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Best Brunch in Chicago

29 Oct

Where can I get a good Chicago breakfast?  We get that question a lot.  We’ve compiled our favorite responses for seeking out the tastiest brunch creations.

*Bite Café.

2 words: Pork hash (pulled pork shank, brussels, potato, butternut squash, sage with two eggs and spicy hollandaise, served on toast).  Bite Café will “wow” you with their excellent brunch options, try their take on “breakfast poutine” (french fries, bacon or mushroom gravy, cheese curds, poached eggs, pickled chiles), and they also impress with their vegetarian options like Korean-style ”Bi Bim Bop” with braised tofu.  This terrific place is next store to the infamous Empty Bottle, a small music venue which proves to be one of the best live music hubs in all of Chicago.  1039 N Western Ave.

*The Publican.

See what all the fuss is about, The Publican makes all the top brunch lists for Chicago.  Their innovative approach heralds delicious items like Red Wine Poached Eggs, and their Pub Griddle (buckwheat pancakes, tobacco pork belly, fried egg, cheese and chili jam).  Also, try their Publican Mimosa which mixes a Belgian Blonde Ale with fresh orange juice.  In addition, they have a vast seafood menu for dinner that serves things from grilled yellowtail to oysters at 837 W Fulton Market.


Blueberry Blisscakes? Dulce Banana Rumba French Toast? M.Henry dazzles and delights with their sweet or savory breakfast items.  You can’t go wrong with Fannie’s Killer Fried Egg Sandwich (toasted sour boule layered w/ two over-medium eggs, applewood bacon, sliced plum tomatoes, gorgonzola, & fresh thyme and served with house potatoes). Weekends are known to generate very long lines so this is a perfect spot for a weekday breakfast excursion at 5707 N. Clark St.


Nightwood is another notorious establishment for all around dining (breakfast, lunch, and dinner).  However, we’ve heard so much buzz about their doughnuts, we became obsessed with the options: Bacon Butterscotch or Vanilla Pudding!  No sweet tooth?  Try their Rolled Omelet (caramelized romanesco, goat cheese, chives, and pine nuts) for a taste that create a Chicago memory on its own at 2119 S. Halsted.

*Café Sel Marie.

Nestled in the heart of Lincoln Square, Café Sel Marie proves to be a great café, bakery, and brunch spot.  Their Quiche of the Day is a safe bet that boasts their baking skills, and their croissant sandwich is as tasty as breakfast sandwiches come, for Sunday brunch they feature Duck Confit (caramelized leaks, shiitake mushrooms, duck, poached eggs, hollandaise over polenta, with sautéed potatoes and fresh fruit) check out this spot in the Square and all the interesting shops around it at 4729 N. Lincoln Ave.


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