I took yesterday and today off from work, and I decided to spend today in one of my favorite parts of Milwaukee, the suburb of Wauwatosa. I spend a lot of time there, shopping at Mayfair mall, going to festivals and the farmer's market in the "village" and dining.
Wauwatosa has a lot of great restaurants and eateries to choose from. Whether you want a casual lunch, fun happy hour or a great dinner, you can find it here. I always think of this area as funky but relaxed, family-friendly but great for a single person such as myself. And, one of the reasons I, like some of my friends, do not like to go to downtown Milwaukee after work is the parking hassles. Wauwatosa has very little of that. It's just a nice place to spend the day and evening.
Anyway, back to my day. I started out by having breakfast at one of my favorite places, Cranky Al's on 69th and North Ave (http://crankyals.com/). In the evening, they make amazing single-serve pizza (as well as pizza for a group), and in the mornings, they make the best donuts. They also have what they term "Shrink N Drink" the 3rd Thursday of every month where a professional therapist comes in and answers questions from the audience. I've been to a few of these, and the questions can range from funny to quite serious. You never know what the evening will be like.
Cranky Al's isn't the only place to get great breakfast in Tosa though. You can get great food like omelets, french toast and pancakes at John's Sandwich Shop, La Reve and Cafe Hollander. All three also have weekend brunch.
You can also find casual dining in the "village" at Hector's (http://hectors.com/wauwatosa/specials.html), Colonel Hart's (http://www.colonelharts.com/), and Pizzeria Piccola (http://pizzeriapiccola.com/), as well as chain restaurants Noodles & Company, Cousins Subs, George Webb's and Little Caeser's.
There are many, many great places to get a good dinner in Tosa. My favorite place has to be Cafe Hollander (http://www.cafehollander.com/tosavillage/) which has a great European vibe and spectacular food from burgers to salads to fish. They also have nightly specials with such a distinctive Belgian flair. And they have one of the largest beer selections in Milwaukee, and that's saying a lot here.
I'm sure I've only scratched the surface on great places to eat in this suburban/urban oasis. Did I miss any? Please feel free to post them below. I'm always looking for great and unique places to eat, and none of Milwaukee's distinct neighborhoods disappoint. Happy eating!