Our top Wisconsin brunch restaurants do two things particularly well: serve seasonal, farm-fresh food and act as a launching-off point for activities like biking, hiking and swimming. Eat brunch at these delicious cafes, diners and revamped community spaces to start your perfect summer day in Wisconsin.
Conveniently located near the Lake Loop bike path and Olbrich Park Beach, Crema Café is an ideal brunch place to jumpstart an outdoorsy Madison day. The happy little café is a neighborhood favorite because it uses local ingredients to boost traditional dishes. All the egg items are excellent—like the Fungus Scramble, combining truffle oil, asiago cheese and local mushrooms.
If your ideal summer weekend in Madison is centered around State Street or the Memorial Union Terrace, try Short Stack Eatery. Open Thursday through Sunday around the clock, this trendy diner caters to the lounging bruncher. Sleep in, order a breakfast cocktail and try the breakfast sandwich served on hot, spicy cheese bread.
Hiking in Peninsula State Park or hitting the beach in Fish Creek? Stop at Blue Horse Beach Café for good views, vibes, and vegetarian-friendly food. Try the local Kombucha on tap with The Veg Out spicy breakfast sandwich. You’ll enjoy your meal overlooking the harbor and mingling with the locals who frequent Blue Horse every summer.
One of our new brunch favorites in Milwaukee is Engine Company No. 3. Situated in a vintage fire station, Engine Company boasts truck-sized garage doors that open in the summer. Interestingly, Engine Company’s cuisine has a global flair, with dishes deriving from Hungary, Colombia and Denmark. One of the most popular meals is the Queen’s Brekkie from South Africa, featuring sausage and curry braised eggplant. After brunch here, consider biking from Walker’s Point through the Historic Third Ward and on to the Oak Leaf Trail.
It doesn’t get more fashionable than The Charmant for brunch. A tastefully refurbished candy factory, The Charmant serves meals with local flair such as trout benedict and corn meal pancakes with maple syrup. When you’re done with brunch, walk across the street to relax at Riverside Park or hop on the La Crosse Queen, a traditional paddlewheel boat.
Whether you’re strolling along the Wisconsin River or biking the Green Circle Trail through Stevens Point, Father Fats Public House is a nearby stop-off for brunch. Father Fats features delightful garden seating, communal dining and menus that change with the season. Trusty standbys include anything with blue crab—like the crab cakes or quiche—and the fried chicken and waffles with caramelized onions.
You’ll have to get up early to catch breakfast at the Daily Dose Café, but the from-scratch recipes, outdoor patio and strong coffee is worth it. For a hearty start to the day, order the Bisculicious Plate for biscuits, homemade gravy, fried potatoes and eggs. Then head to Simmons Island Beach to play in the sand and see its two historic lighthouses.