The Eatery on Farwell - Small Brunch Menu

Back in March my parents came into town, and the first thing my mom wanted to know was "where are we going for brunch this time?" coming from the Northwoods, she and my dad enjoy coming to Milwaukee to brunch with me and try out new places. I did not want to disappoint them, so we ventured out on a cold, rainy Sunday morning to The Eatery on Farwell. Advertising brunch served everyday, I thought this would be great place to visit. (The photo featured is from Another great food blog that suggested I go to this restaurant to check out their brunch. I highly recommend checking out their blog and reviews. Their photography is amazing, and their posts are very in depth!)

I had been to the building which currently houses The Eatery when it was two different restaurants by other names. I always remembered the odd parking situation on the north side of the building. However when I drove past trying to find a paring spot, I noticed that the once severly angled parking lot was now a gorgeous patio! Unfortunately, that meant we had to circle the blocks in the neighborhood to find a parking spot. I should have known "on Farwell"  is synonymous with "street parking." Heading south on Farwell, The Eatery sits on the left hand side of the street. Upon entering the space, you are treated by a kind hostess, large wooden bench and many historical photos of the City of Milwaukee. Off to the right hand side of the restaurant is a large, old-time looking bar. To the left was the dining room with tile floors, wooden tables and large windows looking out over the street.

We took our seats and our server, Marie, came over and explained to us the specials of the day. However, because of the space, it was very hard to hear her, and I was sitting right next to her. My mom ordered a great toddy ($7). This hot tea drink has brandy for that brunch beverage kick and a little honey as well for sweetness. The drink was a great way to warm up on such a dreary day. Andrew ordered a bloody mary ($7.50), and thought the add-ins were overflowing, the drink wasn't that spicy. In ordered my usual: coffee ($2.25), water and mimosa ($7). The mimosa was good— to no pulp and sweet. My dad just ordered a coffee. We ordered our food soon thereafter.

My dad ordered the Mac and Cheese ($8) and a cup of Andouille Chicken Chili ($3) to be delivered to the table first (not pictured). The chicken chili was very good. The spiciness of the andouille was cut by the creaminess of the chili. The flavors gave me a nice warm feeling—exactly what I needed for such a dreary day. The mac and cheese was served on a large place. The cheese was rich and flavorful, and we really don't remember the three different types of cheeses used, but they were very good. I took one quick bite before my dad took the plate back to enjoy this all for himself.

My mom and Andrew ordered the special of the day, Short Rib Benedict ($10.50). This plate looked amazing when it was brought out to the table. Sitting on home-made English muffins, the short ribs were like butter. They melted in my mouth when I was able to grab a bite . The poached eggs were covered on hollandaise and barbecue sauces. This flavor combination was very unique. However, I was not a fan of the plate, because I really do not care for barbecue all that much. Andrew and my mom did like the flavors though. They did also say that they would have liked a little more potatoes on the side.

I looked over the menu and decided upon The Eatery Classic ($8.50). I mean if the dish has the name of the restaurant, how can one go wrong. It is two grill-fried pork chops covered in presto and served with two basted eggs, potatoes and two pieces of toast. The plate looked very appetizing when it was presented. But, once I picked up my fork and tried to figure out how to eat the dish, things became a little more complicated. I didn't really know where to start. Each item was separate from each other. Do I start with the pesto pork chops and the eggs? Wait for the eggs after the pork chops? It was just a little overwhelming. I decided to take it one at a time, starting with the pork chops. The flavor of the pork and pesto were truthfully stupendous. I could not get enough of them, but once they were gone, I was stuck eating the eggs with toast and potatoes with ketchup. 

Overall it was a great to spend time with my parents and Andrew. However, the restaurant itself was rather noisy and with our server being so quiet, it was hard to truly enjoy our surroundings. Also, we all noticed the menu lacking a large brunch entree variety. Other than the special, there are no benedicts!  Although The Eatery markets itself as serving brunch daily, their selection is only from small portion of their large menu. The somewhat lack of parking is understandable given the location, however for almost $20 a person, I would like to come back for a lunch or dinner to check out the full menu and atmosphere.

