Whether you’re sporting flannel pajamas or dressed to the nines, you’ll find Chi-town brunch restaurants to fit your every mood. To pick out the best brunch spots among Chicago’s rich culinary scene, Menuism asked Chicago food bloggers to weigh in with their top brunch recommendations. Today’s post features the expertise of Bunny and Brandy of Bunny and Brandy’s Brunchtime Blog, and Amanda Topper of The Ghost Guest. Continue reading to find out which restaurants have the best brunch!
“From the casual Edwardian atmosphere to the un-obnoxiously informed hipster servers and bartenders, this is the only place to go for a delicious traditional English breakfast. There are creative morning cocktails in addition to the mimosas and bloody marys, but there is also the beers ‘on engine’ that are hand-pumped from the cellar to be slightly cold and less carbonated than regular drafts. The food is farm-to-table and made from scratch whenever possible, like their variety of seasonal scones, served with clotted cream and jam, their artisan quiches, and of course the full English breakfast, complete with baked beans served in a ‘can.’” –Bunny and Brandy
“A meal at Owen & Engine is a journey to the local English pub you never knew you missed. From the cozy dark wood interior, to the impeccable French press coffee service, brunch here is a special treat. They offer an assortment of pub fare including beef hash, a traditional English breakfast and homemade scones (which are to-die-for!). The menu is ever-changing, ensuring a different array of options on each visit!” –Amanda Topper
“There is no place like home, but if you can’t go home for breakfast, go to Nana. This Bridgeport favorite is owned and operated by the adorable Solis brothers and their mom (the restaurant’s namesake) and is so homey that they encourage patrons to show up in the pj’s for brunch service! Nana specializes in local, organic food that feeds not just the body but the soul. Their amazingly savory take on Chicken and Waffles, made with an herbed waffle, battered chicken breast, and a pork sausage gravy, will make you glad you got out of bed, even if you didn’t bother to change out of your flannel nightgown.” –Bunny and Brandy
“Hearty puts a modern twist on old-school comfort foods which are always even more delicious than their descriptions. Comfort food classics such as shrimp and grits and chicken and waffles are perfectly prepared without being too overwhelming. The Hearty boys successfully sneak in nostalgic items on their menu such as the pot roast omelette and shepherd’s pie scramble. The housemade biscuits are a must-try and the seasonal quiche is always fresh and flaky.” –Amanda Topper
“You’ve heard of “dinner and a show,” but why not brunch and a show? Weekends at Kit Kat Lounge feature the amazing and beautiful Madam X, who sings to patrons live as they feast on dishes like Rice Krispie-coated French toast and steak with truffle fries. The prices are amazing as well, allowing you to eat à la carte, or choose from the prix fixe options that include unlimited mimosas, bloody marys, or sangria. On Sundays, all of their specialty martinis are half off! To top it all off, most weekends feature a theme to the songs, drink, and food specials, such as Rocky Horror for Halloween, Christmas carols in December, or celebrating the greatest holiday of them all, Cher’s birthday.” –Bunny and Brandy
Marisa Miyasaki loves to mix and match different cuisines and believes Korean Tacos are just about the coolest thing ever invented. She is a devout foodhist and has a borderline-crazy obsession with taking pictures of nearly everything she eats. As Menuism's Community Manager, Marisa hopes to share her passion for food with the world- one hungry foodie at a time.