Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and arguable the most delicious! Milwaukee takes breakfast seriously, and there’s no shortage of spots—you can try a new one every day. Here are the best breakfast joints in Brew City.
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1. Beerline Cafe
Beerline Cafe is an all-vegetarian creperie and restaurant in Brewer's Hill, serving breakfast all day. Their convenient walk-up counter and friendly staff make their extremely large menu less intimidating! Their menu is very customizable and they offer a long list of espresso drinks, fresh juices, and booze options. For the vegetarian or non-vegetarian, Beerline Cafe is sure to leave you fully satisfied. There's something for everyone here, and the best part is that it's very inexpensive for how high-quality the food is!
Beerline Cafe is located at 2076 N. Commerce Street, Milwaukee.
2. Simple Café
This east side breakfast spot is perfect for vegetarians and meat eaters alike. They offer fresh and asian-inspired dishes. This spot is relaxing and delicious, and their Korean BBQ Bowl will change your life.
Simple Café is located at 2124 N. Farwell Avenue, Milwaukee.
3. Cafe At The Plaza
Located in The Plaza Hotel, Cafe At The Plaza is one of the most loved Milwaukee breakfast spots. With an elegant patio nestled away in the back, you’ll feel like you’re in an enchanted garden. Not only that, but most of the cafe’s ingredients are locally sourced.
Cafe At The Plaza is located at 1007 N. Cass Street, Milwaukee.
4. Zak's Cafe
Zak's Cafe on 2nd Street in Walker's Point is one of the best every day brunch spots. Their avocado benedict is to die for, and their patio makes everything that much better.
Zak's Cafe is located at 231 S 2nd Street, Milwaukee.
5. Mad Rooster Cafe
This big red barn on Miller Parkway is hard to miss. The parking lot is always packed, and for good reason. The popular breakfast spot is only open until 3, and has an extensive hispanic-inspired menu. Their signature baby red potatoes are a must-have add-on to any dish.
Mad Rooster Cafe is located at 4401 W. Greenfield Avenue, Milwaukee.
6. Cafe Benelux
Grand Cafe Benelux is part of the Lowland Group owning Benelux, Hollander, and Centraal. With an extensive 'bier' list, a patio on the roof, and an amazing brunch menu, this downtown spot will hit the spot every time.
Grand Cafe Benelux is located at 346 N. Broadway, Milwaukee.
7. Fuel Cafe
Arguably one of the most recognizable spots in Riverwest, Fuel Cafe is a place to be seen. The original Fuel Cafe opened in 1993, and a new Walker's Point location has recently opened. They both serve some amazing breakfast, and have an affinity for "slowly racing fast motorcycles."
Center Street Cafe: 818 E. Center Street, Milwaukee
Walker's Point Cafe: 630 S. 5th Street, Milwaukee
8. Engine Company No. 3
This renovated firehouse is as cool as the food within it. With a strong focus on fresh, delicious, and locally sourced food, you can't go wrong. Anything you order here is a good choice, but we recommend making reservations for this popular Walker's Point joint.
Engine Company No. 3 is located at 217 W. National Avenue, Milwaukee
9. The National Cafe & Takeaway
You can't miss this cute little cafe that is bringing new life to National Avenue. They have a delicious artisan breakfast menu along with unique lunch options, and they serve Anodyne coffee and specialty espresso drinks. Their space is quite small, but they offer takeaway as well.
The National is located at 839 W. National Avenue, Milwaukee.
10. The Comet Cafe
An East Side staple, Comet Cafe offers a full bar and huge all-day breakfast menu with many vegan options. They don't take reservations, but they do give free bacon to everyone who purchases a drink after 6 p.m. on Sundays!
Comet Cafe is located at 1947 N. Farwell Avenue, Milwaukee.
Colectivo Coffee is a well-known coffee roaster in Milwaukee, but they also serve an incredible all-day breakfast. With locations all over Milwaukee, you can get a breakfast burrito or some homemade oatmeal anywhere. They offer dozens of bakery items from their very own Troubadour Bakery as well.
Colectivo has locations all over the greater Milwaukee area, as well as Madison and Chicago.
12. Brewed Cafe
Right in the heart of Milwaukee on Brady street, you’ll find Brewed. This little gem is great for a cup of coffee, or a sit-down breakfast. They offer fantastic vegetarian and vegan options.
Brewed Cafe is located at 1208 E. Brady Street, Milwaukee.
13. Holey Moley Coffee + Doughnuts
If you're craving a doughnut this morning, we've got the place for you. Holey Moley is the go-to Milwaukee doughnut shop that also serves Valentine coffee. Every night they bake up both traditional and innovative recipes and flavors. They offer cake, old fashioned, gluten-free, vegan doughnuts—and so much more. You can find their flavors every night on their Instagram. Be sure to get there early though, because they tend to sell out!
Holey Moley Doughnuts is located at 316 N. Milwaukee Street, Milwaukee.
This modern cafe serves breakfast and lunch every day until 3! There tends to be a wait so make sure to call ahead.
Brunch is located at 800 N. Plankinton Avenue, Milwaukee.
15. Blue's Egg
Blue's Egg in Wauwatosa is a go-to breakfast joint. Their loaded hash browns are talked about all over the town.
Blue's Egg is located at 317 N. 76th Street, Milwaukee.
16. North Avenue Grill
This 'Tosa restaurant is fairly new to North Avenue, but it's blowing up! This new diner offers classic breakfast options, along with a killer lunch.
North Avenue Grill is located at 7225 W. North Avenue, Wauwatosa.
17. The Original Pancake House
The OG Pancake House is something everyone must try. Offering unique pancakes and gigantic omelettes, this classic breakfast joint is good for the whole family.
Brookfield: 16460 W. Bluemound Road, Brookfield
East Side: 2621 N. Downer Avenue, Milwaukee
18. Dinos Riverwest
This Riverwest bar is known for its burgers, but we love its weekend brunch! Don't forget the Bloody Mary—this is Milwaukee, after all.
Dinos Riverwest is located at 808 E. Chambers Street, Milwaukee.
19. Story Hill BKC
This American cuisine restaurant has been blowing up the edge of Wauwatosa. They have an amazing weekend brunch, and almost all of their food and drinks are locally sourced. This spot is a little on the pricier side, but well worth it.
Story Hill BKC is located at 5100 W Bluemound Road, Milwaukee.