Brunch in the City
Chicago has one of the best restaurant scenes around, it’s a world class foodie city. This summer features new brunch options that really stay true to everything the Chicago food scene represents. These 6 brunch spots show off the city’s diverse options, featuring everything you can imagine. From classic Southern food to the exotic tastes of Mexico, Argentina, and Italy. But what would brunch be without a little drink to help wash it all down. Many of these great places also showcase craft brews and cocktails to brighten your day. What could make it better…how about enjoying it all on the patio! Chicago may have some bad winters, but that just makes us want to spend more of our summer outdoors.
1401 W Taylor St. 312-733-9871; http://www.staxcafe.com/
Stop by Taylor street in Little Italy for a classic American breakfast. Open from 7am-3pm Stax has it all. From their infamous Healthy Start Breakfast – oatmeal pancakes loaded with fresh blueberries, topped with greek yogurt, blueberry compote, homemade granola and drizzled with honey – to the Lumberjack Skillet – ham, bacon, sausage, cheddar and pepper jack cheese, potatoes, and two eggs. This restaurant was recommended in the MICHELIN guide from 2012-2017 for a reason.
Artango Bar and Steakhouse
4767 N. Lincoln Ave. 872-208-7441; http://www.artangosteakhouse.com/
Artango just opened on June 2nd and it brings with it a taste of Argentinian flair. Located in Lincoln Square they take a staple like poached eggs with hollandaise, but do something a little extra to spice it up…serving it over a grilled arepa doesn’t hurt. But it doesn’t stop there because just adding to common dishes wouldn’t set them apart. Ever heard of a lomito sandwich, if you haven’t, you should. It’s a national treasure in Argentina for a reason. The closest thing we have to it is a steak sandwich, but this one is so much more. Throw in a little tomato, lettuce, onion, a fried egg, and their very own in-house chimichurri sauce. All I can say is Wow.
900 North Michigan Shops
Allium is capitalizing on the current trend of keeping things local. They are a farm-to-table restaurant where everything is made with locally sourced ingredients inside of an exquisitely decorated space in the Four Seasons hotel. Serving classic American food, none of the names on the menu will surprise you, but the execution of how they are done will blow you away. Going out with the little ones? No problem, Allium is child-friendly, in the form of seating, atmosphere, and a buffet that won’t make them scrunch up their nose. And for the discerning adult you can start with blueberry waffles or take a lighter approach with the salmon salad. The service is impeccable; Professional, attentive, and always with a smile.
5707 N Clark St. 773-561-1600; http://www.mhenry.net/
Located in Andersonville M. Henry is a traditional daytime spot that serves anything other than what you ‘traditionally’ expect. Looking for sweet, savory, something with fruit, what about eggs that are so good they’ll make you giggle? Doesn’t matter…M. Henry has it. The cinnamon roll French toast is something you’re not likely to find at many places, so you’ll have to have a good reason to pass it up. And for all the vegans out there, no need to worry, they’ve got you covered with the organic tofu scramble. But everyone else doesn’t have to miss out on all the scrambly goodness, you can get yours with eggs. However, when it comes to eggs, I can’t get enough of Fannie’s Killer Egg Sandwich. Just remember to try and not annoy your friends at the table with you with all of your “ohhhhs and ahhhhs”.
Batter & Berries
2748 N Lincoln Ave. 773-248-7710; https://batterandberries.com/
With a name like Batter & Berries the first thing you’re probably going to think of is pancakes or waffles covered in fruit. You’re not wrong. They have some incredibly decadent plates of both. As a man once said “They’re so good they’ll make you slap your momma!” Not really, but don’t leave her at home when you come here because if she finds out she might slap you. The sweet tooth in all of us comes out on occasion and this is the place to scratch that itch. Caramel French toast topped with candied walnuts, caramel sauce and maple butter. Pancakes loaded with locally sourced syrup, blueberries and just a touch of cinnamon. This one is a BYOB, so bring some of the bubbly to round out the meal.
837 W Fulton Market 312-733-9555; http://www.thepublicanrestaurant.com/
Located in the West Loop this may be the only one on our list that actually requires a reservation. It doesn’t matter what time you show up, The Publican is likely to be crowded. Wonder how many people go here…it’s got 2,905 reviews on Yelp. That’s insane. But once you take your first bite you’ll know why. Self-described as “A creative seafood & pork-focused menu plus global brews in a hip setting with communal tables” this place delivers. Bread pudding, check. Avocado salad, check. Belgian waffles with honey butter and strawberry jam, double check. Miss out on your veggies last night because they don’t serve them at the bar, look no further than the mushroom scramble. I can’t leave without getting a sticky pecan bun, and I suggest you do the same.