Café 1505 in Mequon is conveniently located close to I43 on Mequon Road, just around the corner from Port Washington Road, making it a perfect stop for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or for picking up something from the deli.
The Café is the perfect place to start your day with a great breakfast served alongside a steaming cup of coffee and perhaps one of their fabulous Bloody Marys. Even at -12 degrees outside, the cafe did a brisk business inside the Thursday I stopped by. The crowd was a mix of business people, families, and groups of friends trying to make the best of the cold weather. The café itself has a relaxed vibe, great for lingering over a good cup of coffee while chatting or conducting business.
If you’re in the mood for caffeine, they have a full service espresso bar that serves a selection of espresso, cappuccino, lattes and mochas. Sip some fresh squeezed O.J. and you can almost feel the sun again. For brunch you can also order Café 1505’s own Ginger Beer or a Specialty Bloody Mary, such as the Signature Verde Mary [made with a house tomatillo salsa verde].
After you’ve settled on what to drink, take a minute or two with the full menu; almost everything is made in-house and sourced locally, when possible. With an emphasis on healthy and local, Café 1505 endorses the 100 Mile Menu philosophy: specialty menus (especially during the growing season) feature ingredients which come from within 100 miles of the restaurant. It supports a number of local producers and farmers markets, and is always looking to expand its local suppliers.
Regulars love the Raspberry Stuffed Challah French Toast, Cinnamon Bun French Toast, Sirloin Tip Hash, Omelettes, Frittatas, and Quiche of the Day. You choose three items from the menu list to create your own omelette or frittata (additional cost for extra ingredients); the combinations seem endless! If you have a special request, don’t hesitate to ask. According to Chef Ken Kohls, “If we can, we will make it.”
The breakfast menu Monday – Friday has many offerings, but things really get interesting for the Saturday and Sunday Brunch menus. Chef Kohls and his staff have created recent brunch specials including a Strauss Veal Breakfast Schnitzel [the veal is lightly pounded and breaded, pan sautéed, and topped with two deliciously rich eggs and hollandaise sauce]; Green Eggs & Ham [three eggs scrambled with basil pine nut pesto, uncured black forest ham, and provolone]; and a luscious Lobster Roll. Chef Kohls tells us, “We sold out of the Lobster Roll, it was so popular.”
For those looking for something gluten free, they have offered a lightly sautéed Organic Quinoa Cakes Benedict [organic quinoa cakes with chevre, dill, cumin, parmesan cheese, eggs, shallots, and parsley, topped with lemon Dijon-tossed micro greens, two poached eggs, and roasted tomato hollandaise].
It is no wonder that this well-run establishment is still going strong after 15 years under the leadership of Chef Kohls and Owner Bill Ledger. The two started together when Ledger joined the Café 1505 staff as General Manager in 2001. Ledger purchased the café in 2007, and they have worked hard to build the bustling business and friendly staff ever since. Ledger, a Marquette University History and Psychology graduate, has an extensive background in restaurant management; Chef Kohls’ years of experience are apparent in his varied menu choices. It is Ledger’s and Kohls’ work ethic and vision that drive the success of Cafe 1505.
As Café 1505 has recently expanded to include a coffee shop/deli/bakery directly across from the café and new bar, the restaurant’s management team is also working on ways to incorporate even more diverse and healthy options into their new breakfast and brunch menus, including adding more gluten free and local fare offerings.
With spring and summer right around the corner, the patio at Cafe 1505 will be the place to be.
Breakfast Monday-Friday 7-11
Lunch Monday-Friday 11-3
Happy Hour Tuesday-Saturday 4-6
Dinner Tuesday-Saturday 5-8
Weekend Brunch Saturday & Sunday 8-3
Monday Open Until 6
Tuesday-Saturday Open Until 8
Sunday Open Until 3
Article and by Deborah Tyszka and compliments of Cafe 1505