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Looking for breakfast? Try Maxfield’s in Fox Point |

Looking for breakfast? Try Maxfield’s in Fox Point

FOX POINT – They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. For many commuters in the north shore suburbs, there’s a particularly scrumptious stop just a short distance from the freeway.


Maxfield’s Pancake House opened at 333 W. Brown Deer Road in May 2009. Nicky and Gus Zarmakoupis had previously operated their breakfast and lunch restaurant in Chicago, but Nicky had wanted to return to her native Milwaukee area.

“We were looking around, and we felt that this area needed something like this, so we went ahead and opened up in Fox Point, and we’ve been there ever since,” Nicky said.

Both Nicky and Gus have extensive experience in the restaurant industry.Nicky grew up up in the business, thanks to her father owning a restaurant. As for Gus, the Chicago native spent many years working for Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises.

“He worked in downtown Chicago for that company, and eventually he just wanted to do something on his own,” Nicky said. “We wanted it to preferably be breakfast and lunch so that Gus could have a better work-life balance.”

Maxfield’s offers an extensive menu to cover both breakfast and lunch, with all kinds of options for its guests. Breakfast includes waffles, skillets, omelettes, six varieties of eggs benedict and, of course, pancakes. As for lunch, the restaurant’s menu has 3 1/2 pages of salads, burgers and sandwiches.

“Our breakfast has everything. We specialize in all these different omelettes, skillets, pancakes and waffles. There’s all different variations of how you can create your breakfast. The possibilities are endless,” Nicky said.

Gus pointed to Maxfield’s Kitchen Sink Omelette, Fritter Skillet and the signature Gus’s Skillet, which includes gyro meat, onions, peppers, mushrooms, melted feta cheese, hash browns and eggs, as definite favorites.

Maxfield’s has added to its menu over the years, including health-conscious options such as a fruit and yogurt parfait, multi-grain pancakes and gluten-free pancakes.

“For lunch our sandwiches are big sellers, but we also sell lots of salad,” Nicky said. “The North Shore is pretty health conscious.”

Nicky and Gus are fully aware of the fact that there is plenty of competition from other breakfast restaurants in the Milwaukee suburbs, but they point to both the freshness of their food and their level of personal involvement as things that separate Maxfield’s from the competition.

“We’re family-owned and also family-operated. Gus is the actual everyday operator. He’s there every single day. It’s not a side job,” Nicky said. “The service and attention is a personal touch that you might not necessarily get at other restaurants.”

Maxfield’s opened a second location in Wauwatosa in 2011 which Nicky and Gus then sold three years later. The couple is open to further expanding their business in the future should the opportunity present itself.

Maxfield’s Pancake House

ADDRESS: 333 W. Brown Deer Road, Fox Point

PHONE: 414-247-4994

WEBSITE: www.MaxfieldsPancakeHouse.com

PRICE RANGE: From $5.29 for old-fashioned pancakes and $6.99 for a soup and salad combo up to $10.99 for a meat lovers skillet and $10.89 for a pork chops sandwich

HOURS: 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily

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