As I already established during my write-ups of Sunda and Mercadito, you can't really go wrong with Chicago dining spots. Especially brunch spots. Everything about a "brunch" intrigues me, from the feminine undertones and focus on coffee, to the fried eggs and fruit. My best girls and I dined at three brunch spots in Chicago from Saturday-Monday of our long weekend. Yes, we did work.
Our first brunch (and my personal favorite) was Beatrix. The combination of fresh-squeezed sweet valencia orange juice and a slightly bitter, rich soy cappuccino was fabulous. I had to force myself to drink the hot and cold beverages with composure -- I hate the feeling of finishing before the meal arrives! I shared quinoa cakes with poached eggs with Ashley, along with a side of sliced tomato and avocado (yes, that's a side on their menu.). We were very happy. The spicy chicken tinga is apparently a not-to-miss brunch dish as well. Our group grabbed a just-baked, extra large chocolate chip cookie for the walk around downtown. The pastry is on my friend Brenna's top five favorites list. That's a credible validation of the cookie's deliciousness, in case you were wondering.
Chicago q's commonly known as an urban barbecue restaurant with Southern touches, but our Sunday brunch (complete with bloody mary bar) had a savory selection of wildly creative approaches to the first meal of the day. The benedict flight was super rich but impressive -- Kobe brisket stacked on a cheddar-chive biscuit? Hello. I enjoyed the fresh, grilled fruit assortment over housemade granola. I also shared a sweet potato hash that reminded me of my at-home version with a smokier flavor. The modern ambiance and well-versed menu made for a lovely meal in the city.
Our final morning in Chicago pulled us to Pierrot Gourmet french café at the Peninsula Luxury Hotel. Most of us ordered the egg white frittata with oven-dried tomato, spinach and feta. They arrived piping hot in individual cast-iron skillets and, ooh, did that first bite hit the spot! I felt fueled (and proud of my healthy food choice) for my plane ride back to Memphis.
Happy brunching, y'all. Where is your favorite place to order your coffee and eggs in Chi-town?