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Updated 8:26 am, January 5, 2016
By Samantha Nelson
For RedEye

Entertaining out-of-towners and want to show off one of the city's best spots? Need a good place to swap holiday horror stories over cocktails? Or maybe you just want to treat yourself before you spend the day shopping for gifts. Whatever you're looking for, one of these 11 restaurants now serving brunch is sure to deliver by dishing out a mix of classic comfort food and innovative fare paired with the bloody marys and mimosas.

Haywood Tavern
2759 W. Augusta Blvd.
773-661-1084
Dishes: The Humboldt Park hangout serves hangover-friendly dishes like two eggs simmered in a spicy tomato and roasted red pepper sauce served in a cast-iron skillet with onion, spinach and baguette slices ($9), and smoked pork hash with meat that’s cooked in-house for 12 hours along with crispy red potatoes, savoy cabbage, chili flakes and a sunny-side up egg ($11).
Drinks: Sip the hair of the dog in the form of the Saint Peter, a blend of pisco, rum, vermouth and grapefruit juice ($10) or a bloody mary with a housemade mix garnished with olive and cornichon ($8). Add a PBR beer back to your bloody for $1.
Brunch times: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. No reservations.

Balena
1633 N. Halsted St.
312-867-3888
Dishes: The Lincoln Park Italian restaurant's smoked salmon pizza ($18) features creme fraiche, capers and a crust with the same seasonings as an everything bagel. Another favorite is a hash made with cubed and crisped polenta tossed with pork ragu and served with a sunny-side up egg on top ($12).
Drinks: Try the housemade plum-rosemary soda straight ($3.75) or spiked with a spirit of your choice ($11). Or go for a classic bloody mary made with fresh horseradish, celery and chili flakes ($10).
Brunch times: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. Reservations accepted.

Pomp & Circumstance
1400 N. Wells St.
312-951-7667

Dishes: The Old Town spot lets you go sweet with buttery brioche dipped in vanilla custard, crisped and topped with seasonal fruit compote and whipped cream ($10), or savory with pork belly hash served with breakfast potatoes, onions and eggs ($12).
Drinks: The Pink Lady ($13) is the spot's most popular sipper with vodka or gin mixed with applejack, lemon juice, grenadine and an egg white float.
Brunch times: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Reservations accepted.

Bar Siena
832 W. Randolph St.
312-492-7775
Dishes: Brunch standards get an Italian twist at the West Loop spot, which replaces ham with prosciutto on its croque madame ($14) served on sourdough bread with fontina and fried egg. To satisfy a sweet tooth, go for the puff pancake ($12) with lemon-whipped ricotta, blueberries and maple syrup.
Drinks: The bloody mary is made with a house mix, rimmed with sea salt and garnished with celery, candied bacon and an Italian cheese curd ($10). There's also a menu of unique cold-pressed juices like the Arancio, a blend of carrot, ginger, fennel and white peach ($8).
Brunch times: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Reservations accepted.

Bernie's Lunch & Supper
660 N. Orleans St.
312-624-9892

Dishes: The River North spot puts novel spins on classic fare such as a version of yogurt and granola plated with warm quinoa, streusel, toasted almonds, honey and raspberries ($8), and a fried egg sandwich made with bacon, avocado, parmesan cheese and hot sauce served on ciabatta ($14).
Drinks: A boozy twist on vegetable juices, the Always Greener ($13) features cilantro-infused grappa and aloe liqueur topped with a scoop of avocado-lime sorbet and champagne. If you prefer your veggies in solid form, opt for the Sunny Side Up ($13), a vodka-based cocktail featuring lemon, sugar and grapefruit bitters topped with egg white and orange zest.
Brunch times: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Reservations accepted.

