Pancakes or French toast? That’s a good dilemma to have on a relaxing Sunday morning. Wisconsin’s restaurants offer some of the best brunches anywhere, serving up your favorites to help you celebrate the weekend bite by bite. We’ve got the scoop on a few of the state’s best brunch spots—read on to see what sets these places apart.
DJ’s Northwoods Family Restaurant, St. Germain
There’s a lot to enjoy in Vilas County in northern Wisconsin—there are more than 1,300 lakes, vast wild forests, and dozens of trail systems to explore. You can also find some big flavors here at places like DJ’s Northwoods Family Restaurant. Located in the heart of St. Germain, DJ’s is popular among locals and visitors alike. This family-owned and operated restaurant serves up diner-style favorites like pancakes and French toast as well as specialties like perch and eggs.
Tula’s Cafe, Minocqua
When you’re in Oneida County, you’re never far from a great meal at Tula’s Cafe. The restaurant has two locations (Minocqua and Rhinelander) and serves up some of the best breakfasts in the Northwoods. Both locations are open at 6am, so Tula’s is the perfect place when you need an early meal before heading out onto Oneida County’s beautiful trails and lakes. But it’s also a great place to gather with friends on a Sunday when you have a little more time to savor the buttermilk pancakes, French toast and omelets. See more Oneida County dining options here.
Lumberyard Bar & Grill, Marshfield
If you’re in central Wisconsin on a Sunday morning, head to Lumberyard Bar & Grill, adjacent to Marshfield’s Woodfield Inn & Suites for some delicious breakfast and brunch specialties, including the Brisket Benny (a homemade biscuit topped with smoked beef brisket, choice of egg, hollandaise, and BBQ sauce), Bacon Cheeseburger Stuffed French Toast or the Lumberyard Wrap (scrambled eggs, onions, peppers, hashbrowns, sausage & pepperjack cheese topped with homemade queso sauce and salsa).
Friendship House, Rhinelander
Another restaurant with multiple locations in the Northwoods (you’ll also find Friendship House restaurants in Eagle River and Merrill), Friendship House serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so you’re sure to find something to tame your hunger on the menu. Breakfast and brunch offerings include omelets, skillets, pancakes, waffles, French toast, and other specialties. (Since this is Rhinelander, be sure to try “The Hodag,” a Polish sausage served with two eggs and hashbrowns covered in grilled onions.)
Wisconsin Café, Manitowoc
This unique breakfast and lunch spot is located inside the Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center and serves up fresh dishes made with ingredients grown and raised throughout Wisconsin. Open on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, the menu at the Wisconsin Café changes seasonally and features traditional breakfast and lunch offerings, from its Bacon & Egg Sammie to the Patty Melt to the Perch Sandwich. Bold eaters can try to take down The Big Porker—if you finish 6 fried eggs, 6 slices of bacon, 6 sausage links, a ham steak, breakfast potatoes, 3 pancakes and 4 pieces of toast in 45 minutes, you get your meal for free, commemorative merchandise, and your picture on the Wall of Fame.