Enjoy classic Sunday brunch in a historic 1903 lakefront pavilion in Milwaukee at Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro, known for its French-inspired cuisine. A brand new addition to the restaurant, the unique three-course format lets brunch-goers choose their culinary adventure with a price tailored to the main entrée choice.
No matter the season, Lake Park Bistro has been serving up spectacular views perched atop a bluff since 1995. Diners can watch the summer sailboats float by, walkers and dogs enjoying the nearby Oak Leaf Trail and Lake Park (designed by famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted) or cozy winter snow views from the pavilion windows.
The brainchild of Lake Park Bistro’s Executive Chef Amanda Langler, the newly added Sunday brunch will leave you satiated for the day. Start your brunch with a complimentary flaky croissant and butter while poring over the tantalizing three-course brunch menu. All courses are ordered at the same time, and the attentive and knowledgeable staff times out your meal, allowing the chance to dine and relax while savoring all the flavors.
The first course starts with mouthwatering appetizers sure to please the palate like Lake Park Bistro’s signature French onion soup, shrimp cocktail, warm goat cheese accompanied by preserves, baguettes and light salad or fresh fruit with honey Greek yogurt.
The main course features both breakfast and lunch-based brunch items like a crispy pork belly with poached egg and baguette; a traditional, light French-style omelet with wild mushrooms and Gruyere cheese; or the wonderfully sweet-savory French toast with a slightly tangy pear butter. Eggs benedict lovers will enjoy the traditional presentation with ham and a perfectly toasted, almost-crunchy English muffin with an add-on option of smoked salmon and fresh dill, all served with creamy garlic roasted potatoes.
Save room for course three when diners can choose from four very different options. Dessert delights include a rich flourless chocolate cake with banana ice cream; a palate-cleansing coffee custard with milk crumble and fresh blackberries; the light and bright white chocolate melt-in-your-mouth crepes with an orange Grand Marnier sauce; or a perfect sharable dish of French-inspired cheese, fruit, preserves and toasted bread.
Lake Park Bistro sets the scene for an elegant (yet unpretentious and welcoming) Sunday brunch with French décor, impressionist art, white linen tablecloths, tassel lights hanging from the ceiling and natural light radiating through the historic building. Whether celebrating a special occasion or simply gathering with friends and family, Lake Park Bistro is a Sunday morning treat, both sweet and savory.
Bonus warm-weather fun: Stop by and watch outdoor summer lawn bowling on the front lawn, a sport that’s been part of the historic Lake Park for more than 100 years.
Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro is open for brunch every Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The restaurant is also open for dinner featuring a heavily French-inspired menu from Monday to Sunday, 5 to 9 p.m. For more information, visit www.bartolottas.com/lake-park-bistro.
3133 E. Newberry Blvd.
Milwaukee, WI 53211
Food, photo credit: Bill Milne