UPDATE: The Eatery on Farwell has launched a brand new menu with an expanded breakfast/brunch section. There are several benedicts on there. Also, they have secured a small parking lot just North of the building. I recently went back for another event, and these improvements really help! I would highly recommend going in and checking them out!

What have been your experiences at The Eatery on Farwell? What are some other good entrees? Respond below in the comments or suggest other places for me to try around Milwaukee!

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

The Eatery on Farwell (***)
2014 N. Farwell
Milwaukee, WI  53202

(414) 220-1110
Eatery on Farwell on Urbanspoon

Brunch hours:
Saturday and Sunday:  Starting at 9 a.m. 

Monday - Friday: Starting at 7 a.m.

Atmosphere: ** (ok)
Inviting and large, but noisy

Food: *** (pretty good)
Entrees are authentic and not like any other brunch in the city!

Service: ** (ok)
Our server was so shy, timid and quiet

Drinks: **** -  (pretty good)
Mimosa - **** (very good, a little too much pulp for me)
Bloody Mary - *** (great with the add-ins but needed more spice.)

Great Toddy - **** (a nice addition for a brunch beverage)

Price: ** (ok)
Nearly $20 per person is near the top of price points in the city, and we weren't sure the price was truly worth our experience.

Milwaukee Easter Brunch List 2011

Easter Sunday is April 24, 2011 and several Milwaukee restaurants will be ready to serve you and your family! And perhaps there may even be another furry visitor at some brunches. Search below to find the perfect restaurant for your Easter brunch. Whether a cozy morning brunch for two or the whole family, an effortless Easter meal is just a few clicks away, so hop to it!

Also, be sure to mention that you saw the listing here on when you make your reservation!
  • Andrew’s—Hotel Delafield
    Think about making the trip out to Delafield and visiting Andrew’s inside The Delafield Hotel. 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.
    $29.95 per adult
    $19.95 per child 6 – 13
    5 and under are free
    Call for reservations.

    Andrew’s—Hotel Delafield
    415 Genesee St
    Delafield, WI 53018

  • Blue's Egg (Read my review)
    Situated on the edge of Milwaukee on Wauwatosa, this brunch hot spot will be open on Easter Sunday. Get ready to experience their spectacular brunch entrees as well as a couple of special treats.
    7 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Prices vary. Seating on a first-come, first-serve basis.

    Blue's Egg
    317 N 76th Street
    Milwaukee, WI 53213
  • Boerner Botanical Gardens
    Experience brunch by Bartolotta's at the Boerner Botanical Garden. Enjoy a delectable spread of gourmet fare in the midst of nature's finest. There might just be a Peter Rabbit sighting here as well!
    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.
    10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    $24.95 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 Buffet at Potawatomi Bingo Casino
    Gather your family and head to The Buffet this Easter for a feast like no other! This outstanding all-you-can-eat buffet will feature lamb, chicken, carved ham and round of beef. In addition to these traditional favorites, brunch will have waffles, French toast and made-to-order omelets, and dinner will offer a pasta bar. Plus, enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne. Save room for dessert because the Easter bunny is sure to leave a treat for you.
    9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    $24 per person (21 and over only)

    The Buffet at Potawatomi Bingo Casino
    1721 West Canal Street
    Milwaukee, WI 53233

  • Cafe Hollander—Tosa Village (Read my review)
    The entire family will enjoy this Easter Bunny Brunch set in the heart of Tosa Village.
    9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    Call for prices and reservations.

