5 New Milwaukee Breakfast Spots You Must Try

5 New Milwaukee Breakfast Spots You Must Try


Go ahead, ask me for my favorite dish of the day. I’m not even going to say it depends on my mood. No, it’s the morning meal all the way.

Years ago I would have mostly opted for the sweet starters – pancakes, waffles and hot cereal with lots of brown sugar. Then I got down to making fried egg and bacon sandwiches, the runny yolk creating a silky sauce. Lord, are they good. These days, I’m an equal-opportunity morning drinker – sweet or savory, maybe a bit of both.

Our area has seen a mini growth spurt of new breakfast spots over the last year or so, with these five entrees tackling morning cravings with relative success, whatever the breakfast route. lunch that you follow.


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1. Canela Cafe

2621 N. DOWNER AVE. | 414-226-6749

When the death knell sounded for The Original Pancake House in early 2021, it was a colossal carb disappointment. Locals had grown accustomed to the space – part of which was once the iconic Coffee Trader restaurant at the time – as a breakfast spot. Sunrise assistance set in when Canela took over the digs. Owners Ray and Dina Awadallah count the Mad Rooster Café breakfast powerhouse as part of their restaurant work history, and the menu seems to cover all the sweet and savory bases. There’s a respectable version of Moroccan shakshuka, a spicy tomato and onion stew topped with poached eggs and, here, crumbled feta and cilantro. It comes, in another variation of the original, with hot Indian naan bread. It works – just like the crispy fried chicken inside the Canela quesadilla. Also not traditional, but still tasty, the chilaquiles verdes – corn tortillas fried in green salsa with pepper jack cheese, chicken chorizo, avocado and cream, the combo topped with your choice of egg (I like fried). On the carb side, the fluffy cinnamon pancakes with banana, peanut butter, and honey are pure gratification. $7 to $21. Open daily from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Shakshuka, Canela Cafe; Photo by Marty Peters

2. Place La Fayette

1978 N. FARWELL AVE. | 414-231-3030

This almost 6-month-old cooks an all-plant-based—and delicious—breakfast (and lunch), which is fitting since he’s at Celesta’s former vegan joint. While simultaneously running another South Side breakfast/lunch spot called The National, owners Angie Wierzbinski and Amy Calteux know how to deliver the morning meal, plant-based or not. They’ve veganized the National’s full English breakfast with scrambled tofu, roast portobellos, baked beans, plant-based sausages, grilled tomatoes and homemade potatoes with fluffy Rocket Baby sourdough toast. It’s satisfying without crashing you afterwards. (Big breakfasts can make you very sleepy…) The chorizo ​​burrito also shines, with a flavor bomb filled with homemade vegan chorizo, hash browns, beans, corn, “cheese » shredded chipotle sauce and pico de gallo in a flour tortilla. And at the top of the sandwich department is the combo of vegan sausage and cheese, hash brown, guac and chipotle sauce on a toasted pretzel bun. $9 to $13. Open Thursday to Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

English Breakfast, The Lafayette Place; Photo courtesy of Lafayette Place

3. Nest of Gold Pancakes & Coffee


Beneath light fixtures shaped like golden birds’ nests, waiters make their way through the turquoise and gray dining room with platters of Bloody Marys and flights of mimosa. Stiff drinks of the day are popular here. This Western nest hits the breakfast mark with several more elaborate forms of classics, including the New Orleans Benedict topped with bountiful chunk crab and a mild but savory Cajun Hollandaise. The omelets are light and airy, like soufflés, and the Cheesehead version is a delicious homage to Wisconsin, filled with fried cheese curds and pork sausage. Crispy and not too greasy, hash browns are best with a few pinches of salt and bottled hot sauce. Order these as the base for the biscuits and gravy pan, layered with soft, flaky biscuits, peppery sausage sauce and a choice of eggs. $6 to $17. Open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Pan-fried biscuits and sauce, Golden Nest & Café pancakes; Photo courtesy of Golden Nest

4. Honey Butter Coffee

7221 S. 76TH ST., FRANKLIN | 414-367-2800

This modern-yet-retro mall restaurant is where people come to throw French toast s’mores and taking selfies on the 70s rattan chairs. And I mean it on French toast s’mores. Honey Butter lives up to its name. If you like a good start, this is the place for you. A meal starts with half a dozen complimentary loukoumades – tiny cinnamon donuts drizzled with honey. Follow it with the decadent pancakes topped with berries and mascarpone cream, and if that’s not cloying enough for you, try the Queen Bee – French toast stuffed with peanut butter and topped with bananas and a sugar filling brown and buttery reminiscent of favor bananas. Even the fried chicken and waffle are sweet, the breaded chicken breast sprinkled with powdered sugar and all served with a crystal honey sauce. Tasty more your style? Spring for Chorizo ​​Egg Skillet with Roasted Potatoes (better than less-than-crispy hash browns), Black Beans and Corn, Queso Fresco, Pico de Gallo, and Cilantro Cream. $7 to $17. Open daily from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

5. milk box dinner

5636 BROAD STREET, GREENDALE | 608-729-6671

This friendly, modern restaurant with a curved counter is my only inclusion here that isn’t strictly a breakfast/lunch joint, but they do such a wicked morning meal, with nice thick crispy bacon, biscuits homemade buttermilk and fluffy cinnamon buns covered in creamy icing. A better bet on the menu is the Flight of Eggs Benedict (good idea) which combines a trio – one with pulled ham on an English muffin, salted salmon with chive cream cheese and béarnaise on toasted rye , and a southern production with fried chicken and remoulade on a jalapeno-cheddar biscuit. The Denver omelet is light and creamy, filled with pulled ham and Hook’s 5-Year-Old Cheddar. And the stack of sourdough and buttermilk pancakes rise above the pedestrians with a plump dollop of orange honey butter. $7 to $18. Full breakfast menu Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday through Sunday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.



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