Everyone that lives in Milwaukee seems to know that Blue’s Egg is one of the best spots in the city for breakfast and brunch. Even though the restaurant is hidden in a small strip mall off Interstate 94 near Wauwatosa, you can always expect there to be a wait for a table.
Not surprisingly, when I arrived at Blue’s Egg, the place was packed. Did I mention it was a late Monday morning?
Since I was dining alone, I was hopeful I would be able to find a seat at the bar, but even that was full. My only option was to put my name in with the hostess, who told me it would be a 10 to 15 minute wait for a table. Two minutes later, my name was called and I was led to my table down a small hallway in the back dining area.
Immediately after seating, I was greeted by a friendly server who handed me a menu, complimentary grapes to snack on, and a large bottle of tap water. Since I drink more water than the normal person, and I had one too many beers the night before, having water at the table was a big plus for me.
The decor of the restaurant was all over the place. Part modern, part retro, part New York diner.
The design was simple with black carpets, colorful brown and orange tile flooring, and simple beige walls. The walls were adorned with black and white photographs, mirrors, and clocks. Hanging from the ceilings were cool circular lights that could only be described as modern retro.
One thing unique was the floor to ceiling replica of the Statue of Liberty.
The restaurant was a lot bigger than I thought at first glance. There was a small bar with no more than 10 seats along with a main dining room. As I looked closer, I noticed a narrow hallway leading to a smaller dining room in the back.
With an open layout in each dining room, and music playing lightly in the background, both dining areas were quite loud. I recommend requesting a table in the smaller back dining room, which was slightly less noisy.
If you are eating alone, or don’t want to wait for an available table, you can try your luck at one of the bar seats. With only a few seats available, you might be better off waiting for a table though.
Blue’s Egg Menu
So what makes Blue’s Egg so popular?
A quick look at the Blue’s Egg menu and you will know why. The unique menu featured breakfast items, many housemade, that you won’t find anywhere else.
If the menu above is a little hard to read, you can view an easier to read menu at http://www.bluesegg.com/menus/.
Some of these unique dishes included Blue’s Classic Benedict with pulled ham, Monkey Bread with a sweet whiskey sauce (both of which I ordered), stuffed hash browns, blue crab cakes, smoked salmon crepes, and much, much more.
There was also an assortment of daily specials and drinks including coffee, tea, craft beers, wine, and cocktails.
Another great thing to note. Blue’s Egg only uses large, cage-free brown eggs which are locally sourced from small family farms.
After reading all the rave reviews about the Monkey Bread ($3.25), I knew I had to experience it for myself.
The best way I could describe the Monkey Bread was a mixture between a cinnamon roll and a doughnut.
The outside of the bread was crispy and sticky with sweet syrup along with a dusting of powdered sugar. The inside of the bread was fluffy and soft.
Now, I wasn’t expecting the Monkey Bread to be hot out of the oven fresh when I ordered it around noon, but the bread could have been a little warmer. It was a little cold for my liking. A quick reheat would have made a huge difference.
For an extra dollar, you can “Crunk It” which gets you a side of whiskey caramel sauce. The sauce, both sweet and surprisingly boozy, reminded me of the taste and smell of vanilla, helping offset the sweetness of the caramel and bread.
Blue’s Classic Benedict
Before I arrived, before I even left my hotel room, I knew what I was going to order: Blue’s Classic Benedict with one side ($12.50).
Wow, this plate look beautiful and colorful. They say you eat with your eyes first, and my eyes were hungry.
When you order the Blue’s Classic Benedict you get two poached eggs and pulled ham on top of an English muffin and smothered in hollandaise sauce.
Each order also included one side. I went with the goat cheese stuffed hash browns a.k.a very stuffed browns.
If you are interested in knowing all the sides available, continue reading the next paragraph. Otherwise, skip ahead.
