|From the back of the restaurant.|
|Coffee bar and the pot and pan lights.|
There was immediate seating and when we first arrived the restaurant was about a third full but before we left, it was filling up nicely and bustling. They sat us at a table in the back. It was only a few minutes before a server took our beverage order and with coffee cups pre-set at the tables, how could you say no? I took the bait and had coffee especially since they support local and brew Alterra coffee... yum. Christina, of course, was happy to find out they serve Coke. It was out of the can, but a safe bet, especially when, per Christina, out of the gun Coke, is sub par. First glance at the menu is overwhelming. Not a good menu for the indecisive ones out there. They may have a mini panic attack (not really). The menu includes breakfast dishes, lunch dishes, soups, salads and a kid menu. You definitely want to look at it all because it's not your usual breakfast menu. Of course they have the simple egg dishes... the two egg, meat and bread... but then they have omelets, frittatas and hashes but with unique options and farm to table flare. What's also unique to most brunch places is that they have Korean inspired dishes. They have a Korean breakfast bowl that looks strikingly similar to bibimbap. I noticed this immediately and got a little excited since I love me some bibimbap and made a mental note of it in case I didn't get it this round. This would be a good moment to take an aside and fill you in on the 411 of the restaurant itself.
blog on onmilwaukee.com, the restaurant owners were searching far and wide, from coast to coast to find the best location. Lucky for us, they decided on Milwaukee. The restaurant boasts its commitment to supporting local by being farm to table and having a commitment to sustainability through recycling and composting. Christina had done some background reading on the establishment and informed me that, they are still currently using Lake Geneva for their source of food until they develop relationships with local Milwaukee area farmers. Also, you will notice the Korean flare to the menu as she read that one of the owners brings their cultural cuisine to the menu.
Now back to the important stuff, the food. It was terribly difficult to decide on what to eat and our server was very patient with us and she actually complimented us on being very polite diners which was sweet of her to say. But, we finally decided and here's what we thought.
Details: The Simple Club. House roasted pesto marinated turkey breast, fruitwood smoke bacon, lettuce, tomato, overnight oven roasted tomato mayo served on a toasted whole wheat bread with a side of Simple potatoes. $9.25 She asked for the bacon on the side because doesn't really like bacon on a cold sandwich... to each their own, right? I myself would want double the bacon on each side of the sandwich... it makes everything better.
|Blurry pic of the Simple club with side of Simple potatoes.|
Details: Turkey, Bacon, Brussels Sprouts Hash. House roasted turkey, shredded brussels sprouts, bacon, gruyere cheese, caramelized onion, potato and two eggs any style (I chose over easy). $9.95 I chose to substitute a short stack of their buttermilk pancakes instead of bread. $2.50
|Turkey, Bacon, Brussels Sprouts Hash with a short stack.|
Other things to consider:
- Free, off-street parking available which is always nice for east side locations. But, some of this may be removed as they do plan on expanding to outdoor seating
- Kid friendly as they do provide a kid menu
- Gluten free and vegetarian friendly
- Thorough with quality checks, refills on coffee and water
- No alcohol... so if you're in the bloody mary or mimosa mood, either pick somewhere else, plan to go to two places (one for food and one for brunch spirits) or make you're own at home.
- Changing seasonal menu since it is farm to table
- Christina commented that the bathroom was awesome and recommends checking it out
- They offer to give you a cup of coffee in a to-go mug on your way out
This was a great first experience. I will definitely add it to my "bring people from out of town for brunch," list. It's fresh, supports local and has a unique flare to the traditional brunch menu. The size and appeal of the menu pulls me into wanting to go back again and again. Plus, the nice server said we were the most polite she had all day and who doesn't like a compliment? I know I do. Check it out and feed your belly with some tasty, fresh, local food. Cheers!