Horny Goat Hideaway - Left wanting more

Recently, I had the chance to go to the Horny Goat Hideaway for the Fox6 Days of Dining presented by Milwaukeefood.com. The week day lunch was good, and the best part was I was given a "buy one, get one" brunch coupon! I gathered up some friends a couple weeks later and we headed down to the Hideaway to check out their brunch.

Traveling south on First Street, the Hideaway really is just that—hidden away. Surrounded by light industrial plants, this old pump house sits on the Kinnickinnic River. Before open in the spring of 2010, the owners build a large outside bar house, seating area and volley ball courts. In the summer, this was a great hangout by many people. The main building has a small kitchen and first floor seating area, with a larger second floor that looks down to the first floor dining area.

Joining me on this brunch outing were Andrew, Tony and Chris. We met at the Hideaway and were quickly sat next to the window looking into the brewing area. Our server, Angel, came over to our table and explained the menu and took our drink order. He also told us that for $10, we could a get all-you-can-drink bloody mary or mimosa. Chris and Andrew ordered bloody marys and coffees, while Tony and I ordered mimosas and coffee. Angel did tell Chris and Andrew that the bloody marys would not come with the traditional add-ons, only a lemon and lime wedge. They said it was ok, and we waited for our drinks. Our coffees came very quickly, but were all served in paper cups, which we all found to be an interesting choice. Our other beverages took some more time to come to the table. We were unable to see what the hold up was—the bar or our server, but the wait was a little longer than normal. Then again, when we finally did get our drinks, the refills took less time. Andrew and Chris said their bloodys were just ok. There was no real spice, heat or texture to them. The lemon and lime wedges didn't add anything more to the drink, and Andrew even commented that they weren't necessary. Tony and my mimosa couldn't have been more different. Served in traditional champagne flutes, these mimosa were amazing—sweet and a little tart with no pulp.

We ordered our food and waited for it to arrive, we looked around the space some more and ordered a second round of drinks. Angel did talk to us about the space and what it offered in the summer. He even said that the volleyball courts might be flooded in the winter, so that the brew house could offer ice skating as well. "Hey, if you have the space back there, you may as well use it, right?"

Once our food came out, we all dove in. Chris and Andrew both ordered the eggs benedict ($9). Quickly glancing at the plate, it seemed like the dish would be very good. However, they both agreed, the plate was missing some important items. The poached eggs were overdone and not runny. Also, the key to the dish, the Hollandaise sauce, was missing the acidity. It was more of a creamy butter sauce and left the rest of the plate rather dull. The one redeeming item on the plate was the shaved ham and prosciutto. But, in order to offer a better entree, I would suggest skipping the prosciutto and working on the Hollandaise sauce. Chris and Andrew agreed that although the plate looked good at first, it left them wanting more flavor in the end.

Tony ordered the biscuits and gravy ($8). When the plate hit the table, all of us were in shock. It looked like the cooks completely forgot his order until right at the end, and threw some food on a plate before the server left the kitchen. Getting over the lack of plating, the food had much more flavor than the benedict. The gravy was thick and rich with chunks of sausage spread throughout. The scalloped potatoes were very good as well. Rich and creamy, the small portion worked well for Tony, but anyone else would have been left hungry want wanting more.

Since the rest of the table ordered what I had wanted originally, I scanned the menu in hopes of finding something different. I chose the huevos rancheros ($9). As the plate was being set down on the table, I was pleasantly surprised with my choice. The three eggs done over easy looked as if they were in the center of a sun with the wedges of tortilla fanning out as the rays. With my first bite, the mixture of black beans and chorizo was accented by cinnamon! It was something quite unexpected. I asked around the table to see if anyone would like to try my dish, and they all said, no. Secretly smiling on the inside, I enjoyed this dish right to the end.

Overall the experience left my table wanting something more. The drink specials was great and if you want to sit back and enjoy the game on several big screens, then the Horny Goat Hideaway has to be on your list to check out. For around $20 per person (with the drink special), this brew house had some inconsistencies in food and service. With a large parking lot and boat slips for the nautical reader, this place would be great in the summer for their patio. However, for a brunch spot, this hideaway needs to iron out a few wrinkles in food and service.

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

What have been your experiences at the Horny Goat Hideaway? What are some other good entrees? Respond below in the comments!

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

Horny Goat Hideaway (**½)
2011 South First Street
Milwaukee, WI 53207
(414) 482-GOAT
Horny Goat Hideaway on Urbanspoon

Brunch hours:
Saturday and Sunday: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Atmosphere: *** (pretty good)
Mixing the old pump house with the new construction outside gives the Hideaway a modern outdoor dining or social setting

Food: ** (ok)
Some items were better than others. Needs to work on consistency between items.

