In a move towards pure, blissful, familial nostalgia, Sunday Suppers are a pretty big thing nowadays around Chicago. Move over, brunch, there's another Sunday meal to care about. Featuring wholesome, prix fixe dinner menus at bargain prices, here are a few new options for Sunday Supping in Chicago.
A10 (1462 E. 53rd St.)
For Sunday Supper with an eclectic, well-traveled European accent, head to A10 on Sunday evenings for their supper specials. Each week, the Hyde Park restaurant serves up an affordable prix fixe meal for just $20 per person. The comfort-oriented menus feature seasonal salads and a meatball and pasta preparation, all washed down with a draft cocktail or craft beer. Drawing inspiration from Italy for said pasta preparations, the meatball and housemade pass duo rotates weekly, with past examples like a chicken and Tuscan kale meatball with basil pesto and spaghetti. Very Lady and the Tramp, if you ask me. The Sunday Supper meals are available after 4:00 p.m. weekly.
Floriole Cafe & Bakery (1220 W. Webster Ave.)
Floriole Cafe & Bakery is just full of inventive surprises. Oft lauded as one of the best bread bakeries in the country, most recently by the likes of Food & Wine I might add, the Lincoln Park cafe also churns out some of the craftiest pastries, desserts, sandwiches, salads and soups. One thing you may not be as privy to, however, is their recurring Sunday Supper series, which runs monthly and occasionally features different guest chefs.
For example, the next one is on March 22, with guest chef Jonathan Zaragoza. The Mexican-tinged menu includes masa dumpling caldo, prawns a la diabla with citrus-cilantro salad, pork belly mole manchamanteles, and tres leeches ice cream cake. I repeat: ice cream cake. The supper costs $40 per person and runs from 6-8 p.m. Be sure and check Floriole's website and Facebook for updates on other dinner menus as well.
Table fifty-two (52 W. Elm St.)
Another spot jumping on the Sunday Supper bandwagon is Table fifty-two, that upscale Gold Coast homage to Southern comfort food. It may say "supper," but the menu is actually available from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., providing ample opportunity to get up close and personal with fried chicken and waffles, breakfast pizza, crab cake eggs Benedict, Southern fried catfish, and other regional rib-sticking delights. This one eschews prix fixe prices for a la carte, so you can pick and choose your Sunday Supper to your heart's content.
Photos: A10, Floriole Cafe & Bakery, Table Fifty Two