Saturday, July 2, 2011

Brunch at Cafe Benelux

This morning, we slept in a bit and then got ready to head to the Third Ward in Milwaukee for brunch at Cafe Benelux.

Third Ward sign

It just opened about a month ago and I wanted to dine out on the upstairs patio, so that's what we did today.

Cafe Benelux, Milwaukee

We both started with water and then I got an iced coffee. It's not on the menu, so the waitress was nice enough to pour hot coffee over ice. She was later even more sweet to take the iced coffee off of our bill because "she took too long to get it to me." I totally didn't think that at all, nor did I complain about the wait, so that was really nice of her.

Water at Cafe Benelux, Benelux logo

Iced coffee

drinks Cafe Benelux

We had a nice view of downtown Milwaukee and this apartment or condo building.

Third Ward building


view from Cafe Benelux

Third Ward

Check out how the windows and building are crooked (look next to the Cream City Brick building).

crooked building Third Ward

We sat next to each other and found a shady spot compared to the table originally assigned to us.

Craig and Lisa at Cafe Benelux Milwaukee

We thoroughly enjoyed sitting in the shade on the patio.

Cafe Benelux rooftop Milwaukee


Craig picked out a belgian waffle with berries.

belgian waffle, berries

I chose a pannenkoeken, which is a "lowland" crepe/pancake that is HUGE and I got berries, granola, and yogurt on top. There were lots of other choices, but I went with what I love.

berries, granola, yogurt

berries, granola, yogurt

Check out the size--I purposely took this shot a bit further away to show you all the massiveness of the pannenkoechen.


I ate all of the middle up and then took the ends home for breakfast tomorrow.


The downstairs area has a Benelux market that will soon feature sandwiches, etc. to go.

Cafe Benelux market

lights in Benelux

I liked the bike on the women's bathroom door. :)

bike on women's bathroom door

I was bored while waiting for Craig in the bathroom, so took these scenery shots.

signs in Cafe Benelux

Jennifer, this made me think of you and how your husband is half Dutch ancestrally.

Dutch magnets

Overall, we both liked Cafe Benelux a lot. I wasn't sure what to expect after some terrible reviews on yelp. I usually ignore such reviews and just decide on my own anyway. We had great service (thanks Jennie), good food, a wonderful atmosphere, didn't have to wait to get a table, and I would definitely go back here for lunch or dinner. Maybe it's just one of those hot new restaurants that if you hit it at the wrong time, you have to wait to get a table and your food.

After brunch, we walked off our meal by going to the market for a very brief visit.

Milwaukee Public Market

Then we went over to Artasia, which is Craig's favorite store.


Craig and buddha

This mannequin freaked me out when we walked out of Artasia. Somehow, I hadn't seen him before we went in!


And to conclude our morning in downtown Milwaukee, Craig requested we go to Grand Avenue mall.

Grand Avenue Milwaukee

This statue of Plankinton reminds me of being a curious (and history nerd) little girl. I used to ask my mom who he was and what he did to deserve a statue in Grand Avenue.

Grand Avenue Plankinton Statue

Too bad there aren't a lot of great stores left at Grand Avenue like there were when I was a kid. They do have a nice YMCA on the top floor of the building and I keep wanting to go there after work sometime. And I did look around the TJ Maxx, which had a pretty good selection.

I've just been relaxing the rest of the day and I have energy to burn, so I better be off to the YMCA now.

Hope you are enjoying your Saturday and it's as relaxing as mine as been!


  1. Oooh...that waffle looks amazing! I have been living off Kix for breakfast, I could really go for some waffle now!

  2. Thanks for the shout out! LOL. I need some of those for myself being married to a half dutchman and all. Were they magnets? Tee hee, also saw your comment on my blog about my new addition since I turned 40. At least I surprised someone. Everyone else is like wow that's cool, but not, whoa, I did not see that coming. Haha! Hope you enjoy the recipe I left on my other post. It is rather imprecise because I've gotten good at just whipping it up. You can use other greens like swiss chard or spinach, I suppose.

  3. What a wonderful way to spend the day! :) I love the look of that gigantic pancake I love that it's hanging over the edge of the plate! :)

    Hope you have a wonderful rest of your holiday weekend! :)