It’s time for Round 2 of my new “Favorites” series here on LSL! I was SO thrilled that all of you liked My Favorite Healthy Spots in Chicago, but I’m even more excited about the fact that you think this whole series is a fun idea! I got so many suggestions for different topics to cover and I’m honestly having so much fun putting my lists together. So, thank you for that ?
This month, I’m talking about brunch. Ah, brunch. How I love thee! I KNOW I’m not the only one in Chicago who feels this way – whether it’s an easy spot that I can go to completely on a whim, or somewhere that makes planning ahead easy. I don’t know about you, but my girlfriends and I sometimes need to plan get together’s WEEKS in advance, because our lives are so busy and our schedules don’t line up. We’ve started to love making a reservation, marking our calendar and then counting down the days! But of course, I also love saying “Let’s go get a biscuit” on a random morning, so… let’s just dive in, shall we?!
The Best Chicago Brunches
This is my favorite weekend spot right now. It’s not your traditional brunch experience, but it’s perfect exactly as it is. You usually have to wait in line outside the cute little shop for a bit, but then you get inside and breathe in the smell of biscuits and pie and all is forgiven. I almost always order an Avocado Biscuit with an Iced Coffee (on tap!) and a splash of almond milk. I then grab a seat on their patio, soak up the sunny morning, pet a few dogs that are there (always), and then… the biscuit arrives. You guys. They make the best biscuit I’ve ever had on it’s own, but then they smother avocado ALL OVER IT. It’s pretty much my version of lazy Saturday morning heaven. Ps. if it’s not nice out, get it to go and bring it home to binge watch the latest Netflix show. The best.
I’ll admit, the decor of this place is what initially sucked me in – but I kept going back because off their Breakfast Tostadas. I’ve tried a few other things there, but nothing beats those tostadas! Crunchy and a little spicy and a yolk that spills everywhere? Yes, please.
This brunch was kind of a surprise to me! Their dinner is pretty good, their pizzas are great, but their brunch is EXCELLENT. I went with a group of girlfriends for a birthday and we split their Smoked Salmon Pizza as an “appetizer” (always a good idea), and then I had the Classico breakfast, which was delicious. Also, if you go with a group, you can get a “Build Your Own Mimosa” setup with a bottle of Prosecco and different juices. Brunch dreams, right?!
4. Bongo Room
This is where you go when you want to be BAD ? It’s true! Their menu even describes their food as “sinful“! We’re talking White Chocolate Pretzel Pancakes and Red Velvet Pancakes and Egg Benedicts and all of the most decadent breakfast foods you can think of. There’s usually a wait, but if you’re in the mood to eat something unhealthy and worth it – this is your move. Trust me.
I know this was on my list of Favorite Healthy Spots too – but it’s just so good! All of their coffee drinks are awesome, but I especially love their matcha (both hot and cold) because it’s not too sweet! They also have fresh juices and breakfast cocktails, depending on your mood. I’ve had a lot on this menu, and I’m not sorry about it! Pepper and Egg White Sandwich, Spicy Chicken Tinga, Green Chili Enchiladas, Quinoa Cakes with Poached Eggs, and Cauliflower Grits and Eggs. ALL of those have been great and I’d order them again. How many other restaurants have that many options to love and not feel awful about after eating it?! ? That being said, if you get the quinoa cakes and feel like you deserve a treat after, their cookies and muffins are also insane. Can you tell I love this place?!
I actually haven’t been here in a while, but their Spicy Feta Omelette used to be my go-to brunch. Swooooon, it’s so good!
This was my first brunch love in Chicago. They have two locations, but their Lincoln Park restaurant is small and cozy and absolutely adorable. There’s nothing super fancy about their food – just a simple and delicious breakfast at a cute neighborhood spot.
I know this is a bit of an unconventional choice… you want me to go to brunch at a Farmer’s Market?! Umm yes, I do! Get the breakfast pizza and some tamales, find a spot on the grass with a view, and what more could you need?! You’ll thank me after your first bite of the breakfast pizza ?
This is probably the most inventive brunch I’ve ever had in Chicago. When I went, I got the Chile Rellenos with a fried egg on top – never done that before! While it doesn’t look like it’s on the menu anymore, I’ve heard that everything else is just as awesome. If you like southern/mexican food, you gotta try it.
This place is mostly known for it’s cocktails, but last year I went for brunch with some of my girlfriends. I’m so glad we did, because it definitely wasn’t on my radar for that at all! I personally think this is the best brunch spot for an out of town group. You get the gorgeous view of Millennium Park, it’s the perfect spot for a photo op, and you can order family style! I’m pretty sure we shared French Toast, Biscuits, Chilaquiles, and Quiche – and it was super fun to get bites of different flavors, instead of devouring a meal on your own! Definitely consider if you’ve got a big group coming into town.
Other notable spots:
Three Arts Cafe in Restoration Hardware (would be next on this list – get the scrambled eggs!), The Dawson (sit on the patio), Eden, WHISK, Lula Cafe (only been once – must go back), Little Goat, True Food Kitchen (only been for lunch/dinner).
Did I miss any of your favorites?! Which ones do I need to try next!