It was a chilly Saturday morning, and we had participated in Doors Open Milwaukee. We found ourselves in Bayview, and we were hungry! Cafe Centraal has a great menu (especially for non-meat eaters), fresh ingredients, and good service. Our server was a nice young man who, when I mentioned I didn't want the rosemary potatoes or fruit (as I'm low-carbing), offered a side salad. (And, we didn't get charged extra for the swap). I enjoyed the garden egg white veggie omelet with edamame (added a nice subtle crunch), mushrooms, onions, spinach, and goat cheese. The menu said it would be topped with housemade pico de gallo. Mine didn't have that topping; rather, it had several sprigs of chives. The side salad had mixed greens, candied walnuts, blue cheese, a couple cherry tomato halves, and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. My husband's breakfast was more like a dessert -- awesome. He loved the nutella pancakes -- a stack of three pancakes layered with nutella, and topped with banana slices and whipped cream. Yes, I had a small taste (thinking there wouldn't be too many carbs in a forkfull :) ), and knew why my husband had a big smile on is face while enjoying them. While there, we took a peek at the beer menu. Cafe Centraal offers some of the best Belgian beers, a menu unlike any we've seen in other Milwaukee-area restaurants. It was a little too early for us to indulge, but seeing beers from previous visits to Belgium and Germany, made it quite tempting. The only drawback to our dining experience was the noise level. True, the Badger game was playing on overhead TVs in the room, but no one appeared to be watching. The acoustics in the room were such that one had to talk loudly to hear conversations. Perhaps some sound-deadening ceiling tiles could be installed? We'll be back the next time we're in the Bayview area. Cafe Centraal was a great find.
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