August 18, 2015 meghan keyes

FOODIE FEATURE: Can’t Miss Chicago Brunches

DSC_0442Today’s post is an Idea Kitchen exclusive feature from Kit Graham, the author of the food blog The Kittchen, and a co-founder of the Windy City Blogger Collective. Originally from Maine, Kit has spent the last 7 years in Chicago exploring the constantly evolving culinary scene. Be sure to follow her on  Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram!

Sunday brunch might just be the best meal of the week. Fortunately, Chicago’s brunch scene is full of restaurants with killer brunch menus. Here are a few of my favorite spots:

Cochon Volant (pictured above) is the new kid on the block, having just opened this year. Located in the Loop, they offer a French bistro inspired menu that has a big mix of sweet and savory dishes, and one amazing burger.
Hash House A Go Go Chicken and Waffles

Hash House a Go Go

Hash House A Go Go is the place to go if you are really hungry. The portions at this Gold Coast eatery are gigantic, and the chicken and waffles are not to be missed.

Bohemian House in River North has a unique brunch menu influenced by Eastern European cuisine. You will find dishes like Smoked Beef Tongue Hash, Pork Schnitzel Sandwiches, and Bavarian Pancakes on the menu.
Southport Grocery is worth the typical 30-60 minute wait for a table on a weekend. The small restaurant/grocer on Lakeview’s Southport Corridor is known for fluffy omelets, and bread pudding pancakes.
Frontier has a meat centric menu with a Southern twist. The West Loop restaurant has items like Lamb Biscuits and Gravy, Fried Duck with Sweet Potato Waffles, and Ostrich Juicy Lucys. This is definitely the place to go if you are brunching with men.
The Allis Mean Sandwich

The Allis at Soho House

The Allis at the Soho House in the West Loop is one of the city’s most elegant spaces with gigantic chandeliers and plush seating, and their breakfast menu sticks to simple well executed classics like egg sandwiches and pastries.

Summer House Santa Monica in Lincoln Park is so airy and sunny that it feels like summer inside, even when it is -20 outside. The California inspired menu has egg white omelets and breakfast tostadas along with more hearty items like short rib hash. Make sure you save room for one of their signature giant cookies.
Old Town Social Croque Madame and BLT Benedict

Old Town Social

Old Town Social in Old Town has an even split of breakfast and lunch items on the brunch menu. The restaurant is large enough that there is rarely a wait for brunch and their constantly changing benedicts and the classic Croque Madame are personal favorites.

Siena Tavern has brunch with an Italian twist. Located in River North, it can be nearly impossible to score a dinner restaurant at the Fabio Viviani restaurant, while brunch reservations are easy to obtain, and the brunch menu includes Fabio’s most popular pastas. You can start with the caramel hazelnut monkey bread and end with truffle gnocchi.
Kanela Breakfast Club has four locations in Chicago and their classic brunch menu is a favorite among locals. Only open for breakfast and lunch, the big menu has very brunch classic from Biscuits and Gravy, to Benedicts, and a Monte Cristo.