There’s really no arguing with me on this; brunch is always the best meal of the day. And during the summertime when brunch can be had out on a patio or at least on a bright and shining morning, there is no better way to spend the weekend in the Windy City! But with all-you-can-eat and drink brunches popping up all over the city, it’s hard to separate the men from the boys of Chicago brunches. Here’s my breakdown of the best spots in town…
Travelle, The Loop
In the Langham Hotel this restaurant caters to the Loop after-work crowd during the week but is perfect for tourists or staycations on the weekends with epic breakfast and brunch menus that include everything from white chocolate apricot french toast bread pudding to lamb hash to a quiche du jour. Personal favorites include any of the wide range of eggs benedict or the fresh-made bakery. There’s even options like petit Nutella pancakes and oatmeal for the kiddies!
Sunda, River North
This sushi spot released a new brunch menu that features a mix of east meets west-style favorites, along with their signature menu of sushi rolls, salads and noodles. The patio is a great spot to enjoy their unique Bloody Mary bar, and be sure to try the Brussels sprout salad no matter what time of day you’re there! There really is something for everyone — even a twist on chicken and waffles! Brunch starts Saturday from 10:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Troquet, River North
Because one brunch is never enough, Troquet is the perfect place to end your weekend, and its unique menu will make it stand out from the crowd! The new brunch menu from this French restaurant in the Felix Hotel ranges from classics like benedicts to French favorites like Croque Madame and even includes a delicious twist on French toast with orange marmalade. Plus, brunch is available starting at 7 a.m., so it’s the perfect spot for you early morning risers out there!
MAX’s Wine Dive, Wicker Park
The newly opened wine bar has a unique Saturday brunch that features a special menu of childhood inspired dishes, a candy mimosa bar and an enormous sundae that will make your wildest kiddie dreams come true. Nostalgic patrons can also play retro games like “Hungry Hungry Hippos” and “Rock’em Sock’em Robots” while they watch classic cartoons including “Scooby Doo”, “Flintstones”, “Looney Tunes” and more. Plus the usual brunch menu, including all the delicious grown up drinks.