    800 W. Wells St.
    Milwaukee, WI 53233
  • Motor—Harley Davidson Museum
    Throw tradition to the wind and treat your "biker mama" to a Mother's Day Rock n' Roll Brunch at Motor. They'll be rolling out the orange carpet with an all-you-can-eat brunch with kids’ brunch tables. Each guest also receives “Mom” temporary tattoos.
    $24.95 per adult
    $9.95 per child

    Motor at the Harley-Davidson Museum
    400 Canal St.
    Milwaukee, WI 53212
  • Polaris—Hyatt Regency Milwaukee
    Enjoy a gourmet Mother’s Day buffet-style brunch menu, featuring designer omelettes, cinnamon French toast soufflé, wild mushroom and Boursin cheese stuffed pork loin with cranberry-merlot chutney, thyme and garlic crusted strip loin with smoked au jus, California sea bass, duck confit with crimini mushrooms and cipollini demi glace and risotto with saffron-lobster broth and mascarpone, alongside creative side dishes, salads, desserts and pastries.
    10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    $45 per adult
    $40 per senior 60+
    $19 per child 10 and under
    In addition, $5 of every full price adult brunch will go to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin.
    Call to make reservations.

    Polaris—Hyatt Regency Milwaukee
    333 W. Kilbourn Ave.
    Milwaukee, WI 53202
  • Roots
    Along with serving their normal brunch menu, all moms get a free plant at brunch: tomato, Peppers, Flowers, etc. all tied up with a bow.
    10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Call for reservations

    1818 N. Hubbard St.
    Milwaukee, WI 53212
  • Tulip
    This Mother's Day Brunch will not disappoint. This buffet features an elegant blend of authentic Turkish breakfast dishes and American brunch favorites
    9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    $20 per adult
    Kids 7 and younger are free.

    360 E. Erie St.
    Milwaukee, WI 53202
Where are you thinking of taking your family for Mother's Day brunch? Respond below in the comments!

What is Your Fondest Brunch Memory?

I have to admit, I forgot to write a question for this week. Yesterday, I attended the Big #MilwaukeeTweetUp at Swig in downtown Milwaukee. (If you have never been there, you need to check it out.) I met a lot of great people there, and I was surprised by how many people enjoy reading these blog posts and reviews.

So, in my absent-mindedness, I asked some of my followers on Twitter for some help on what to ask for this Friday question. Surprisingly enough, there was a lot of chatter about bacon and your earliest memory of bacon. Mostly, this was spear-headed by @CandidCarrie. If you are on Twitter, and are not following her, you must. She is hilarious and will always have you in stitches. Also, her blog is a great way to escape from the monotonous work day and break it up with laughter.

So I took this line of thought, and I tried to broaden it a little more...

On to this Friday's question: What is your fondest brunch memory? Where were you and who were you with?

For me, it was a recent brunch I had with my sister and her boyfriend. We had gone to Brocach the Saturday before Easter. They live out of state (and read about my weekend outings on here), so they were very excited to experience a true Milwaukee brunch. It was a great time to catch up with them, share some great food and drink and let them enjoy what we Milwaukeeans partake in every weekend.

So, have a great day, enjoy what you can of the rainy weekend coming up and happy brunching!
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Twisted Fork - Great Outdoor Dining

UPDATE: As of September 12, 2010, Twisted Fork has closed it's doors. Read more about the closing and the sports bar opening in it's stead at

If you live on the Eastside or drive through the intersections of Farwell and North, you know about Twisted Fork. Situated in the heart of this historic Milwaukee neighborhood, Twisted Fork offers a casual atmosphere with a diverse menu. Plus, with the warm weather for this Sunday, I wanted to get out and have a great patio experience!

No matter which way you are getting to Twisted Fork, you cannot miss it. The large logo on the corners of Farwell and North seems to be a large Google "pin" showing the exact location of the entrance. Walking through the turn-style door, you are greeted by the host stand, a long bar and a small waiting area for seating. The bar area takes advantage of being on the corners with large windows looking out at the busy intersection. The dining area has the feel of being in a colorful art gallery with gorgeous hardwood floors and comfortable booths.

This Sunday morning, I was meeting my friends Chris and Ben. I have been trying to get together with Ben for a long time for brunch to catch up with him, so we made plans through Facebook to meet at Twisted Fork. I also needed a friend who would be able to give me great insight into the bloody marys, and I knew that my friend Chris would fit the bill.

