If you have lived in Chicago for any period of time….
Chances are you already have a regular brunch spot. You probably have a go- to place that you turn to on weekend mornings for your favorite solo meal or to meet up with friends and decompress. If you have not yet found the perfect place, consider checking out one of these happening spots.
Toast: Lincoln Park
Located at 746 West Webster in Chicago, this cozy little café in Chicago’s Lincoln Park is the perfect spot to join family and friends for brunch. Like many of Chicago’s hottest breakfast places, Toast is open from 8am-3pm Monday through Friday and 8am-4pm on the weekends. The menu has a nice variety of breakfast dishes and lunch options as well and most items are under $12 for a good sized entrée or salad. You can find traditional items on the menu as well as house favorites. One dish to sample is the mascarpone & pine nuts pancakes. These anise-flavored pancakes are layered with mascarpone and topped with toasted pine nuts, a light fruit salad, and honey butter and lavender flowers. It is a unique taste sensation that must be experienced.
This eatery in Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood has something for everyone. They bill themselves as a laidback spot for getting breakfast, lunch, juice and espresso. Their menu is breakfast and lunch with a little added pizzazz. They have taken standard menu items and added unique ingredients, additional flavors, and plated them in a way as to create an artistic meal presentation. Each dish is carefully crafted by the chef, so no two dishes are alike. The ambiance of the restaurant is chill, comfortable, and incredibly welcoming. The owners seek to provide customers with an exceptional city dining experience, while maintaining an emphasis on a neighborhood feel.
Cellar Door Provisions: Logan Square
Over the last decade or so Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood has gone through some major changes. As the neighborhood has transitioned there has been in influx of quaint shops and bistros that have begun to dot the landscape. Cellar Door Provisions is one of those dots. Open Wednesday through Sunday from 8am-3pm, this unique eatery is one that needs to be explored. The restaurant focuses on using locally grown produce that comes from farmers with whom the owners have business relationships. They will soon be using vegetables from their own garden (located across the street), and have a rotating menu each day that features food created with whichever ingredients are in season and on hand. Check out their fresh dishes and pastries, you will not be sorry that you did.