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River Edge Restaurant

283 S. Riverside Dr., Saukville, WI - (262) 284-9918
Posted By Michael Stern on 3/19/2009 4:14:00 PM
We recommend River Edge Restaurant for breakfast north of Milwaukee because it opens at 4:30am(!), but with a few caveats. The donuts that look homemade on the cake pedestal just beyond the cash register may indeed be homemade, but they are not good: cold, heavy, bad-tasting. The butterflied grilled brat (short for bratwurst) served with eggs in the morning has a very nice taste, but it’s rugged-textured, and a dish we'd recommend only to those who enjoy a good chew in the morning.

On the other hand, the bacon is some of the best you’ll find in any roadside café: double-thick, smoky-flavored, and delicious. Riversedge pancakes are good; its potato pancakes are even better. They are ultra-thin and moist with crisp lacy edges. Hash brown potatoes served alongside eggs are cooked with ample grease and a good measure of sweet onions; and the house white bread, homemade and thick-sliced, makes terrific buttered toast.

A plain, rectangular café a few blocks off Route 33, River Edge is the type of place that attracts a steady clientele of truckers to its low counter, which is surrounded by chairs rather than stools. There is a scattering of Formica tables, too; but if you want to be where the action is and eavesdrop on the men in John Deere caps, the counter is the place to be.

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Thick bacon and lace-edge potato pancakes, with apple sauce on the side:  a winning combination.
"Thick bacon and lace-edge potato pancakes, with apple sauce on the side: a winning combination."
Michael Stern





A close-up of the extra-thick bacon.  The menu here even brags in big letters,
"A close-up of the extra-thick bacon. The menu here even brags in big letters, "We are proud to serve Bernie's Bacon, Port Washington, WI.""
Cliff Strutz


Bratwurst is the meat of choice in this part of Wisconsin -- for breakfast as well as lunch.  here, it is butterflied and fried, served with over-easy eggs and toast.
"Bratwurst is the meat of choice in this part of Wisconsin -- for breakfast as well as lunch. here, it is butterflied and fried, served with over-easy eggs and toast."
Michael Stern


This is the classic small town restaurant where everyone knows everyone else.  The U-shaped counter is the focus of the dining room.
"This is the classic small town restaurant where everyone knows everyone else. The U-shaped counter is the focus of the dining room."
Cliff Strutz


Frankly, we're stumped by the name of this restaurant.  Here's the sign, but the business card says
"Frankly, we're stumped by the name of this restaurant. Here's the sign, but the business card says "Riversedge" (one word), and we've seen it written as "River's Edge." Whatever it's called, it is an old-fashioned truck stop cafe, just a hop off I-43."
Michael Stern



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