Here we go: steel cut oatmeal, two local brown eggs, housemade English muffin, housemade granola, buttermilk pancake, hand-cut fries, petite fruit smoothie, fresh fruit, toasted bagel with caper cream cheese, grapefruit half with vanilla sugar, housemade veggie sausage, zesty sausage links ($1 extra), thick-cut cherry wood bacon ($1 extra), housemade chicken chorizo ($1 extra), slow-baked pulled ham ($1 extra), seasonal berries ($2 extra), and a variety of stuffed hash browns ($2 extra).
Let’s start with the very stuffed hash browns.
All I can say is wow. These had to be the best hash browns I have ever had.
On top, the potatoes were fried to a perfectly crispy golden brown. Inside was a thick layer of potatoes cooked until just tender. Blue’s Egg sure hit the nail on the head with the cooking of the potatoes.
Stuffed inside the hash browns was a generous amount of tangy and creamy goat cheese. You can never go wrong with hash browns stuffed with cheese. I don’t think I can ever enjoy hash browns again unless cheese is stuffed inside of it.
Covering the potatoes was a bright red paprika aioli along with diced roasted olives. The sauce, which reminded me of an enchilada sauce, was peppery, smoey, slightly spicy, and amazingly garlicky. I could have eaten this sauce just by itself.
Topping the aioli was a simple yet delicious serving of roasted olives. I love how the olives added a great bite of acid and salt which complemented the richness of the paprika aioli.
These hash browns had it all, both with texture and flavors. Each bite was crunchy and tender with multiple layers of flavors: salty, spicy, tangy, and smoky. Hands down, the best hash browns I have ever had.
Now on to the Eggs Benedict.
With any Eggs Benedict I eat, I have to judge the dish first on how the poached eggs are cooked. Unfortunately, the first poached egg was slightly overcooked and the second egg was almost solid. This was a big letdown. A perfectly poached egg, with a runny golden yolk, is a key competent of any Eggs Benedict dish. Without this yolk, each bite was a little dry.
On the positive side, the hollandaise sauce was delicious. The house-made sauce was creamy but not too thick, seasoned well, and had a great kick of acid from lemon juice.
Piled high on top of the English muffins, just below the poached eggs, was a generous portion of house-cured pulled ham. The smoky and salty ham was so unbelievably tender. Each bite of the ham seemed to fall apart and literally just melted in my mouth. The texture, which you usually don’t find with ham, reminded me of the texture of pulled pork. The pulled ham almost made me forget about the overcooked poached eggs.
My one complaint: the ham, just as with the Monkey Bread, was slightly on the cold side. I had a feeling my order possibly sat around for a few minutes before arriving at my table.
Not to be forgotten, the English muffins. And yes, they were also made fresh and house-made. The muffins were delicious and just thick enough to hold all of the ingredients above. Though one muffin was toasted perfectly, the bottom of the other muffin was burnt. After a few bitter and burnt bites, I had no choice but to use my fork to rip the burnt section off the muffin. Problem averted.
Service was fantastic and friendly.
Even though I was told there would be a 10 to 15 minute wait for a table, my name was called almost immediately.
My server was attentive with a great attitude, even on a busy morning. She seemed to care about each guest, including first timers like me.
My food arrived quickly, drinks were constantly refilled, and leftovers were packed up. No complaints here.
The flavors of the dishes that I tried at Blue’s Egg were both unique and flavorful. The menu was exciting and fresh and makes me want to return.
As far as execution of the dishes, there was a lot to be desired. The food was slightly cold, the poached eggs were overcooked, and one of the muffins was burnt. Nothing a few small changes can’t fix. Maybe I caught them on a bad day.
Even with the few issues, I highly recommend Blue’s Egg in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for their friendly service, unique dishes, and exciting flavors
- Everything about the very stuffed browns was amazing
- Flavors were exciting
- The menu was full of unique breakfast items
- Lunch items are also available
- Food was slightly cold
- Poached eggs were overcooked
- The bottom of one of the English muffins was completely burnt
- You can expect a long wait on weekends