PBR Breakfast at Longman & Eagle ($7)
"The PBR Breakfast ($7) is just what it sounds like: two eggs any style, some of the best breakfast potatoes in the city, Longman's housemade breakfast sausage, and, if you're so inclined, a beer. (I was told about 50% of patrons actually ask for the beer, the rest wisely abstain; for journalistic purposes, though, I felt it necessary.)"
"The sausage is flavored like a classic breakfast sausage, with plenty of sage and garlic. There is also rosemary, thyme, and black pepper. Like the breakfast potatoes, the link takes a dunk in the deep fryer, a way of cooking sausage that I've encountered a great deal lately; though it sounds incredibly decadent, the impermeable casing doesn't let in much oil. What the method ensures is the most uniformly crisp skin without having to tend to a skillet, like with pan-searing."
Eggs and Sausage at Vincent ($8)
"They make a very honest sausage, which I like—a straightforward porky flavor that's not heavily spiced with sage and black pepper like breakfast sausage often is. In fact, when I asked about its seasoning, my waitress disappeared for a few minutes before reappearing with a large notebook (the kitchen's recipes) wherein I learned that sage, rosemary, brown sugar, nutmeg, red peper flakes, and cayenne all make their way into the proceedings. Once cooked, it has a salty, nicely crisp exterior."
Full English Fry-Up at Owen & Engine ($15)
"The bangers are superb, as is the black pudding (a.k.a. blood sausage), which is creamy and rich and has far less barley or oat filler than what I've commonly found in England. The rest of the items on the plate, like most things at Owen & Engine, are all flawlessly executed."
Breakfast Sausage at Lula Cafe ($4)
"For some reason, it's one of the best breakfast sausages I've ever tasted. And yet, there doesn't seem to be anything special in the seasoning: just garlic, fennel seed, salt and pepper, and a little bit of red chile flakes. But there is some alchemical way in which those ingredients are combined (I imagine the quality of the pork has a great deal to do with it) that produces this remarkable sausage patty."
The Dual Quads at The Publican ($14)
"For me at least, breakfast is the least important meal of the day. It usually just leaves me feeling heavy and tired. So, when I want to feel heavy and tired in all the best ways I head to The Publican. It's breakfast. It's meat. It's eggs. There's nothing more to ask for. The Dual Quads is everything you want in such a breakfast. A perfectly fried egg and two fatty sausages."
The Brunch Dog at Franks 'n' Dawgs ($8.50)
"The Brunch Dog at Franks 'n' Dawgs is quite possibly all of the best components of breakfast combined into one giant messy sandwich. It starts with a breakfast sausage made from Slagel Farms pork loin, and is then topped with cob-smoked bacon, a fried egg, and drizzled with maple mayo. Lots of it. The whole thing is stuffed into a buttered and toasted New England-style hot dog bun, which is a rare creature here in Chicago."
Old Town Breakfast at Old Town Social ($12)
"The Old Town Breakfast ($12) prompted me to remember this past weekend why the classics are just as important as their modern breakfast bedfellows...With two poached eggs, a hash brown casserole, housemade sausage, and toast, the Old Town Breakfast is enough food to leave you feeling full, but not enough to make you want to sleep the day away."