Friday, February 8, 2013

Brunch in the Milwaukee Parks

I love eating in a park setting and today was a great day for it.  My friend and I went for a long hike at Lake Park, and then settled in for lunch at Lake Park Bistro.  It was heavenly to sit by the huge windows that overlook Lake Michigan and see all the new snow.  The soups and salads are always good for lunch.  We got to talking about where to eat to celebrate a birthday/holiday and I was telling her about a few of my favorite places, so I thought I'd share with you a few favorites that are doing brunch this weekend.

Bartolotta runs the restaurant at Lake Park Bistro.  You can see the view we had for lunch- pretty, if you ask me.  They do a Sunday brunch from 10-2 which is a 3 course meal.  You choose your courses off the menu and pay accordingly.  You can get champagne, mimosa, bloody mary, as well as juices.  The eggs benedict and croque madame come highly recommended!  They even have a children's menu, which is also 3 courses.  You can make a reservation, but it is not required.  Wouldn't this be a great place to celebrate Valentine's day a little early?  Call (414)962-6300 for more information.
View from Lake Park Bistro
Bartolotta's also caters at Boerner Botanical Gardens.  They are doing a special Valentine's Day Brunch, and you can call (414)525-5635 to make reservations.  I've been there before for brunch before and it's fantastic- lots of stations with a good variety of selections.  Unfortunately I called today to find out what would be different about the Valentine's Day brunch and wasn't able to speak with a person.  They do Sunday brunch every week, just like Lake Park Bistro, so check out the menu. After brunch, you can stroll the gardens or bring a sled and head over to adjacent Whitnall Park for some fun.

Hubbard Park Lodge in Shorewood is another favorite brunch place.  This has been remodeled and has a revised menu since maybe some of you were here last.  If you've never been here, you're in for a treat.  It's a rustic lodge in a beautiful park setting along the Milwaukee River.  You can see the menu for not only their brunch, but also the Friday fish fry at this link.  The brunch is a "lumberjack menu" which is hearty and served family style.  It is served every Sunday from 9-2.  This is a great place for the whole family and it's affordable at $11.95.  There are almost always waterfowl in the river.  You can hike the trail or bring snowshoes and enjoy the snow.  The Oak Leaf Trail backs up to this property, so you can access it by foot/sled if you are nearby.  Otherwise if you're driving, it's 1 1/2 block from Capitol Drive and 1 block west of Oakland.  You don't need a reservation for this casual brunch.  Just drop in!

Hope you find a good meal and enjoy the outdoors in Milwaukee's beautiful parks this weekend!
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