Brunch isn’t just for Sundays. Not anymore. One should not limit themselves to one day a week when it comes to bottomless mimosas and Belgium waffles. Head to one of these top restaurants around town and you’ll get two chances to dig into fancy pancakes and eggs benedict.
Mindy’s Hot Chocolate (1747 N. Damen Ave.)
The Bucktown favorite has, as you’d expect, great hot chocolate and sweet items, like warm doughnuts and blueberry pancakes. Also, peep the picture above. But the savory menu, with smoked gouda strata, salmon bagel sandwiches, and vegetable hash, is worth exploring as well.
The Publican (837 W. Fulton Market)
The West Loop restaurant focuses on pork, beer, and oysters, and the Saturday brunch menu is no exception. You can order beer cocktails, platters of oysters, and meaty dishes like blood sausage, brisket, and maple ham. Plus you’ll find some of the same dinnertime favorites, like the addictive spicy pork rinds.
Nightwood (2119 S. Halsted St.)
Nightwood chef Jason Vincent changes the menu each week, but you’ll always find thoughtful dishes like scrambled eggs with cured salmon, a pulled pork and baked bean burrito, and cherry pistachio scones, ideal for noshing while lingering on the patio.
Frontera Grill (445 N. Clark St.)
Rick Bayless’ Mexican restaurant changes seasonally and includes dishes like enchiladas and eggs, chilaquiles, and grilled chive guacamole. Add in a fruity tequila cocktail, and brunch just became a celebration.
Longman & Eagle (2657 N. Kedzie Ave.)
The comfortable restaurant is best known for its PBR breakfast: two eggs, bacon or housemade sausage, and a can of PBR. If cheap beer at brunch isn’t your thing, try brioche French toast with foie gras frosting and pistachio custard or fried chicken and waffles.
The Bristol (2152 N. Damen Ave.)
And in case you overdid it last night, head to Bucktown's The Bristol for the hangover breakfast, a bowl of noodles, pork broth, shrimp cake, and beef tongue that will squash even the worst headache. Plus there’s coffee cake, whole-wheat pancakes, and doughnuts made to order.
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