Café Hollander, located at 7677 West State Street, is one of the more recent restaurants to pop up in the village of Wauwatosa. Open since 2009, business has been booming in the historic, two-story building situated on the Menominee River. The restaurant has some of the best al fresco dining, with river and bustling village views. Inside, beer and bicycle posters line the walls and rows of windows overlook the river. The high-energy staff is eager to please and always knowledgeable about the beer.
The specialty here, like its Downer Avenue brother, is Belgian beer. The menu, referred to as the ‘Bier Book’, is a 16-page listing of imported beers from far away as Belgium, Holland, Germany, and England; and nearby as Colorado, New York, and Chicago. The draft list occupies two pages of the menu, while bottles, beer tasting palettes, and seasonally available beers consume the other three-quarters of the book. Beer at Café Hollander, like in Belgium, is never served in the wrong glass.
With beer, one must have food, and the food menus at Café Hollander hit the mark for variety and distinctiveness. The weekday only breakfast menu serves up favorites like egg dishes, French toast, omelets, and quiche. Brunch is served weekends from 9-3pm and includes breakfast items like Belgian waffles and pancakes in addition to sandwiches, appetizers, soups and salads. Bloody Marys and mimosas are brunch menu favorites, and the restaurant offers several styles to fit any mood, any day of the week.
The lunch and dinner menu has an assortment of items ranging from simple sandwiches to complex dinner plates. Appetizers include the popular steamed mussels, sweet potato frites, and the restaurant’s version of beef sliders (three mini burgers on pretzel buns with braised onions and honey mustard). Soups like vegetarian chili and beer cheese can warm up even the coldest of guests. There is also a variety of burgers for any craving. Choose from beef burgers, turkey burgers, and even a black bean burger for the vegetarian diner. The sandwich eaters can also enjoy plenty of selection; try the pulled pork, portabella sandwich, or brie, tomato and basil sandwich. For those looking for some serious comfort food, any of the menu’s café plates is worth a taste. Order the steak and frites, the Flemish beef stew with root vegetables, or the sausage over mashed potatoes. One of the ultimate comfort foods is meatloaf, and Café Hollander’s Benelux meatloaf surpasses Mom’s with a blend of vegetables, ground beef and turkey, all served over red skin mashed potatoes. For the not-so-hearty appetite, the rosemary goat cheese mac with cavatappi noodles is just the right size. Not to be missed are the nightly dinner specials, including a Friday fish fry throughout the Lenten season.
If you still haven’t found the comfort food you crave, any of the menu’s desserts are sure to end your search. Try the dense flourless chocolate cake or the bread pudding, which is topped with ice cream and caramel sauce. You can even build your own cobblestone – a powdered sugar waffle with your choice of toppings like ice cream, sliced fruit, chocolate or caramel syrup, and whipped cream.
Café Hollander serves food until midnight every day of the week for the late night foodies. The night owls can also play trivia on Mondays and Biero (the restaurant’s version of Bingo) at 8pm on Sundays. Whether sitting down for a Friday fish fry, Sunday brunch, or just a few pints on a random weekday evening, the menu at Café Hollander is sure to have something for everyone.
Breakfast, lunch, dinner