[Photograph: Anna Deem]

Although I may not agree with the Mayans that the world is ending this year, that doesn't mean that I can't enjoy a dish named after them. Case in point: Marmalade's Mayan omeletta ($10.25). Marmalade has a brunch menu that is divided perfectly into two sections: "The Yolk Folk" and "Battered Goods." After reading the description for the Mayan omeletta, I felt compelled to become one of the "Yolk Folk" during my meal.

Stuffed with spicy chorizo, black beans, tomatoes, sweet onions, and green peppers, Marmalade highlights authentic Latin American flavors in a dish that is also topped with sour cream, salsa verde, and Wisconsin sharp cheddar cheese. Keeping with their flavor profile, the dish is also served with several pieces of fried plantains on the side. When you eat brunch every week like I do, the same egg benedicts and Denver omelets get tired real fast. Marmalade's brunch menu takes those favorites and puts its own spin on them, serving up one of the most inventive brunches in the city.


1969 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60625 (map)

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