Service: ** (ok)
Friendly, but had not tried anything on the menu. Drinks and food took some time to come to the table.

Drinks: ***
Mimosa - ***** (awesome)
Bloody Mary - ** (ok) Missing flavor, spice or heat, plus no mix-ins

Price: *** (pretty good)
With the drink special and brunch coupon, this spot is best fit for those that want to get away and watch the game.

Comet Cafe - Slow, Local Food

One Sunday morning, I made plans to get out to brunch with some other foodies of Milwaukee. Lori and Paul of Burp! blog and I decided we wanted to check out a staple of Milwaukee's brunch culture, Comet Cafe.

Located on Farwell Avenue on Milwaukee's Eastside, Comet is a great neighborhood diner. When walking up to the door on the corner, you can see the hustle and bustle of the neighborhood. People are out walking, biking and driving around. When walking into the restaurant, the wrap-around counter and booths give the interior a warm and comfortable feeling—almost like you know the comfort food coming your way is going to be spectacular.

Andrew and I met Paul and Lori at Comet Cafe. We walked in and wrote our name on the waiting list (similar to Honeypie, since they are sister restaurants). Since waiting space is limited inside, we walked out and caught up while standing on the sidewalk. This seems to the be trend on nice weather days. We got to see other people coming and meeting friends there before walking in. It shows that Comet really is the hub of the neighborhood on Sunday mornings. After about 10 minutes, we were walked in and sat at a booth.

Looking over the menu, our server, Adam, came up and took our drink order. Paul, Lori and Andrew each ordered a bloody mary ($7), coffee ($2.25) and water. I also ordered water and coffee, but chose a Sconnie-mimosa ($7) instead. The bloody marys are made with vodka and a touch of Guiness. Served with a garnish of olive, mushroom and strip of bacon, this bloody was a hit at our table. The tiny Miller High Life as a chaser was good as well. My Sconnie-mosa is a take off of the traditional mimosa that I normally get. As a part of the orange juice and champagne, this drink also includes Door County cranberry wine. Served over ice in a pint glass, this drink is simply amazing. I made sure it lasted throughout the entire meal.

We ordered our food and waited some time for it to reach the table. As a disclaimer on the menu, the management reminds customers that the restaurant's mission "is to make good, basic food from scratch... Today we live our lives fast: we eat fast, and we're surronded by the same fast food—in every place, on ever highway, in every city. So [Comet] makes [it's] 'slow' good from the ground up!" They take a lot of care in making food for each customer by using fresh, seasonal ingredients characteristic of the Midwest. Even on their website, Comet Cafe wears the badge of "slow food" with pride. We all at the table agreed that the company and conversation kept the brunch moving along, but it does take some time for the food to come to the table.

Once we were served, our eyes were dazzled by all the food on the table. Lori ordered off the specials menu, the Vincent Price ($9). Seeing how the specials usually include the freshest, local ingredients, her plate looked delicious. It was an omelette filled with arugula, ham and gruyere cheese and topped off with a creamy beet sauce. Accompanying this masterpiece on the plate were a serving of hashbrowns and wheat toast. I was able to sneak one taste from Lori's plate, and it was so good. The earthiness of the beet sauce and arugula was complimented so nicely with the smokiness of the ham and creaminess of the cheese. I can see why it is a good thing to check out the specials menu before looking over the menu. This dish really took the restaurant's mission to heart!

Paul ordered the Comet benedict ($7.50) with a side of bacon ($2). This unique benedict takes a huge, fluffy biscuit and adds sausage and a poached egg, then smothers on gravy and sprinkles cheese. Although it was a unique combination of flavors, I am not sure why the dish is called a benedict. Since there is no Hollandaise sauce, what I would consider to the be signature ingredient of a benedict plate, this dish reminded more of a biscuits and gravy entree with a poached egg. Sadly, when the plate was delivered, Paul did not receive his side of bacon. Our server promptly went to the kitchen and came back to the table with a hot, fresh side of bacon. Once Paul did start eating his entree, he noticed that the plate was cold, like his plate was the first to be made for our table and had been sitting for some time. Other than that, it was a good option for him, he said. Next time he would go back to ordering off the specials menu.