I made it the restaurant around 11 a.m., and Chris was waiting for us at the bar. He had ordered a bloody mary ($7) and let me know they had a special: two-for-one! We waited for Ben to arrive before we sat at our table outside. The weather was great this Sunday morning! We sat almost directly on the corners of North and Farwell—some great people watching. Our server Courtney took our drink order. I ordered my usual (water, coffee and mimosa ($6)), and Ben ordered hot tea and a mimosa. Chris said his bloody was great. It had a nice mix of flavor and spice, not too watery or thick. Garnished with a pickle, olive, lemon and lime wedge, the drink was served with your choice of a Miller Lite or Schlitz chaser. The mimosas, Ben and I agreed that they were great. Neither one of us enjoys pulp in our drinks, but the amount in these was great. They had a great balance of sweet and sour. One of the better mimosas I have had in the city.

We looked over the menu and decided what to order. Chris chose the Eggs Benedict ($8). The large plate was nicely filled with the entree. The benedict itself seemed to be perfectly put together, almost too perfect. The English muffins and ham were almost the same size with the poached eggs placed almost in the center of the circle. The Hollandaise sauce was a little too watery for my taste, but the dash of paprika on top added a nice flavor. The breakfast potatoes were good as well. The outside was nicely cooked with the inside warm and fluffy. Garnished with a small cup of fresh fruit, this brunch staple is a great choice for those looking for a traditional eggs benedict plate.

I looked at the menu and had a hard time deciding. I asked Courtney between three different entrees, and she suggested the Brunch Quesadilla ($8). When she placed the plate in front of me, I was shocked at the amount of food on the plate! The quesadilla was a combination of scrambled eggs, bacon, and cheddar and jack cheeses. Served with a side of homemade chunky salsa and sour cream, the quesadilla was so good. Plus, hidden underneath was a bed of breakfast potatoes garnished with green onions and roasted red peppers. This was a great entree for anyone looking for something to fill them up after a long night. I really appreciate Courtney's suggestion of this dish!

Ben stood by his favorite, French Toast ($7). Again, when his plate was set down, I was amazed on the number of slices of Texas Toast on the place! These neatly arranged slices were stacked with butter and syrup on the side. The one bite that Ben let me have was amazing. I was expecting a heavy soggy piece of bread but was surprised to find it so light and fluffy with excellent hints of cinnamon and sugar in the batter. Served with a side of fresh fruit, this is a French Toast lover's dream.

If this summer you are looking for a great brunch experience, think about stopping by Twisted Fork. For less than $15 per person, this restaurant offers traditional brunch items along with their own unique items. Since it is located on the busy intersection of Farwell and North be prepared for street parking (and possibly a short walk to the restaurant), but on a nice day, it is worth it. Additionally, think about sitting out on the patio on a hot summer day. Since it's situated on the north face of the building, it is nicely shaded during the noon hour.

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

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

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

Twisted Fork (***½)
2238 North Farwell Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 431-1080
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Brunch hours:
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Atmosphere: *** (pretty good)
Contemporary interior with warm, vivid colors, hardwood floors and great views of the hustle and bustle of the intersection.

Food: ***½ (very good)
Nice blend of well-prepared traditional brunch items and some of unique entrees

Service: *** (pretty good)
Friendly, albeit a little slow but knowledgeable about the menu

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

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

What is Your Favorite Brunch Outside of Downtown?

I have been having some great conversations lately with people regarding brunch, and one question that always asked of me is: "Do you ever get out of downtown for brunch?" I am honest when I respond by saying, "I don't know of many brunches outside of the downtown area."

On to this Friday's Question: What is a good place for brunch west of Miller Park? North of Capitol? South of National?

I will promise to try to get to all of these places mentioned in the coming months! Also you can check out "The List" of places on Facebook I still need to check out. In the mean time, get out and enjoy the sun this weekend! Find a great restaurant for brunch and settle down and relax. you deserve it!

Have a great day and happy brunching!

p.s. - Happy "Foursquare" day to those that foursquare as much as I do. And those that don't know, four squared is sixteen. So, foursquare, the social media/networking application, has made up a holiday for all of it's users, and it's today, 4/16.
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The National - Little Cafe; Big Flavor

If you do not want to sit in a crowded, busy restaurant for brunch, think about heading to The National. This small corner cafe is a great change of pace and has some unique offerings. Whether you are a meat eater, vegetarian and vegan, The National can create for you an entree that will not disappoint.

No matter which direction you are coming to the National, it is easy to spot. The bright blue colors and sign on the corner draw people in with open arms. Once walking in, you will notice the warm interior with Cream City brick, retro print curtains, and a little table in the front corner nook that looks out onto the street. The large windows, warm colors and friendly staff give this neighborhood cafe an inviting atmosphere.

