Sheridans - Modern Cafe, Awesome Brunch

One fall Sunday morning, Andrew and I were trying to figure out where to check out for brunch. Since starting the blog, we have been to many places in and around downtown. However, we had not tried any places south of the city. Looking at "The List" of places that readers of this blog have suggested to review, we decided to check out Sheridan's in Cudahy.

Since neither Andrew and I are familiar with Cudahy, we broke out the GPS and plugged in the address for the restaurant. We were too busy looking around at the nice houses and beautiful park, that we completely missed the parking lot for Sheridan's (completely my fault). This beautiful boutique hotel restaurant sits on the west side of the street (with parking to the south).

We walked in and were greeted by the hostess and a cute cafe style restaurant. On the wall opposite us sat a beautiful wine bar, which I am sure is a great place to catch a happy hour drink during the week. We were immediately sat in the next room where the wall is lined with a large bench. Andrew and I were seated in the corner and looked over the menu.

Our server Melanie came over and asked for our drink order. Andrew ordered a bloody mary ($7) and coffee ($2.25). He loved the bloody—just the right amount of spice, heat and flavor. The add-ons were good—mushroom, olive, onion, pickle, lemon and lime—but would have been even better with a cheese and/or beef stick. I ordered my usual, mimosa ($7), coffee and water. I was surprised to see the size of the mimosa. It wasn't a huge drink, but for mimosa standards it was larger than normal (extra points in my book).

We breezed over the large brunch menu and decided on our entrees. Andrew chose the Eggs Sheridan ($10). This dish is a cross between a traditional Eggs Benedict and a Florentine Benedict. Two poached eggs are perched upon a toasted baguette with wilted spinach and baked ham hidden between them. Topped with an amazing Hollandaise sauce, this dish had me salivating from across the table. The sauce was a perfect blend of rich, creamy butter with the zing of lemon that you want with a great Benedict. The ham and spinach were also tasted very good. The breakfast potatoes that were on the side were lightly salted and sprinkled with rosemary. What more would you want with this incredible brunch dish?!

When I was looking over the menu, one item stuck out to me—Prime Rib Omelette ($12). Just from the description, I knew this dish could be one of my favorite brunch items in the city. When the plate was delivered to our table, I was shocked by the size of this omelette. This three egg entree takes chunks of prime rib, chopped mushrooms, shallots and pepper jack cheese and created one of the best egg dishes in the city. But that is not all, it is slathered in the same amazing Hollandaise sauce that Andrew enjoyed on his Benedict. Served with a side of the same delicious breakfast potatoes and a choice of toast (I got rye), this omelette is simply spectacular.

If you enjoy a large brunch line-up (salads and sandwiches included) and want to check out a new restaurant, place Sheridan's at the top of your list. This south side secret is simply stunning. The upscale cafe atmosphere is welcoming along with the service. I cannot get over the size of the mimosa nor of my omelette. If this quick review takes an accurate snapshot of Sheridan's, expect a great midday meal. With a parking lot across the street, and a price of around $20 per person (with drinks), I highly recommend checking out Sheridan's soon for brunch!

Until next time, hope you have a great week and look forward to seeing you next weekend morning!

What have been your experiences at Sheridan's? 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)

Sheridans (*****)
5133 S. Lake Drive
Cudahy, WI 53110 (414) 747-9800
Sheridan's on Urbanspoon

Brunch hours:
Tuesday – Sunday: 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Atmosphere: ***** (awesome)
Bright, modern cafe with lots of natural light and Cream City brick.

Food: ***** (awesome)
Large portions, large selection and great breakfast potatoes

Service: ***** (awesome)
Friendly, honest and knowledgeable of menu items

Drinks: ***** (awesome)
Mimosa - ***** (very good, a little too much pulp for me)
Bloody Mary - ***** (nice blend of flavor and spice)

Price: ***** (awesome)
Around $20 a person that will leave you full and wanting to come back again.

Milwaukee Mother's Day Brunch List 2012

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 13, 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
  • Blue's Egg (Read my review)
    Situated on the edge of Milwaukee on Wauwatosa, this brunch hot spot will be open for Mother's Day. 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

  • The Buffet at Potawatomi Bingo Casino
    What's the best way to celebrate mom? Treat her to a fabulous meal for brunch at The Buffet. Menus will feature  carving stations with herb-crusted round of beef, hickory-smoked ham, made-to-order omelets, smoked salmon eggs benedict, stuffed French toast, malted waffles and a complimentary glass of champagne.
     9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    $24 per person (21 and older)
    Call for reservations.

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

  • Café Centraal (Read my review)
    Celebrate Mother's Day for brunch at Cafe Centraal! One rose and a complimentary "Mom-osa" or a glass of champagne for all moms!
    9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Call for reservations.

