By Samantha Nelson
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
2759 W. Augusta Blvd.
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
Brunch times: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. No reservations.
1633 N. Halsted St.
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.
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).
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.
832 W. Randolph St.
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
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.
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).
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
Brunch times: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Reservations accepted.
Osteria La Madia
59 W. Grand Ave.
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
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.
20 W. Kinzie St.
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.
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.
2470 N. Lincoln Ave.
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.
213 W. Institute Place
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.
127 W. Huron St.
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).
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.
671 N. St. Clair St.
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).
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
Brunch times: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Reservations accepted.