Review: Blue’s Egg

Counter area at Blue's Egg.The sister restaurant to Maxie’s Southern Comfort opened in July 2010. Too bad I didn’t hear about Blue’s Egg until right before my Boston-bound departure.

Located near Gilles Frozen Custard on Wauwatosa’s east side, Blue’s Egg took over the space vacated by one of the last Heinemann’s in Milwaukee.

The interior is warm and comforting – taking you back to the feeling of diners of yesteryear – with chrome, neon signs, kitsch and smooth lines.

The restaurant is open daily for breakfast and lunch. Who doesn’t like the idea of brunch any day of the week? The menu has old favorites with a new twist like a curried tofu benedict or a chicken and spinach mac & cheese.

The line is long but well worth the wait. Instead of giving you the standard coaster-buzzer to await your table you get a playing card. The waiting area isn’t too large and people pile over into the nearby counter area looking out for a spot.

We recently went for brunch on a Sunday on two occasions. The wait the first time – for a group of four – was about 40 minutes. The second time – for just Brett and I – was only about 20 minutes. Make it through the wait and you won’t be disappointed.

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Wine & Dine Wisconsin

If you’re a foodie in Milwaukee, you must seriously think about attending Wine & Dine Wisconsin. This weekend-long event will be held Saturday, Oct. 2, and Sunday, Oct. 3, at the Frontier Airlines Center in Milwaukee.

The event features more than 100 exhibitors including Cedar Creek Winery, Cold Spoons Gelato, Il Mito, Kil@wat, Maxie’s Southern Comfort, Old Town Serbian Restaurant, Tastefully Simple (click the link to reach my friend Mary’s Tastefully Simple page), Pampered Chef (click the link to reach my friend Rhonda’s Pampered Chef page) and more. Exhibitors will offer tastings of their artisanal foods, cheeses, wines, microbrews and spirits.

There will also be more than 40 stage presentations by outstanding chefs, culinary experts, brewers and mixologists. New to this year’s event are 11 food/wine/beer/spirit seminars plus a special area featuring a number of Milwaukee Journal Sentinel food critic Carol Deptolla’s Top 30 restaurants.

Tickets are required to attend. The cost is $39 in advance or $49 at the door. Seminars and the Top 30 restaurant area require separate tickets. Wine & Dine Wisconsin is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 2, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 3.

For more information, visit www.wineanddinewisconsin.com.

See you there!