Restaurant Review: Zak’s Cafe

This week I was lucky enough to have a lunch meeting at Zak’s Cafe in the Walker’s Point neighborhood of Milwaukee (231 S. 2nd St., Milwaukee). This is a gem of a place, with wonderful, fresh food, breakfast until 3:00 p.m. every day, an easygoing, comfortable atmosphere and friendly staff.

Zak’s has options for everyone, including vegetarian and gluten free dishes, as well as their signature dishes. If you’re craving breakfast like I was, you’ll love the variety – things like sweet potato hash and lobster Benedict caught my eye, but I went with an old standby, and Zak’s signature dish, the breakfast burrito.

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This is a huge meal, and I did have the option to get hashbrowns or country fried potatoes – I decided fruit would make Mrs. TG proud! This burrito is stuffed with eggs, sausage or chorizo (I chose sausage), onions, green peppers, and cheddar cheese – plus it’s topped with guacamole, pico de gallo, and sour cream.

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This monster filled me up for the rest of the day, and it was delicious – obviously fresh ingredients and prepared right before arriving at my table.

My guest chose one of Zak’s amazing specials: a gourmet grilled cheese with tomato bisque. I didn’t taste this, but man, did it look good. The grilled cheese had upwards of four varieties of cheese melted into it, and the soup came out piping hot with fresh parmesan and what looked like home made croutons on top.

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I keep coming back to Zak’s for many reasons. I’ve never been disappointed by the food, and I know I’ve got my tried and true standbys as well as interesting and unique daily specials. The restaurant itself is light, modern, and I’ve rarely had to wait for a table. They also have a lovely outdoor patio tucked away between the buildings. Breakfast and lunch prices range from $8-$15 and dinner reaches up to $23 for duck and $35 for steak. I’ve only been there for lunch, and I can attest that the price is a deal for the quality of food you receive. Another little perk – if you’ve got time to kill between meetings and need a cup of coffee, you can sit at their bar and they’ll even share the wifi password with you!

I’d recommend Zak’s to anyone in Milwaukee if you’re looking for casual, quality food at a fair price.