March 24, 2015

Chicago's Best Brunch Spots


So one of my favorite things may be brunch! I mean come one, mimosas, bloody mary's and great food, what could be better?! Whether you live in Chicago and looking for a new brunch spot or just visiting and wondering where to go, look no further I have the best brunch spots for you right here!

I | O Urban Roofscape at the Godfrey – If you’re looking for brunch with a view, then this is the place to be! This rooftop spot overlooks the city and the skyline view is gorgeous. The best part is the retractable all glass roof that’s kept open on warm summer days but closes during the cold winter while keeping the view unobstructed. My favorite part of brunch here is their menu is all small bites. The steak benedict and brioche sticks (basically French toast sticks) are my go to choices paired with a mimosa or bloody mary!

Sunda – I have three words for you: Tempura French Toast. The only way to describe this dish is to die for. Seriously. This amazing creation is not the only amazing thing on their menu. Don’t let the fact that this is considered a new Asian menu; make sure to be adventurous when deciding what to order because they know how to do brunch right. Especially with their mimosa kits and bloody mary carts. A must try in my book!  

Summer House Santa Monica – Brunching here is like brunching in sunny Santa Monica without having to pay for a flight to LA! The vibe there is totally California and they even have a countdown to summer hanging on the wall. The roof is glass and lets the sunshine in and even retracts so they open it up on the warmer days to let fresh air in. From their fresh squeezed orange juice and healthier menu options to the classic brunch favorites, their menu doesn’t disappoint!

Wildberry – When it comes to the perfect family place to go to brunch, Wilberry is the place to go. But if you’re going you better make sure you have plenty of time to wait. They don’t take reservations in advance and sometimes the wait can be up to 2 hours long. But I promise you that it is worth the wait!

Zella – All you can drink mimosas, Bloody Mary’s or Mille Lite and Coors Light plus a brunch entrée for $28?! Yes please! This Lincoln Park spot is a favorite of mine, especially in the warmer weather. Their outdoor patio is always packed but if you aren’t there early enough to get a spot outside there are plenty of tables inside to snag as well. The DJ plays great music to listen to while you’re brunchin and the all you can drink deal is well worth it.

Flo – Sweet tooth friends this place is for you! Their fruity pebbles French toast is one of their best dishes but the goodness doesn’t stop there. They have everything a typical brunch menu has to offer and those options also come with fun little twists that your taste buds will thank you for later (like their bacon-chocolate pancakes)!

Kanela Breakfast Club – Probably one of the most instagrammed brunch spots in Chicago, this restaurant uses only organic ingredients from local spots. They use their Greek heritage to influence their menu and the outcome is mouthwateringly delicious. Don’t believe me, just check out their instagram and tell me that your mouth doesn’t water just by looking at the pictures of their food! They have 3 locations open right now and are about to open a 4th in the near future.

Over Easy – This place puts a nice little twist on brunch. Their menu for Sunday Brunch changes weekly and they offer complimentary coffee while you wait for a table! On top of their Sunday brunch menu they also offer their regular breakfast menu like their Sassy eggs. If you like spice the sassy eggs are must try for you! Eggs benedict, one of my favorite classic brunch entrees, is only offered on Sundays so be sure to check out their brunch menu to see what kind of benedict is being offered that week. I love that they a constantly changing their brunch menu because it offers variety to change up your typical order while still enjoying great food.

Meli Café – Here they make their own freshly baked Challah bread, and I promise you there is nothing like tbeir freshly made Challah French toast no matter how you order it! Also, their nutella crepes are delish! Their menu options are huge so you will have no issue finding something to order from their menu!

Orange Restaurant – Pancake flights. Need I say more? Every week their chef picks a theme and offers four stacks of different pancakes that match that theme. You won’t know what the pancake flight of the week will be until it’s posted on Saturday morning with their special of the week! They also offer other amazing and delicious options on their menu but I definitely recommend being daring and trying out their pancake flight of the week for a switch up in your normal brunch go-to!

Enjoy your brunches!
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