The Brunch Dish

Reviews of brunch dishes.


The Brunch Dish: Quintessential Brunch Comforts at The Radler

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Since Chicago is curiously lax in the German brunch department, The Radler proudly paves the way as one of the most quintessentially comforting brunch destinations in town. More

The Brunch Dish: Cicchetti is Off to a Stellar Start

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One of the biggest brunch surprises in the city may very well be what's going on at Cicchetti right now, where the brand new brunch menu features a smattering of outre Italian dishes alongside re-imagined, Italian-tinged American favorites. More

The Brunch Dish: Boozy BrunchiNG at iNG

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Dovetailed with iNG's current craft beer-themed dinner menu, the "Chicago Craft Beer Brunch Menu" is at once perplexing, exciting, and enticing. More

The Brunch Dish: Brunch Ahoy at Fish Bar

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Far beyond cured salmon, the restaurant does a stellar job proving that a seafood spot can serve brunch just as handily as the other stroller magnets around town. More

The Brunch Dish: The Rocking Horse Rocks the Brunch Boat

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Having preemptively judged The Rocking Horse in the past, I was pleasantly surprised at the breadth of its new brunch menu. More

The Brunch Dish: Rodan is a Pleasant Asian Surprise in the a.m.

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Asian gastropubs and brunch may not seem like the most seamless of bedfellows, but here they are jiving in tasteful tandem at Rodan. More

The Brunch Dish: Carnivorous Excess Excels at Links Taproom

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Links Taproom is the most carnivorous addition to the Chicago food scene since The Jungle. Fortunately, unlike Upton Sinclair's tale of meaty mayhem, the only horror at Links Taproom is the tension on your waistband after a few forkfuls of pork- and goat cheese-slathered french fries. More

The Brunch Dish: Eat Where the Wild Things Are at Nico Osteria

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At a play-it-safe meal period, Nico Osteria takes risks that pay off, proving that brunch can and should be a time for creativity and imagination. Just don't forget the eggs. More

The Brunch Dish: Beachy Brunching at Summer House Santa Monica

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The best time to embrace these sentiments is at weekend brunch, a new addition to the Summer House portfolio. True to form, the Lettuce Entertain You spot puts a sunny stamp on dishes that are sure to transport you to the toasty shores of Santa Monica. More

The Brunch Dish: Eel and Nori are the New Eggs and Bacon at Jellyfish

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One of the latest entrants to Chicago's brunch scene, Jellyfish makes waves by incorporating its sushi-focused repertoire into a brunch format, eschewing typical brunch gimmickry in favor of thoughtful dishes true to Jellyfish's integrity. More

The Brunch Dish: Italian Sausagefest at City Dough

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Amidst the flurry of re-imagined diners, City Dough stands as one of the best examples of the template. From the polished, sunny vibe to the jovial servers and heartwarming, heart attack-inducing menu, the restaurant is what diner dreams are made of. More

The Brunch Dish: Deep-Fried Winter Distractions at Parson's Chicken & Fish

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Brunch at Parson's could not have come at a better time. As Chicago endures one of the most savage winters in recent memory, the sunny environment and vibrant comfort food at this Logan Square haunt are just the distraction we need. More

The Brunch Dish: Finger-lickin' Weekend Fare at Honey Butter Fried Chicken

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Kiss your New Year's cleanses goodbye, there's fried chicken French toast to be had. Honey Butter Fried Chicken ups the comfort ante on brunch with a new selection of weekend brunch dishes. More

The 10 Best Places to Brunch in Chicago of 2013

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Chicago really raised the bar on its brunch game in 2013. Old favorites continued to pack in the crowds, but what really changed the brunch landscape was the surfeit of non-brunch restaurants grasping the concept by the horns and going all out. More

The Brunch Dish: Dusek's Does its Own Style of Americana

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From the childhood pantry to my sugar-flecked Dutch baby dreams, Dusek's pays dutiful homage to the regional American brunch ritual in a very distinct fashion. The menu reads like an atlas oriented by food, and I'm 100% cool with that. More

The Brunch Dish: Comfort Revisited at Hearty

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"Comfort revisited" is the culinary mantra at Hearty, a restaurant rooted in reinvigorated nostalgia and a hefty dose of whimsy. More

The Brunch Dish: High Fashion Fare at Jam

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Jam is the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show of brunch, featuring some of the most stunning, imaginative preparations and presentations of dishes born from humble origins. More

The Brunch Dish: Untitled Makes a Soulful Name for Itself

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For a place with such a nondescript name, Untitled certainly goes big and bold when it comes to brunch. The cavernous restaurant's recently instated "soul brunch" seems like it's making up for its curious name with a miscellany of outre dishes that pack a wallop of flavor. More

The Brunch Dish: Classing Up Brunch Comforts at Beatrix

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Beatrix isn't reinventing any culinary wheels, rather polishing them up with the kind of finesse found in vigorously refined kitchens. More

The Brunch Dish: First-Rate Dim Sum at Cai

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If you're hankering for a Sunday morning meal, and you just can't stomach the notion of syrup-soaked griddle cakes, dim sum is the way to go, and in Chicago it doesn't get much better than Cai. More

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