Chicago, Illinois has no shortage of incredible restaurants, including its renowned pizza spots, but there also a handful that are great for brunch. This list covers some of the top brunch spots in the city. With great reviews, honest prices and creative dishes, these Chicago brunch spots are all top-notch places to visit to start your morning off right. Come hungry to these top brunch spots in Chicago.
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Start your morning off with an organic, locally-sourced meal from Nana. Nana’s menu features delicious dishes that are heavily influenced by Mexican and Latin cuisines. For brunch, opt for the Nanadict, a unique twist on a Benedict that features chorizo, sopes, and poblano sauce. Classic Mexican breakfast food like huevos rancheros is also on the morning menu. If you’re looking for a sweet treat in the A.M., pancakes and French toast are found here too.
Lula Cafe offers a wide variety of breakfast and brunch dishes that will please even the pickiest brunch diners. If you’re craving a sweet treat, consider the house pastries, brioche French toast, or buttermilk pancakes. Vegetarians will also enjoy dining here for brunch, as Lula Cafe features a tofu-veggie scramble. However, there are two items on the breakfast and brunch menu here that remain fan favorites, the breakfast burrito and “The Royale,” a gourmet breakfast sandwich made with pork, gouda and cherry vinaigrette.
The Publican is known for three things: beer, pork and seafood. The pork belly hash and grilled pork loin with grits are two pork-centric dishes on the brunch menu that should not be ignored. With other creative dishes on the menu like the breakfast spaghetti or even the sticky pecan bun, it will be hard to choose just one brunch dish at The Publican. Whatever you do decide for brunch, you’ll want to pair it with a well-made libation.
An Asian-inspired brunch menu is found at Mott St. The Asian-fusion brunch items here are perfect for those who have grown tired of boring brunch offerings. Dishes like eggplant benedict, black bean shrimp and grits, and coconut pancakes add a creative Asian flare to otherwise run-of-the-mill breakfast eats.
Egg-obsessed diners will find plenty to eat here, as the breakfast menu at m. henry is filled with egg dishes from quiche to omelets to egg sandwiches. You can get breakfast items anytime at this Chicago brunch spot, however m. henry also serves brunch on the weekends with a beefed-up menu featuring upscale benedicts and french toast dishes.
Band of Bohemia
Band of Bohemia features brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. This Chicago brewpub features weekend brunch options that vary from cold eats to hot dishes to sweet pastries too. There is no shame to start your morning off with a beer and creme donut or fried chicken here at Band of Bohemia.
This fine-dining establishment has a breakfast menu that features a la carte items and larger dishes too that are all inspired by French cuisine. There are so many great dishes on the brunch menu here that you should consider purchasing a couple of things from the a la carte menu to make a delicious and well-rounded A.M. meal. A la carte items range from classic breakfast sides like avocado toast and oatmeal to out-of-the-box items like sauteed calf brain and lamb sausage.
Luella's Southern Kitchen
Southern breakfast items like grits, chicken and waffles, and biscuits and gravy are found at Luella’s Southern Kitchen. Offering brunch on the weekends, Luella’s Southern Kitchen features stick-to-your-ribs dishes that will keep you feeling full until dinnertime. Although Southern food is served here, everything is elevated, as the gravy features andouille sausage, the ambrosia salad is made with kale and goat cheese, and the benedict is served with farm fresh eggs.
Cure your hangover with one of the brunch offerings found at Dove’s Luncheonette. This Chicago eatery features Tex-Mex and Southern-inspired cuisine. With a classic diner feel, Dove’s Luncheonette offers a relaxed vibe for a morning out. Tequila lovers will enjoy the expansive tequila list here, which pair well with any the Mexican breakfast options like the avocado toast made with queso requeson or even the “Back to Life Cocktail,” which is actually marinated seafood served in a cocktail glass.
Batter & Berries
If you’re craving French toast and sweet treats for your morning meal, then Batter & Berries is the brunch spot for you. The menu has so many delicious breakfast offerings that it is hard to choose from the banana walnut waffles, caramel French toast, or the chicken fajita omelet. Indecisive diners should consider ordering the French Toast flight, which features a sample of all of the restaurant’s signature French toasts.
Big Jones will make you forget that you’re in Chicago instead of a Southern city with its mouthwatering menu that draws on Southern cuisine. Cornbread biscuits, gumbo, and blue crab eggs Benedict are all popular options on the menu here.
Dusek's Board & Beer
This Chicago gastropub serves unique brunch options that pair beautifully with beermosas. Ricotta beignets, chicken and waffles, and the omelette served with sea trout are just three unique offerings spotted on Dusek’s Board & Beer weekend brunch menu. Diners on a budget should consider ordering a slice of banana bread or a sticky bun.
The Allis draws hipsters and yuppies alike to its swanky digs for brunch in the morning and cocktails come evening. Found in the Soho House, The Allis isn’t just open to guests of the hotel; you’ll find locals and tourists alike dining here. Health nuts will enjoy the cold-pressed juices here, while those with a sweet tooth shouldn’t miss out on the baked goods and house-made pastries at The Allis.