The gloomy fall days that Mother Nature has been serving up lately make staying in bed on weekend mornings seem like a viable prospect. These seven restaurants are providing that much-needed motivation to fight the urge to hibernate with newly launched brunch service. If the hearty fare and ample drinks make you want to take a nap after, well, we won't judge.
800 W. Washington Blvd.
Launched: Late August
Executive chef Yanni Sanchez serves classic Mexican brunch fare such as
huevos rancheros ($9) garnished with thinly sliced black radish and
banana truffle puree, and chilaquiles ($12), made from either red or
green salsa over a pile of crispy tortillas. For something sweet, try
the French toast ($11) made with brioche topped with caramelized apples
and Mexican caramel.
Drinks: The signature Bloody
Maria ($12) is made with bacon-infused tequila and garnished with
olives, lime and bacon, while the Kir Poma ($10) features cava and
pomegranate juice poured over a simple syrup-soaked hibiscus flower.
Brunch time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Reservations accepted.
315 N. LaSalle St.
Launched: Late July
Listen to local blues trios or quartets perform while you dine on
smoked trout with lightly scrambled eggs, toasted pumpernickel bread,
chives and trout roe ($14) or buttermilk waffles topped with rabbit leg
confit cooked in duck fat and then deep-fried ($12).
The bloody mary ($8) is garnished with chicken cracklings, though you
can add a skewer of cheese, house-made charcuterie and olives for an
additional $4. Fans of micheladas will want to try the Chef's Breakfast
($8), pilsner mixed with house-made harissa.
Brunch time: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Reservations accepted.
215 E. Chestnut St.
The Streeterville restaurant serves up brunch-friendly versions of the
skewers that dominate its dinner menu including bacon-wrapped chicken
stuffed with applewood smoked bacon, jalapeno and cream cheese ($13),
half-inch thick cuts of roasted bacon coated in cinnamon and sugar ($8)
and lightly spicy Tasso ham ($11). The sharing-focused offerings also
include novel takes on brunch standards such as tasso ham and asiago
cheese grits ($12) and wild salmon hash made with fingerling potatoes,
cream and shallots.
Drinks: Molecular gastronomy
techniques spice up classic cocktails such as a peach sherbet bellini
topped with mango-lime foam ($8) and the Screwdriver Changeup, which
features a pomegranate ice cube that releases its flavor as it melts
($7). For a quick pick-me-up, try the Mazagran ($8, pictured above) a blend of cognac, cold-pressed coffee and lemon juice.
Brunch time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Reservations accepted
Parts and Labor
2700 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Launched: Oct. 11
Saturday morning cartoons might not air on TV anymore, but they're
alive and well at this Logan Square bar. Watch Fox's "Bob's Burgers" on
two projector screens while digging into a brunch burger ($7.50)
featuring two griddle patties, cheese, two strips of bacon and an egg
Drinks: Order a bloody mary ($7)
with a skewer of giardiniera—the same housemade stuff that's deep-fried
and served as a side during dinner hours.
Brunch time: Noon-4 p.m. Saturday. No reservations.