    Café Centraal
    2306 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
    Bay View, WI 53207
  • Café Hollander—Tosa Village (Read my review)
    Celebrate Mother's Day! One rose and a complimentary "Mom-osa" or a glass of champagne for all moms!
    9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    Call for prices and reservations.

    Café Hollander
    7677 W. State St.
    Wauwatosa, WI 53213
  • Envoy—Ambassador Hotel (Read my review)
    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 (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)
    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
    Enjoy our special a la carte menu this Easter and Mother’s Day 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.
    Call for reservations

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

  • Molly Cool's Seafood Tavern (Read my review)
    Join us Mother's Day brunch for only $19.95 for adults. This impressive buffet has a variety that is sure to please the entire family. Plus mom gets a free Mimosa!
    Call for hours and prices.

    Molly Cool's Seafood Tavern
    1110 N. Old World Third Street
    Milwaukee, WI 53203

  • Motor at the Harley-Davidson Museum
    We are rolling out the orange carpet for moms on Mother's Day with our all-you-can-eat brunch with kids' brunch tables. Enjoy great food, live Rock'n Roll music!
    $24.95 per adult
    $9.95 per child

    Motor at the Harley-Davidson Museum
    400 Canal St.
    Milwaukee, WI 53212
  • Roots (Read my review)
    Set up high on Hubbard Street over looking the city, treat mom to a fresh from the farm brunch this Mother's Day. The meal and the atmosphere will make any mom feel special.
    10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Prices vary. Call for reservations

    1818 N. Hubbard St.
    Milwaukee, WI 53212

  • Thirst & Vine
    Treat mom to something special like a free mimosa and a rose this Mother's Day at Thirst and Vine. Offering their regular Sunday Brunch, this Shorewood bistro and bar will make your mom feel like she is really special
    10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    Prices vary. Call for reservations

    Thirst & Vine
    4330 N. Oakland Ave.
    Shorewood, WI

  • Trocadero 
    Celebrate Mother's Day for brunch at Trocadero! One rose and a complimentary "Mom-osa" or a glass of champagne for all moms!
    9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Call for reservations.

    1758 N. Water Street
    MIlwaukee, WI 53202

  • 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.
    $22 per adult
    Kids 7 and younger are free.

    360 E. Erie St.
    Milwaukee, WI 53202

Cafe Benelux - Food and Patio Paradise

It seems to me that summer in Milwaukee is really when the city comes alive. Downtown starts to crawl with people on the weekends. And the past couple of years have seen several new attractions, businesses and restaurants open downtown. One such new place is Cafe Benelux in the Third Ward. Part of the Lowlands Group of restaurants, Cafe Benelux is bringing something new and something old to this historic part of the city.

Situated on the corners of Broadway and St. Paul, Cafe Benelux takes the place of the old Good Harvest grocery store. Right across the street from one of Milwaukee's best bloody mary spots, this restaurant is building upon the strong following the other Lowland Group restaurants: Cafe Centraal, Cafe Hollander and Trocadero. The most prominent thing that sets this restaurant apart is the roof-top patio. Once I saw this, I knew that I really wanted to get to this new brunch spot and check it out.

My friend Sara organized a brunch outing with some friends, and I asked if Andrew and I could tag along to make it a review. She said sure, and the plans were set. We wanted to meet at noon, and calling ahead on Saturday, one friend, Amy, found out that the restaurant does not take reservations. Since she lived right in the neighborhood, she went to the restaurant around 11:15, to grab a spot in line for a table on the roof. Right around noon, Andrew, Sara and I show up and our table was ready—rock star seating, because we sat right at the corner above the main entrance.

Walking into the restaurant, it seems a bit dark, but the large staircase in the middle opens up to the roof, letting in a fairly large amount of natural light. I am guessing in the winter, it will feel nice to sit inside with  all that natural light.

Sitting at the table, our server took the four of our drink order while we waiting for two more. Andrew ordered the Classic Bloody Mary ($7). He said the flavor was nice and rich—not too much spice and the mix-ins were nice, including a  pimento-stuffed olive. I ordered my usual, mimosa ($6.50), coffee ($1.95) and water. The mimosa is the usual one you will find at any of the Lowland Group's restaurants and the coffee is delicious. We waited for our other friends to come and once they ordered they got a beermosa ($7) and a Morning Rooster Bloody Mary ($8). This unique bloody uses chipotle Hangar One vodka, house-made bloody mary mix, and comes with the usual add-ins and a jalapeño-stu ffed olive. Talk about spice. I can see that one waking you up in the morning with all that heat in the drink.

We all caught up and poured over the menu. We placed our order, and this is where the brunch went a little south. Service was a little off. The server that took our order, Alaina, would come around every so often to check-up on us, but other servers would come over and ask to refill our waters. Twice, they forgot about Amy's water. Another time, a different server came to ask to refill our drinks, and didn't even ask Andrew what he wanted, as he was sitting in front of an empty glass. On top of the missed drinks, our table sat for over 50 minutes after ordering before we had food come to the table. We actually measured it by two or  three rounds of drinks for some. While I understand a new restaurant might have some service issues to start off with, this was a little much.