Andrew did order the biscuits and gravy ($7.50). Warm and steaming, his plate looked delicious from where I was sitting. The giant chunks of sausage were noticeable in the gravy, which I like. The gravy was well-seasoned with a taste of pepper. The homemade biscuit sat on one side the plate, while the two over easy eggs were nestled up next to it. Adding hashbrowns (for an extra $1.50), this plate was a comfort food overload for Andrew.  He devoured the entire plate quickly, which told me how much he enjoyed the entree.

I decided to try the breakfast burrito ($8). This large burrito was stuffed full of goodness: scrambled eggs, cheese and salsa. Topped off with a ranchero sauce and sour cream this entree was filling. One thing to note about the ranchero sauce: it is not the same as salsa. Both are cooked sauces and both use similar ingredients, but they are not similar in taste. Salsa's feature a strong tomato taste, ranchero sauce has more onion flavor. Having this sauce on the plate stepped up the flavors offered and helped made the entree good. And even if you were still hungry after the mammoth burrito, it is served with a side of hashbrowns.

If you hunger for a brunch filled with comfort food, plan to spend a Sunday morning at Comet Cafe. For around $18.75 per person, this restaurant delivers slow, local food that will have you in a food coma at the end. And if you do check it out, you will be in good company: OnMilwaukee.com readers voted this place as having the "Best Brunch in Milwaukee 2010."  So, if you wake up on a Sunday morning and want some comfort food to fill you up for the reset of the day, get over to Comet Cafe!

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

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

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

Comet Cafe (***½)
1947 North Farwell Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202

(414) 273-7677
Comet Cafe on Urbanspoon

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

Atmosphere: *** (pretty good)
Neighborhood diner where everyone comes to have brunch

Food: **** (very good)
The flavors were spot on. Big plus for having fresh, local ingrediens

Service: *** (pretty good)
Attentive, friendly and knowledgable, but of course, slow

Drinks: **** (very good)
Sconnie-mosa - **** (very good) Nice addition of the cranberry wine
Bloody Mary - **** (very good) Flavorful and nice amount of heat

Price: **** (very good)
For the amount of food, and almost slipping into a food coma, the price is worth it!

Help add to "The List"

When I started this blog about ten months ago, I never would have imagined it would have turned into what it is today—a small vibrant community that is willing to explore our city and it's brunch offerings. This journey has been so exciting for me, and I just wanted to thank you for your help—for reading, for commenting, for posting on Facebook or responding on Twitter. Just think, you have helped make Milwaukee Brunch Reviews what it is today.

And today is going to be no different! Today, I am going to reveal "The List." My little note pad of frantically scribbled restaurant names and sticky notes is no longer working to keep track of all the places in and around the city of Milwaukee that offer brunch!

On to this Friday's question: Where should I go next for brunch?

Help me add to the list I have listed below by suggesting places in the comments. Be sure to check out the list of reviews I have already done. I am really looking forward to some other places outside of the city that I know I have to check out!

Have a great day and have an even better brunch this weekend!

"The List"
(With updates)
  • AJ Bombers
  • Andrew's (Delafield Hotel)
  • Antigua
  • Beans and Barely
  • Cafe Centro
  • Cafe Corazon
  • Casablanca
  • COA 
  • Comet Cafe
  • The Eatery on Farwell
  • Harry's Bar and Grill
  • Hi Hat
  • Hilton Cafe
  • Hotel Metro
  • Horny Goat Hideaway
  • Hubbard Park Lodge
  • Juniper 61
  • La Estacion
  • Lake Park Bistro
  • McBob's
  • Nora B's
  • Original Pancake House
  • The Palomino
  • Polonez
  • Red Dot
  • Riverwest Co-Op
  • Rock Bottom Brewery
  • The Rouge (Pfister Hotel)
  • Shaker's Cigar Bar
  • Sheridans
  • Stack'd
  • Stonefly Brewery
  • Taylor's People's Park
  • Thirst and Vine
  • Trocadero
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Best Vegan and Vegetarian Brunch

Happy Friday morning. Congratulations. You have made it through another work week. And this is a weekend to look forward to! Remember to turn your clocks back and enjoy one extra hour of sleep on Saturday night.

Or rather than sleep, enjoy an extra hour out at your favorite watering hole this Saturday night. (Just remember to set your clocks back before you leave the house.)

Over the past couple of months, I have been asked by some to suggest a brunch that offers Vegan or Vegetarian dishes. This has been a hard recommendation to make because I have not made the decision to not eat meat or animal products. Sorry, but I like my benedicts too much.

On to this Friday's question: Where in Milwaukee can someone order a vegan or vegetarian brunch?

Let's try to create a great list of places and what some of the best entrees there are in our city. Post your your suggestions in the comments below!

Have a great day and have an even better brunch this weekend!