The National boasts of serving brunch every day. I decided to check that out with Andrew one Saturday morning. We walked in to the cafe and approached the counter to order. The long retro deli counter had fresh sandwiches, salads, soups, beer, bottle waters and other items in it. It all looked so good. Looking above the counter, we noticed the brunch/breakfast menu. Andrew and I had both decided on our entrees and walked to the side to order. After placing our food and coffee order, we found a table and waited for our food to come. Within a couple of minutes, the same girl that took our order came out with our lattes ($3.25/each).We sipped on the hot espresso drink and talked about what our plans were for the day.

A little while later, the same girl brought out our food. Andrew ordered the French Toastwich ($5.25) with a side of fruit ($3).  The sandwich is an amazing combination of flavors. The french toast is light and fluffy with enough egg to cover the bread and then some. The inside of the bread is smeared with a delicious honeynut cream cheese spread. Plus, in between the two slices of bread are several thinly sliced pieces of ham that were quickly cooked on the griddle. The warmth of the ham melts the cream cheese spread, so the diner greats the all the flavors combined with every bite. Served with a side of maple syrup, this unique item must be tried by every new visitor. Along with the sandwich, Andrew ordered a side of fruit, and we could tell the attention to detail the restaurant has for each dish. All the fruit was cut right before serving. The apples were not yellowed at all, and each piece had its own distinct, fresh flavor; not like they were sitting in a prep station for hours.

I had ordered the Breakfast Burrito ($6.25). With the first bite, I knew I had ordered the best breakfast burrito ever. The flavor of roasted bell peppers, onions, black beans, salsa and cheddar cheese is enhanced by the two eggs also in the wrap. Taking the burrito and placing it in a sandwich press help combine (and seal) the burrito, the cook knows what goes into making a mouth watering burrito. The plate is also garnished with a side of salsa and freshly peeled avocado to help balance the slight spice and heat of the burrito. Andrew and I had decided on sharing our two meals, and as you can see, I cut the burrito in half.  After my first bite, I decided he was getting the smaller part. I wanted to enjoy this dish as long as possible.

Although dining space is smaller and more intimate at the National, the food is big on flavor and fresh ingredients. For a total of about $10 per person, the cafe does deliver on the promise of brunch every day of the week.  And remember to clean up after yourself! There is no wait staff to clean tables between visitors. Although, it is located at the busy corner of 9th Street and National Avenue, street parking is very easy to find. If you are looking for a quieter space to get away from the normal hustle and bustle of a busy restaurant, think about making plans to get to The National for brunch.

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

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

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

The National (***½)
839 West National Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53204
(414) 431-655
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Brunch hours:
Every day of the week!
Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Atmosphere: *** (pretty good)
Lots of natural light, Cream City brick and warm-colored painted walls with a quiet coffee shop feel.

Food: **** (very good)
Unique items with amazing, fresh flavors

Service: *** (pretty good)
Helped describe the different items on the menu and quickly brought the food to the table.

Drinks: n/a
Mimosa - n/a
Bloody Mary - n/a

Price: **** (very good)
Less than $15 and nicely-sized portions.

Where are Milwaukee's Best Patios?

This week has been an interesting one as far as weather is concerned. I heard the statement: "Wisconsin: the only state where you can have all four seasons in one week (sometimes in one day)." This week just proved that—summer-like weather for Brewers Opening Day on Monday to snow on Thursday morning. One thing that keeps me going is to know that summer is right around the corner.

As I look around Facebook and Twitter, I see messages from restaurants letting people know when their patios are opening. For Milwaukeeans, we know that once the temperature gets above 50º, restaurants seem to throw a table anywhere outside and call it a patio!

On to Friday's Question: Which Milwaukee restaurant has the best patio?

There are some imitations (tables crammed on a tiny sidewalk), but there are some awesome patios out there in the city! I want to know which one is your favorite. Leave your suggestions in the comments below to let others know where you enjoy to dine outside! It may help me decide where to go to brunch this summer, so I can check them out!

Update (4/20/2010): I have found's Outdoor Dining Guide for the city. It looks like there are some great places to check out this summer. Have a look!

Update (6/13/2010): Just so you know, I have created my Top 10 list on Third Coast Digest's site. Do you agree with this list? Would you want to add some other place?
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Easter Brunch 2010 - Places and Referrals

Thanks to everyone on Twitter for the referrals and recommendations (@Burp_blog, @im_X1, @polleydan, @yourMKEDining, @milwaukeefoodie) on places to check out for Easter Brunch. I found some great resources on other websites of Milwaukee area restaurants' Easter Specials:

I would love to know where you are going this Sunday morning, and better yet, what you thought of your Easter Brunch! Leave your comments below.

For me, I am not sure what I will be doing. I have not made any reservations anywhere, since I have family coming into town and traveling that day. But, you can always check out my reviews of the places I have been as a guide!

Hope you enjoy your weekend and Happy Easter Brunching!
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