I mean, who doesn’t love brunch. It’s breakfast combined with lunch, best two meals ever! Add a little rosé to the mix and you’re bound to turn a simple eating affair into a full day activity. Enter the infamous boozy brunch. Oh, how I love thee. But, we already know all of these things. What you might NOT know are the best brunch hotspots in Chitown. Well, luckily, I’m here to appease your hankering for the best mimosa, bloody Mary and Crepes pressed with Gruyere, imported ham and a sunny side up egg..ok, I got ahead of myself.
1. Troquet is located on the ground floor of the Hotel Felix at the corner of Clark & Huron and serves brunch every Saturday & Sunday from 10am-3pm.
The menu, created by Chef Tim Davidson, features a variety of traditional French-inspired breakfast & brunch items.
Menu favorites include:
Benedict 111: Imported ham, Béarnaise, poached eggs, English muffin
Galette Complete Crepes:Gruyere, imported ham, sunny side up eggs
Salmon Hash: Salmon rillette, pickled red onions, two eggs any style
Pain Perdu: Brioche, bananas, rum caramel
Croughnut Chef’s selection
Croissant et Oeuf Sandwich: Gruyere, Dijon aioli, arugula, tomato, scrambled eggs with choice of imported ham, pork sausage, bacon or mushrooms
Pictured below: Croissant et Oeuf Sandwich
Seasonal favorites for brunch include:
Watermelon Mojito: rum, watermelon juice, mint simple syrup, fresh mint and lime
Grapefruit Presse vodka: fresh lemon, chamomile, grapefruit juice, soda
House Infused Bourbon: mango, papaya, lemon and orange infused with sweet tea and papaya puree
House Infused Vodka: ginger, lime and strawberry infused with strawberry puree and ginger beer
Pictured below: Watermelon Mojito
2. Headquarters Beercade Sack Lunch for Brunch
Headquarters Beercade in River North (213 W. Institute Place) is taking it back to the good old days where lunch was balanced, simple yet delicious, and portable with their Sack Lunch served in a brown paper bag which available Saturday and Sunday from noon – 5:00 p.m. for the perfect brunch, lunch or grab and go meal!
The adult Sack Lunch, which guests order from a classic scantron, includes a sandwich, side, shot and a beer, making for a balanced brunch!
Sandwich options include: BBQ Chicken, Bahn Mi, Roast Beef and classic Grilled Cheese. Guests can choose chips, jalapeño potato salad, or an apple as their side.
Known for their unique craft cocktails as well as rotating craft beer list!
Guests can choose from 4 different shots!
PB&J shot which is reminescent of the childhood favorite lunch staple, simple yet delicious Apple Cinnamon Jamo shot which is an easy-to-drink shot for the Jameson lover, Mint Julep and Old Fashioned shot.
Beers offered with the Sack Lunch include Anti-Hero (IPA), White Rascal (Wheat), Magic Apple (Cider), Sixpoint Crisp (Pilsner) and Sidekick (Pale Ale).
3. Authentic Spanish Brunch at Black Bull
Black Bull’s brunch offers a unique take on the traditional brunch fare by utilizing the flavors of Executive Chef Marcos Campos’ home country of Spain to create an menu filled with authentic Spanish dishes.
Every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., brunch features a $25 3 course menu with items that can also be ordered a la carte including housemade pastries, Torrijas (Spanish French Toast), Hamburguesa Ibérica, Huevos Rotos, Churros con Chocolate, and more!
Black Bull Three Course Brunch Menu ($25 per person):
Your Choice of any Brunch Cocktail*, Sangria, Beer, Sidra on Draft, or Gin*Tonic
Boston Club Punch: Cognac, Jamaican Rum, Grand Marnier, Raspberry, Orange Oleo, Lemon, Sparkling Wine
King Frederick Punch: Tequila, Sloe Gin, Sherry-Herb Shrub, Lemon Oleo, Lemon, Sparkling Water
Pictured below: Grilled vegetables with a poached egg.
Pictured below: Hamburguesa Iberica and a Spanish bloody Mary
4. Kanela Breakfast Club
Locations: Kanela Breakfast club, located in lakeview, oldtown and wicker park.
Recently a revamped breakfast, brunch and lunch menu is out for the spring and summer! Highlights include my favorite Chicken and Waffles or the bisquits and gravy! If you have a sweet tooth; Nutella S’mores waffle, Monte Cristo and the Lemon Blueberry pancakes are the biggest rave!
Sample of New Menu:
Chicken and Waffles: Buttermilk fried chicken, sunny side up eggs, Sriracha honey sauce
Biscuits and Gravy: Southern style house pork sausage, sage gravy, sunny side eggs