UPDATE: So far we have:

The Palomino
2491 South Superior Street
Milwaukee, WI 53207
(414) 747-1007

The Riverwest Co-op
733 East Clarke Street
Milwaukee, WI 53212
(414) 264-7933

Comet Cafe
1947 Farwell Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 273-7677

Beans and Barley
1901 East North Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 278-7878

The National [my rating (***½)]
839 West National Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53204
(414) 431-655

Cafe Centro
808 East Center Street
Milwaukee, WI 53212
(414) 455-3751

Café LuLu
 [my rating (****)]
2261 and 2265 South Howell Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53207
(414) 294-LULU


Hotch-A-Do [my rating (****½)]
1813 E. Kenilworth Place
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 727-2122

Roots Restaurant and Cellar [my rating (****)]
1818 North Hubbard St
Milwaukee, WI 53212
(414) 374-8480

Honey Pie Cafe [my rating (***½)]
2643 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
Milwaukee WI 53207
(414) 489-PIES

Stonefly Brewery
735 East Center Street
Milwaukee, WI 53212
(414) 264-3630

Continue to add to the list in the comments below!
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Trinity - Simple Weekend Brunch

If you want a simple Irish-inspired brunch, think about heading to Trinity Three Irish Pubs one weekend morning. This conglomeration of three Irish pubs offers up a simple menu. Whether you are Irish or just looking for a quick and easy brunch option, Trinity is the place for you.

Located on the corners of Juneau and Edison just off of Water Street, Trinity is a massive building with a large patio garden in front. The bright, bold colors of the three different pubs, Foy's, Gallagher's and Duffy's, cannot be missed while driving down there street. Entering in through, Foy's, the large, dark wood contrasts with the Cream City Brick very nicely, the stained-glass windows and titled floors give the impression of a small Irish pub. However, the size of this pub definitely is built for the Water Street weekend crowds.

Out with me this Sunday morning was my friend, Tony. We walked into to the pub, and the bartender came out from around the bar to seat us at a booth. We were given menus and our server, Andrea came to take our drink order. Tony and I both ordered coffees, mimosas and waters. After a few moments, Andrea returned to our table to let us know the bar was out of champagne. A little saddened by this, Tony and I looked over the menu again for something else to drink. Tony ordered a 007 ($5). This take on a screwdrivers was Stoli-O, Orange Juice and 7-up. Clever name! I decided to skip the regular coffee, and asked for an Irish Coffee ($6). I think the bartender felt bad for not having champagne, because he loaded on the whiskey in my drink. Thank goodness I like whiskey, because it overpowered the drink.

After our drink order came out to the table, we ordered our brunch. Tony chose the Corned Beef Hash ($8.95). The dish is served with two poached eggs atop. The hash had a nice blend of flavors. The corned beef was cooked to the consistency of butter—it melted in your mouth. The potatoes were also cooked very good—to too browned, but not raw either. The eggs were poached to perfection. The runny yokes added a nice rich texture to the hash. Served on the side was wheat toast, and Tony said it came in handy to slop up the extra yolk that was left on the plate. Overall the portion was large, but for the price it seemed to be a great deal.

I ordered the Eggs Benedict ($7.95). This dish reminded me of the plate my dad ordered when we were at Water Street Brewery, and rightfully so, since these two restaurants have the same owner. It was to no surprise then why I loved this dish so much. The potatoes took me right back to the review I did with my parents at the brewery. The creamy dressing mixed with the fluffy potatoes were contrasted by the crunch and spice of green onions.  While the English muffins and ham were standard for a benedict, the eggs were cooked just ok. The yolks were a little too done for me, but the rich, creamy Hollandaise sauce made up for the lack of runny yolks. For the price, I think the dish was a generous portion of food.

So, if you are looking for a brunch spot with great food, quick service and a large drink selection, grab some friends and head to Trinity one weekend morning. Serving brunch on Saturday and Sunday mornings, be prepared for street parking. The generous portions of food make the price of $15 per person a steal. And since I brunched there on a fall morning, I cannot wait for spring or summer outting to check out their large nicely decorated patio!

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

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

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

Trinity Three Irish Pubs (****)
125 East Juneau
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 278-7033
Trinity Three Irish Pubs on Urbanspoon

Brunch hours:

Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Atmosphere: ***** (awesome)
The essential elements for an Irish pub but on a larger scale.

Food: **** (very good)
Large portions and amazing potatoes

Service: *** (pretty good)
Knowledgeable about the menu and friendly

Drinks: ***½
Screwdriver - ****
Irish Coffee - *** only wish there was champagne for a mimosa

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