No matter their political views, their baseball rivalries or their neighborhood loyalties, Chicagoans can agree on one thing: Brunch is the most important meal of the day. Yet with so many delicious options, how does one ever decide where to dine? Here, we pick 10 unique spots and highlight their Sunday best, from the healthiest menu to the best morning brew.
Open Every Day: Parson’s Chicken & Fish
Feel like brunching mid-week? The meal is served seven days a week at Logan Square’s Parson’s. That means you can eat the tasty chicken and waffles ($12) on the regular, or mix it up with huevos rancheros with crispy tortillas, charred salsa, drunken pintos, sunny-side eggs and Chihuaha cheese ($10) or the Early Riser with fries, eggs, hash browns and toast ($8). Afterward, burn off calories on the new ice-skating rink on the back patio.
2952 W. Armitage, (773) 384-3333; Parsonschickenandfish.com
Lazy, Bloody Sunday: Davanti Enoteca
No need to get up — the Italian staple just launched a tableside bar-on-wheels that makes Bloody Marys mobile. Choose from five options, including the traditional house style ($10), the El Guapo with Don Julio Blanco, chipotle, tomato and Cholula sauce ($12) and the Frank Costello with vodka, Clamato, horseradish, Old Bay and oyster hot sauce ($14). As for the food, Italian flair spices up the menu, which features dishes like a prosciutto and egg sandwich ($11) and a mascarpone polenta board ($15-$18).
30 E. Hubbard, (312) 605-5900; Davantienoteca.com
Healthy and Hearty: Beatrix
Brunch doesn’t always have to leave you feeling guilty; Lettuce Entertain You’s Beatrix is a perfect option for the health conscious. Start your meal with a fresh-squeezed juice such as the Cherry Chia Cooler (left, $5.95) and fill up on ten-grain oatmeal with sun-dried sour cherries, dark brown sugar and toasted almonds ($4.95), quinoa cakes with poached eggs ($11.95) or light and fluffy lemon pancakes with blackberries and lemon syrup ($10.95).
519 N. Clark, (312) 284-1377; Beatrixchicago.com
Booze-Infused: Delightful Pastries + Café
If the doughnut craze hasn’t made you woozy enough, check out European-inspired Delightful Pastries + Café’s new alcohol-infused treats, including a vodka custard doughnut made with Grey Goose, a chocolate whiskey doughnut infused with Jameson or a lemon Moonshine doughnut with shots of Ole Smokey Tennessee Moonshine ($3.25 each). Varieties of boozy cupcakes, cookies and pies are also available, as is a full brunch menu with specialties like quiche, apple pancakes, pierogies and smoothies — just nibble responsibly.
1710 N. Wells, (312) 255-0724; Delightfulpastries.com
All About Eggs: Tippling Hall
Eggs can be made a dozen different ways, which is why Chef Guillermo Tellez lets picky eaters customize theirs at Mercadito Hospitality’s newly opened Tippling Hall. Build your own frittata ($14.50) with bacon, ham or beef; gruyere, cheddar or fontiago cheese; and mushrooms, spinach or roasted peppers. Or build your eggs Benedict ($14.50) with crab, lobster, smoked salmon, pork confit, ham or mushrooms and your choice of house-made classic, Old Bay or Sriracha-spiced hollandaise sauce. For an added kick, order one of the 20-ounce Big Ass Bloody Marys ($11-$14).
646 N. Franklin, (312) 448-9922; Tipplinghall.com
A Side of Entertainment: River Roast
In the style of House of Blues’ long-lived Gospel Brunch, there’s a new act in town: Blues & Brews Brunch at Chefs Tony Mantuano and John Hogan’s meat haven River Roast. Hogan curates the local artist lineup, which this month includes Hot Rod, Quintus McCormick and Mike Wheeler; music plays from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. every weekend. Try the gamey rabbit & waffles ($12), Scotch eggs ($6), smoked trout soft scramble ($14) and hearty roasts carved tableside ($32-$43).
315 N. Lasalle, (312) 822-0100; Riverroastchicago.com
Bold Coffee: Trenchermen
There’s something special brewing at this Wicker Park spot. For its exclusive Roaster Series (available at weekend brunch only), the restaurant partners with a specialty coffee brand each month to provide a taste you’d be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. It was the first to pour California-based Blue Bottle Coffee locally and, in 2015, is expanding to international flavors, such as 4 Letter Word (Turkey) and Espresso Lab Microroasters (South Africa). Plus, Trenchermen’s pastry chefs create a new treat to be paired with each month’s roast ($7 for both).
2039 W. North, (773) 661-1540; Trenchermen.com
Pizza Party: Parlor Pizza Bar
It’s like college all over again: Pizza for breakfast is fully endorsed at this West Loop restaurant — except here, it’s served warm and fresh. Wood-burning ovens cook up specialty brunch pies like the salmon cream cheese with garlic whipped cream cheese, capers, red onion, arugula and baby heirloom tomatoes (above, $14) and the eggs Benedict with Fontina cheese, Canadian ham, garlic, scallions, chives and hollandaise sauce ($12).
108 N. Green, (312) 600-6090; Parlorchicago.com
International House: Mercat a la Planxa
If you’re stuck in a brunch rut, this Spanish spot is your passport to a whole new world. The Catalan-inspired three-course tasting menu ($28) changes weekly — recent offerings have included almond-milk pancakes with kiwi-caramel sauce, chorizo-stuffed peppers and braised pork shoulder Benedict (above) — and always includes a cheese-and-meat selection and Spanish pastries. Pair your meal with a concoction from the expansive Bloody Mary bar .
638 S. Michigan, (312) 765-0524; Mercatchicago.com
Childhood throwback: Parts and Labor
Some things from childhood should always live on — like Saturday and Sunday morning cartoons. That’s the rationale behind Parts and Labor’s new “Bar Tunes” brunch: series like “Bob’s Burgers”, “Family Guy” and “The Simpsons” play on big screens, and a special burger is topped with a fried egg and bacon ($7.50). Wash it down with $5 mimosas and Bellini’s or channel your inner child and sip on a Green River float ($5).
2700 N. Milwaukee, (773) 360-7840; Partsandlaborchicago.com
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