    Cafe Hollander
    7677 W. State St.
    Wauwatosa, WI 53213

  • Coast
    From salmon filets and lobster ravioli to eggs benedicts and made to order omelets, you'll love the delicious offerings including a Create Your Own Bloody Mary Bar.
    10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    $38 per adult
    $16 per child

    931 E. Wisconsin Ave.
    Milwaukee, WI 53202

  • Devon Seafood Grill
    With an indulgent menu focused on superior quality seafood, Devon Seafood Grill crafts its dishes with exacting standards & pampers its guests in a comfortable atmosphere. Reservations are recommended

    Devon Seafood and Grill
    5715 N. Bayshore Drive
    Glendale, WI 53217

  • Envoy—Ambassador Hotel (Read my review)
    While their traditional small plate brunch menu will be served, Easter Brunch will have additions of an omelette station and ham, lamb or roast beef carving stations. 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.
    9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    $24.95 per adult
    $11.95 per child 12 and younger.
    Children under 2 eat free.
    Reservations are a must.

    Hubbard Park Lodge
    3565 N. Morris Blvd.
    Milwaukee, WI 53211

  • Il Mito (Read my review)
    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 (Read my Review)
    In addition to our regular breakfast menu, enjoy Chef Z’s delicious Easter specials including Steak and Eggs, Roast Leg of Lamb, Bananas Foster French Toast, and Honey Glazed Ham Steak.
    7 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Prices vary. 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.
    10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    $37.95 per adult
    $15.95 per child 12 and under.
    Call for reservations and prices.

    Lake Park Bistro
    3133 E. Newberry Blvd.
    Milwaukee, WI 53212

  • Mason Street Grill
    Enjoy our special a la carte menu this Easter featuring Chef Weber’s Prime Rib (English Cut 8oz or King Cut 16oz), eggs benedict, crab cake oscar and other delicious classics.
    12 – 8 p.m.
    Prices vary. Call for reservations

    Mason Street Grill
    425 E. Mason St.
    Milwaukee, WI 53202

  • Polaris (Bistro 333)—Hyatt Regency Milwaukee
    Offering amazing skyline views, the revolving Polaris Restaurant & Lounge reopens Easter Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Main highlights of the buffet-style feast include Honey Glazed Pit Ham, Slow Roasted Rosemary and Garlic Prime Rib, Cajun Red Snapper, Herb Crusted Chicken Breast, Belgian waffle and designer omelet stations, plus dozens of creative sides, salads and housemade desserts. Colorfully dyed Easter eggs and candy will also be staged for young guests.
    10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    $39 per adult
    $19 per child 12 and under
    Call for reservations.

    Bistro 333—Hyatt Regency Milwaukee
    333 W. Kilbourn Ave.
    Milwaukee, WI 53203

  • The Rouge—Pfister Hotel
    A Milwaukee classic, The Rouge offers one of the finest Sunday brunches set in a historic dining room. Over 40 unforgettable items including carving stations, made to order pasta and omelette stations, fresh fruit and cheese and a decadent dessert display. Mimosas and bloody mary bar included in the price
    10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Call for prices and reservations.

    The Rouge—Pfister Hotel
    424 E. Wisconsin Ave.
    Milwaukee, WI 53202

  • Tulip
    This Easter Brunch will not disappoint. This buffet features an elegant blend of authentic Turkish breakfast dishes and American brunch favorites.
    9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    $22 per adult
    Kids 7 and younger are free.

    360 E. Erie St.
    Milwaukee, WI 53202

Brunch Photo Contest - Congratulations!

Congratulations to Adam Arcus who with 18 likes of his photo of the Trocadero Omelette and rosemary potatoes has won the Lookin' Good—You Be the Judge Brunch Photo Contest! He will receive a $25 gift certificate to Trocadero!

Thank you to everyone who submitted photos and especially to those who voted on the Milwaukee Brunch Reviews Facebook page.

If you enjoyed this contest or have any other suggestions on the next contest I should offer, let me know in the comments below!

Have a great Friday, and happy brunching this weekend, Milwaukee!