Once our food did make it to the table, we were all fairly hungry and even a little tipsy. Our friend Chris ordered the Classic Benedict ($8.95). This traditional entree was served with a large ham steak in the middle of the benedict. Chris told me that since he lives on the East side near Cafe Hollander, this benedict was much better. While the ham was large, the egg on top easily covered it, and the Hollandaise sauce was nicely prepared—buttery with a hint of lemon to hit you in the corner of your jaw. Although he was hoping the the signature breakfast potatoes that could be found at the other restaurants, the hash browns were nicely prepared.

His wife, Neha, ordered the Market Omelet ($9.95). I am not sure how many eggs when into this one, but the omelet itself was huge. Taking up nearly half the plate, this fluffy egg dish was filled with sauteed mushrooms, bacon, tomatoes and cheddar cheese. Neha said she really enjoyed the omelet, but could not finish it all. It was just too much. Served with a side of toast and hash browns, I can see why she would have some difficulty eating the entire entree.

Sara ordered the Portobello Benedict ($9.95). Unsure if she was going to like the Hollandaise, she asked for it on the side. What I thought was nice about this dish was not only was the English muffin home-made, but the roasted portobello mushrooms were joined with grilled tomato slices and sauteed spinach. Taking one taste of this scrumptious dish, Sara instantly loved the Hollandaise, and used every last drop as she could. As the other dishes, this brunch entree was served with a side of the hash browns.

Andrew ordered the Biscuits and Gravy ($9.95). When the plate came out the table, I was surprised by the color of the gravy. I knew that it was made with chorizo, but the red-orange color threw me off. He let me try one bite, and I have to say, it was amazing. I really enjoyed how the gravy, poached egg and black pepper basil biscuits tasted all together. I was thinking that I could have ordered that and would have been happy with my decision. Andrew said that he really liked the spice and heat in the dish. He didn't even need to add hot sauce, which he likes to do from time to time.

Amy, our fearless friend who got their early, went a different route with her brunch entree. She ordered an "appetizer" of Breakfast Poutine ($8.95) and a side of fruit ($2.95). Now was is poutine you might ask? I had heard of it once before, but it originated in Quebec, Canada and is making it way across the US. The dish consists of French fries topped with fresh cheese curds and covered with brown gravy. The Cafe Benelux version adds two poached eggs to the mix. If there was ever a brunch item that was so "bad" for you, but tasted so good—this is that item. (I now know why Amy ordered the side of  fruit as well). The crunchiness of the fries is covered by the smooth gravy with the warm, gooey curds adding a zing of saltiness to each bite. I called this an "appetizer" because the portion is large enough for two people's brunch entrees. Amy ended up taking a good portion home with her.

I wanted to try a little of everything. I ordered the Hodge Podge ($11.95). Staring off with a large portion of hash browns, this dish took something of every dish and put it into one: melted cheddar cheese, bacon, sausage, poached eggs and topped with the chorizo cream gravy and pico de gallo. The photo to the right doesn't do this plate justice. It is a massive amount of food. And what it brings to the table with size, it delivers even more on flavor. Obviously, the chorizo cream gravy is amazing, and the hash browns were a good base. The other flavors (egg, sausage, bacon and cheese) could make this one of my favorite brunch items. I just wish it would have made it out to the table sooner.

All-in-all, Cafe Benelux brings the traditional items and flair a Lowlands Group restaurant is known for to the Third Ward. There is something for everyone on the menu, and the view from the roof top patio is something no one else offers in that section of the city. While we all decided to split the check (because of all the drinks), we ended up paying about $23 per person. While that is a little on the high side, a normal outing of one drink and one entree should run you around $17 per person. One thing to note is that Cafe Benelux has partnered with the Milwaukee Public Market for parking. So, park there, and you can get your ticket validated at the host stand for free parking downtown. Now that is a huge plus. With any new restaurant, I am sure this brunch spot will go through it's growing pains. I just hope they correct the service problems soon—this is brunch is a must for any one wanting to experience a view like no other downtown.

Until next time, hope you have a great week and look forward to seeing you next weekend morning!

What have been your experiences at Cafe Benelux? 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)

Cafe Benelux (****)
346 N. Broadway
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202
(414) 501-2500
Cafe Benelux on Urbanspoon

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

Atmosphere: ***** (awesome)
A truly unique space and offering stunning views of the neighborhood

Food: ***** (awesome)
Great new entrees and I love that chorizo cream gravy

Service: ** (ok)
New restaurant. Multiple servers forgot one item or another, plus food took over 50 minutes to get to the table.

Drinks: ****
Mimosa - ***** (awesome)
Bloody Marys - *** (pretty good) inconsistently made between rounds and between people

Price: *** (pretty good)
Normally less than $20 a person with a minimal leftovers.