Imagine if someone were to combine a house designed by a homemaker from HGTV's Flip or Flop with fresh breakfast, lunch and dinner prepared by chefs on wide, circular, iron skillets. That, in a sense, sums up Storyhill BKC, located at 5100 W Bluemound Rd on a tidy corner in Milwaukee's Story Hill neighborhood. Storyhill BKC resembles Comet Cafe and other cafes in the sense that it sits within a quiet, calm neighborhood and serves delicious food in a relaxed setting.
The environment outside of Storyhill seemingly reflects the vibe within Storyhill, along with warm and friendly employees and fresh dishes. There is a bar area and store for anyone looking to purchase or consume adult beverages, and this staple of Storyhill is noticeable through the menu that provides a gamut of drinks to choose from and a lengthy Happy Hour (2 to 5 p.m.) Opening at 9 a.m. during the weekend and 11 a.m. during the week, Storyhill offers weekend brunch including crepes of the day, flatbreads and frittata for families, friends and fun people. Their pricing is somewhat reasonable ($6 crepes, $8 for eggs, toast and a side of meat) and seems to be a legit place for coffee and brunch for two. To be safe, just bring at least 20 bucks if you plan to have a drink with your meal.
My favorite part about Storyhill is being able to see the chefs prepare food in front of customers near the bar area. A lot of places section off their cooks and chefs from the customers, but I think the see-through glass and open-floor concept allows people to interact with the chefs, something me and my guest opted to do a few times. My House special crepe, which was loaded with quark (assortment of meats including smoked berkshire, baby kale, among others) was fanciful and fulfilling. The presentation of food made for an even better breakfast and allowed me to appreciate the chefs' work. Overall, Storyhill BKC distinguishes itself with its wide degree of entrees available and upscale, yet comforting venue. If you are looking for a place to eat this winter break, look right around the corner for cultured cuisine at Storyhill BKC.
Overall Rating: 9.5/10
If you take a trip to Milwaukee's Riverwest area and head to 2803 N. Teutonia Ave, you'll find a cozy and inviting restaurant masked with African decor, smooth jazz music, books and portraits of African-American musicians and civil rights leaders. What you'll also find is hearty and extremely satisfying breakfast that is served all day and every day of the week.
Coffee Makes You Black is in close proximity to campus, only 8 minutes away by car and 20 minutes by bus (You can take the 12 to Teutonia from 12th and Wisconsin). As for the menu, CMYB's options range from chicken and waffles (my choice), to catfish and grits at very reasonable prices ($7.50 for chicken & waffles, 2 pancakes for $3.50). Simply put, soulful is one word that describes the essence of Coffee Makes You Black. The food is cooked with love and tenderness, a characteristic that describes the chicken that collided with my confectious waffles. My salmon croquettes were also cooked and seasoned very well, offering me a side dish to consume while eating from my main platter. That said, these dishes alone will have me coming back for more in the very near future.
CMYB's customer service was outstanding, as my guest and I had numerous people check on us while we ate. A waiter even said to another party, "When it comes to business and customers, I have to be on top of this." This alone showed me how important customers were to the people working there. The employees all had smiles on their faces, and a result, put a smile on mine. The only qualm about CMYB are their times, as they close at 3 p.m. on most days. However, breakfast joints usually close mid-afternoon so that just means you'll have to wake up early and smell the coffee--which is exactly what I did and then some on this Saturday morning at Coffee Makes You Black.
Overall Rating: 9.5/10