My Top 3 Brunch Destinations In Chicago
Brunch is very much a personal affair. Some people prefer pancakes, others want eggs. Some people won’t get up from the table without eating bacon, while others have more affinity for toast and fruit. And some of us have different preferences depending on the day and on the mood. I would definitely put myself in this latter category.
Fortunately, there is no dearth of brunch restaurants in Chicago at which any of these preferences can be admirably fulfilled. One only needs to do a brunch search on the YP Mobile App to realize that the possibilities are truly endless; from Hyde Park to Rogers Park, Austin to the Gold Coast, there are enough high-quality brunch spots to satiate someone for a lifetime.
So considering my diverse brunch interests and the multitudes of quality spots across Chicago, it’s difficult for me to come up with a definitive “top 3.” I haven’t been everywhere, after all, and my list could easily change from week to week, from experience to experience. That being said, I have given the issue much thought and have arrived at three restaurants that, in my estimation, stand out above the rest. They are:
-Birchwood Kitchen. Located in Wicker Park, Birchwood Kitchen excels in every general restaurant category: it offers a good location, a welcoming ambiance, a dependable service, and (of course) a proclivity for offering delicious food. On that last note, you really can’t go wrong with anything on Birchwood Kitchen’s menu, but the French Toast, Veggie Sandwich, and Belgian Waffle are especially to be recommended.
-Big Jones. Located on Clark in Andersonville, Big Jones is a decent place to go for lunch or dinner. But it’s brunch food where this restaurant really shines. This is especially the case if you are interested in a more unique, non-traditional brunch that moves beyond the standard realm of eggs and toast. Try anything with a Southern flair, such as Eggs New Orleans or Ponchartrain Blue Crab Cakes. Just make sure to save some room for dessert – or, at least, another order of hash browns.
-Tweet. With its metal patio seating, neon signage, and wall-length mirrors Tweet looks like your standard breakfast diner. But, when it comes to food, this place is anything but, as a large portion of Country Benedict or French Toast can quickly make clear. You also wouldn’t regret getting the Crabcakes Hollandaise or the Portland Omelette. Just expect to wait a while on a busy weekend before being seated.
These are my top three favorite brunch places in Chicago. I’ve excluded some suburban favorites and some places I’ve visited only once or twice, meaning that my list is obviously a subjective one. What do you think? What are your favorite places to eat omelets, pancakes, and/or waffles in town?