Brunching in Chi-Town

I will admit that we did not do that many brunches in Chicago due to the fact that you have to get there before 2pm if you want brunch – seems they are early rises in the Midwest. FYI on the days we couldn’t make it we went to Einstein Bagel for their classic Lox on an everything bagel. Geshmak!


Lula Cafe

 2537 North Kedzie Blvd (Logan’s Square)

The Lula Cafe has quickly become the favorite brunch spot for locals – lines would often stretch down the sidewalk for a table until they opened up the second side. But you should still get there early to get a table and beat the 2:30pm cut off time. Brunch favourites include the breakfast burrito, lemon streusel crusted brioche French toast, and peanut butter griddle cakes. Just be sure to skip the Bloody Mary, the chunkiest/pulpiest Mary you have ever had.

The Southern

1840 W. North Avenue (Wicker Park)

The Southern serves a Sunday morning brunch any true Southerner would be happy to eat. In fact, we had one with us and he enjoyed it all. From the fried chicken and waffles to the shrimp and grits. This place makes amazing Bloody Marys.

Mon Ami Gabi

2300 N. Lincoln Park West (Lincoln Park)

Mon Ami Gabi’s Sunday brunch is where to get your French food fix in the morning. The menu features interesting takes on classic French cuisine with the beef bourgignonne benedict, crème brulee French toast, and a might fine croque. Don’t bother asking about a Bloody Mary here, the French should never stoop so low.

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