Foodie Friday: Brunch-ing Through Chicago

February 13, 2015

Brunch in Chicago After waking up from a glorious sleep, the time has come to decide what to eat for breakfast. That is until you look at the clock and realize it is almost time for lunch. The gap between breakfast and lunch can only mean one thing: brunch. Brunch is arguably one of the best meals of the day, combining everything loved about breakfast with the hardy food choices everyone enjoys from lunch. Today’s first Foodie Friday edition discusses some of the best places to find brunch in the Windy City.

Located in Evanston, Farmhouse Evanston offers a fantastic brunch experience. This restaurant brings local ingredients to create almost everything from scratch. Enjoy treats such as flaky biscuits with butter or Brioche Farm Toast with apple pecan chutney and Wisconsin maple syrup. This menu has a little bit of everything to meet your brunch needs, including beer-battered Wisconsin cheese curds, eggs Benedict and a delicious chicken salad sandwich. On the side, you must try the spicy breakfast potatoes, breakfast sausages, Nueske’s ham steak and of course, the bacon. Just north of the city, residents living in Chicago can take the Red Line transit to UP-N and get off at Evanston Davis Street.

If you are in the mood for a classic cinnamon bun, then you must try Gathers located off of Lincoln Avenue. People come from all over the city to try Carter’s Sticky Buns, served in a bubbling cast-iron skillet. This soft, buttery treat is topped with caramel that will make you lick your fingers. Other favorites include the flapjacks with seasonal jam, maple syrup and whipped butter and the chicken fried biscuit with a southern fried chicken leg, cheddar biscuit, cheesy béchamel and home fries. Residents who live near the Central Loop can take the Red Line transit to Belmont to take the Brown Line. Then, get off at Western Brown and Gathers is a short walk away!

With a menu that has remained the same for three years, locals at Lincoln Park love visiting Kingsbury Street Cafe for brunch. When dining at this local favorite, must-orders include the light and spongy whole wheat carrot pancakes, or the Piggy Moo Club sandwich which includes bacon, ham, cheddar and an over-easy egg on ciabatta bread and crispy hash browns. At Kingsbury Street Cafe, you can create your own omelet with ingredients such as spinach, asparagus, mushrooms, feta cheese, grilled chicken and more. Other delectable items you must try include lemon pancakes with fresh blueberries, crème anglaise and lemon sauce, a shrimp egg white frittata with jumbo shrimp, roasted tomato, spinach and goat cheese and a weekend-stuffed French toast. Residents who live north or south of the city will want to take I-90 to North Avenue via exit 48B. Turn right onto W. North Avenue and then right on North Kingsbury Street. If you live on the west side of Chicago, take I-290 to the I-90 west exit.

For an upscale brunch option, Table Fifty-Two is the perfect restaurant to go to for a special occasion. This southern spot located at West Elm Street serves wonderful brunch items including fried chicken waffles, a breakfast pizza with gravy, bacon, cheddar, fried egg and chives, pork belly with red currant-onion marmalade pecan granola and scallion soubise and delicious cheese grits with sausage, fried eggs and pickled peppers. This is the perfect place for a Valentine’s Day date, so be sure to make a reservation today! Table-Fifty-Two is a short ride on the Red Line for residents who live in central Chicago. Take the Red Line the Division and Clark exit.

Do you have a favorite restaurant you like to visit in Chicago for brunch? Let us know in a COMMENT below!

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