Thirst & Vine - Comfortable Cafe and Wine Shop

If you are tired with the same, old brunch every Sunday morning, then you need to travel to Shorewood and check out Thirst & Vine. This wine shop, wine bar and restaurant is the perfect fit for those looking for an upscale brunch spot without prices that will break the bank.

Heading north on Oakland, Thirst & Vine is four blocks north of Capitol. It is located in a little strip of shops on the east side, and if you get there in the warmer months, just look for wire cafe tables and umbrellas out on the side walk. This morning, my parents joined me for brunch. We quickly found street parking right out in front of the shop.

Upon entering Thirst & Vine, you immediately get a warm, intimate feeling. The warm colors of the walls, the shelves of wine and the richly colored wood welcome you into the shop. We walked up to the wine bar to see if we could be seated. We had reservations, but we ended up showing up a couple minutes early. "No problem," the owner told us, and quickly she sat us at our table.

Carleigh our server came out and took our drink order. My mom and I both ordered mimosas ($6.50) and we all had a cup of coffee ($2). The mimosas were delivered in tall flutes with an orange slice on the side. The drink was very good. Not too pulpy and it had a nice sweetness to it. My mom and I were both very happy. And if you want to try something different, Thirst & Vine offers other brunch beverages: bellinis, screwdrivers, greyhounds, Irish coffee and even dark and stormys.

Looking over the menu, my dad immediately noticed something: none of the brunch entrées were priced over $10. This made the decision on what to order even harder.

My mom ordered the crispy prosciutto eggs benedict ($9.95). The plate came with two benedicts, and she chose to have one with the crispy prosciutto and the other with spinach and tomato. The dish looked amazing when it was brought out the table. The eggs were poached to the point of perfection—the yolks broke open and spread over the entire plate. Their homemade hollandaise sauce had a mouth-watering tang to it from the lemon juice. Not to be beat out, the English muffin was a homemade sourdough recipe and added an extra dimension of flavor to the dish. Wether it was the crispy prosciutto or the spinach and tomato, these benedicts easily can contend with the other great benedicts in the city. Served with a side of breakfast potatoes and fresh fruit, my mom was very pleased with her brunch.

My dad ordered the special of the day, huevos rancheros ($9.95). He took one bite, looked up at me and said, "you have to try this. It is simply amazing." He was right. I could take the corn in the tortilla at the base of the dish, but the melted cheese added another dimension of flavor. But what took the cake for this dish was the ranchero sauce, egg and black beans. Over all this plate was spectacular, and it was also served with the breakfast potatoes.

My dad also wanted to try something a little more traditional and offered on the regular menu as well. He chose a side of lox ($5.95). This plate brought the whole table to life with the pop of color—the pink of the smoked salmon and other colors of the fresh fruit. Coming from the Northwoods, my parents cannot get good smoked salmon all the time, so this side was a treat for him. He let my mom and I try a little of the dish, and we were all very pleased with the dish. The creaminess of the cream cheese was matched, if not surpassed, by the smoked salmon. It practically melted in your mouth. The English muffin and capers just made the dish that much more spectacular.

I looked over the menu and chose the corned beef hash ($9.95). The portion was just right for me, even if it does look like food is falling off the plate. The corned beef was obviously made in the kitchen, because there were large corned beef chunks throughout the entrée. And the breakfast potatoes were amazing. These were the same on each of the other dishes, but I wanted to describe them here. They were simply exquisite. Rosemary and puréed onions give these potatoes their signature flavor. Each bite brought a larger smile to my face. I had to stop half-way through the dish so that I could actually savor the flavors, it was that good. Served with a side of homemade (and buttered) toast, this dish was spectacular.

Think about venturing outside of your normal brunch spot and visit Thirst & Vine one Sunday. With a traditional menu made to perfection, you will not be disappointed. As an added benefit, if you need to pick up a bottle of wine for a Sunday dinner that night, the staff can help you with that as well. This restaurant is very family-friendly—I even saw some high chairs there for the little ones. For a total of about $16 per person, this restaurant is worth the trip. Be prepared for street parking, but since it's Shorewood, you shouldn't have a problem finding a spot.

Until next time, hope you have had a great start to your weekend!

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

Thirst & Vine (*****)
4330 N. Oakland Ave.
Shorewood, WI 53211
(414) 763-7340
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Brunch hours:
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Atmosphere: ***** (awesome)
Comfortable, warm and inviting bistro

Food: ***** (awesome)
Made from scratch and great authentic flavors

Serivce: ***** (awesome)
Quick and friendly

Drinks: ***** (awesome)
Mimosa - ***** (awesome)
Bloody Mary - n/a (didn't try!)

Price: ***** (awesome)
Entrées for less than $10 and overall less that $20 per person!