Sep 08 2017

Friday Finds – 7 Brunch Spots in Chicago

Dang, it is cold in Chicago. I can’t recall ever saying that before in my life in September in this city. Hopefully we will get a few more warm days before fall kicks in. We have put together a few of our favorite brunch spots to visit in Chicago before it gets too cold to eat outside!

1.     Knife and Tine

I found this place across from a friend’s apartment by chance and it was delicious! They have fresh and modern décor, and their menu is constantly changing! My husband’s favorite were the cinnamon roll pancakes, but for a sweet treat it looks like they have switched them out for lemon coconut french toast and bananas foster pancakes. As I am writing this, I am in more of a savory mood. I would order the steak and egg burrito which includes chimichurri, breakfast tots, horseradish crema, chihuahua cheese, and scrambled eggs. Tots in a burrito?! Sign me up! Napoleon Dynamite would approve.

 2.     Café Ba-Ba-Reeba!

Tapas style brunch that will blow your mind. Their bacon wrapped dates are to die for and are a must. The Bloody Mary bar, Rioja short rib sliders, and Ib érco ham hash are all top notch. Come here for a fun and funky time with friends. 

 3.   Cochon Volant Brasserie

This amazing breakfast place was such a find! I was staying at the Hyatt Centric in The Loop with Joe for a staycation and we went to get breakfast in the lobby before we headed out to have some fun on the town. It is one of those places where every time you eat something new, it is the best thing you’ve ever had. We just are in love with this place and always recommend it to people when they come to town.

 4.     Carnivale

Brunch at this lively joint starts at 10:30 every Sunday. Carnivale’s motto is “live a colorful life” and boy, do they stay true to it! The building and décor itself is a visual feast for the eyes, but the smorgasbord of South American foods fused with local favorites is what makes the restaurant goers mouth water. My favorite item to order is the ropa vieja. At any item time during the day, you can see these mini tacos on almost every single table. Braised veal cheek, sweet plaintains, malanga, aji amarillo aioli, and queso fresco. Try it. It is without a doubt, one of the best things you will ever eat.

 5.     Batter and Berries

This place is always crowded, but it’s worth the wait! All you need to do is put in your phone number, and then stroll around the area and stop by some shops until your table is ready. Once inside, you will have a million options to choose from. A wonderful way to try multiple things at once, is to order the French toast flight. Flight. What! Yes. The flight’s current flavors are blueberry, strawberry, lemon, and caramel and butter cookie. With creative benedicts and omelets, there is sure to be something for every person in your party.

 6.     Kanela Breakfast Club

Kanela has six locations so that all Chicagoans can enjoy their food!They do Greek infused with American foods and they are all about those fresh, organic flavors. Kanela means cinnamon in Greek and you will find that spice featured in their dishes. The goat cheese omelet with sun-dried tomato is in-cred-i-ble. Whether you’re going savory or sweet, start out with the monkey bread and loukoumades (Greek doughnuts!). You can’t go wrong here.

 

7.     WHISK

I went out to dinner with some friends a few weekends ago and they suggested we go to WHISK. What a fun place! This place is definitely different…its décor is entirely themed on Ron Swanson from Parks and Recreation. Not gonna lie, I was a little lost at first when I went in because I had never seen the show. Why does Ron look so serious? What is it about him that everyone seems so drawn to? (His mustache, perhaps?) And he seems obsessed with bacon. (This is something I did not question. If anything, it gave more validity to this theme.) But all it took was one bite to be completely hooked on the food. I ordered the chicken and waffles “churro style”. YUM. It was something that had never crossed my mind that I needed, and now I am here to tell you that you need it. Yes, YOU!

So go get your eat on and let me know what you think of these places!

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