Osteria La Madia
59 W. Grand Ave.
312-329-0400

Dishes: Start your meal with complementary bombolinos from sibling spot Firecakes Donuts, then dig into a slice of fried egg bruschetta served on grilled ciabatta with garlic spinach, bacon, aioli, sausage and fontina ($12) or the shaved fingerling potato and egg yolk breakfast pizza ($13).
Drinks: Order a bottle of bubbly ($20-$68) and you'll get peach and apricot puree plus a variety of juices to build your own bellinis and mimosas.
Brunch times: 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sunday. Reservations accepted.

C Chicago
20 W. Kinzie St.
312-280-8882
Dishes: The caviar and champagne brunch ($18) at the posh River North restaurant brings the luxury of a tasting menu to your morning. The meal starts with champagne and a shot glass of pureed melon and lemon verbena juice as a palate cleanser, followed by an eggshell filled with caviar and champagne foam served with a caviar blini on the side. Pick an entree from selections including lemon ricotta pancakes with blueberry maple syrup and avocado toast with peach jam and pepitas. A plate of petit fours infused with fruit essences finishes the meal.
Drinks: The menu offers a wide variety of bubbly perfect for sharing including moscato ($10, $50 for a bottle), cava ($13, $65 bottle) and brut rose ($17, $85 bottle).
Brunch times: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Reservations accepted.

De Quay
2470 N. Lincoln Ave.
872-206-8820
Dishes: A brunch version of the nasi goreng from the Lincoln Park Dutch-Indonesian restaurant's dinner menu mixes braised pork belly and duck cracklings with spicy fried rice, which is topped with two fried eggs ($13). On the sweet side is French toast crusted with seroendeng, a crunchy mix of spiced peanut and coconut, and topped with diced pineapple and a thick sauce made from slow-cooked coconut milk, egg yolk and condensed milk ($11).
Drinks: The Van Peer uses pear juice, allspice liqueur and dry prosecco garnished with a cube of kefir lime-poached pear ($9). You can also try a bloody mary spiced with Sambal Oelek chili paste with cornichon, a blue cheese-stuffed olive and a cube of baked ham on the side.
Brunch times: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. Reservations accepted.

Headquarters Beercade
213 W. Institute Place
312-291-8735

Dishes: Carnivores will delight in the River North bar's options including the taco on pita with braised pork shoulder, shaved Cotija cheese, housemade pico de gallo and fried potatoes served in a pita ($8), or the Turf War ($16), a grass-fed beef burger topped with fried chicken thigh, pickled jalapenos, jalapeno aioli, pickles, napa cabbage slaw, bacon, Swiss cheese and housemade dijonnaise.
Drinks: You'll find a variety of bloody marys such as the Buffalo Bill with buffalo sauce-spiked mix and a chicken wing garnish, and the Chicago Al, which is blended with au jus and comes with a mini-Italian beef sandwich (both $12-$16 depending on how much "garnish" you want).
Brunch times: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. No reservations.

Dolce
127 W. Huron St.
312-754-0700

Dishes: The River North spot's signature benedict puts poached eggs, porchetta, spinach and hollandaise atop ciabatta bread ($19), while the brunch pizza is topped with sausage gravy, poached egg and paprika ($15).
Drinks: For a particularly boozy brunch, opt for bottomless bellinis, mimosas or bloody marys for $19. You're free to switch between the three drinks during your meal.
Brunch times: 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Reservations accepted.

Beatrix
671 N. St. Clair St.
312-642-0001
Dishes: The restaurant's new Streeterville location offers the same menu as the River North original with choices like the pepper and egg white sandwich made with a blend of shishito and jalapeno peppers, pepperjack cheese, kale and spinach ($7.95) and quinoa cakes with poached eggs topped with tomato-basil sauce ($12.95).
Drinks: Hit the refresh button with the Blue Boost, a blend of blueberry juice, white grape juice and basil ($6.50) or get some caffeine with a kick with the Nitro Brut, nitro cold brew coffee with Gran Marnier and champagne ($9.95).
Brunch times: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Reservations accepted.