As the weather gets warmer, I feel compelled to take more time to relax. There is something about the sunshine and warm weather that allows me to not stress about school and everything else that I have to do and allows me to just sit. Lately, what I have found myself doing is waking up early on the weekends to go for a walk and I usually end up finding myself at some local cafe or breakfast joint. For whatever reason, Spring and brunch seem to go perfect together.
Because of my new obsession, I have discovered some of the best omelets and pancakes in the city. Here is a list of some of my newly discovered brunch places that I highly recommend you try.
If you are ever in Rogers Park, I highly recommend you try this place. It is new to the neighborhood, but has already attracted the local crowd. It always has a line out the door on Saturdays and Sundays. My mom and I decided to try this place a few weeks ago and it quickly became my new favorite place by campus. Comfort foods and sweet splurges (the weekend-only bread pudding is the best I've ever had) are the standard here, and no one does eggs "birds in a basket"-style as well as m henrietta.
Bucktown and Gold Coast
Feast is a trendier place that serves eggs in any form. If you are in the mood for eggs, this is your place. Feast has 2 locations, one in Bucktown and one in the Gold Coast. The place is always filled with the young and trendy. Its menu offers large varieties of omelets, eggs benedict and regular eggs served any way you choose. I highly recommend the eggs portobello - it's delicious, I swear!
Totally fun, eclectic, but hip interior with amazing combinations of some familiar and not so familiar ingredients to make a global masterpiece of a menu! I can't even tell you what I ordered because they make up names for items that they've created (or maybe I'm not global enough to realize those are actual dishes from elsewhere!) But it was good- sweet potato and couscous, with spices and veggies...deelish! There are tons of vegan options for the vegans out there (and plenty of meat options for you non-veg people), and so many things I said I'd have to come back for.
Looking for a place that is a little more quieter? This is the place for you then! 'm smitten with this adorable, well-lit cafe tucked within a condo complex off of Indiana Ave in the S. Loop. Has the feel of an upscale diner with decorative flourishes, like the tree stump stools and leaf-motif accents. It's in the perfect neighborhood spot for brunch or grabbing a book to read and sip the excellent latte or the killer bloody mary solo.
Next time your looking for a delicious brunch (instead of a dining hall breakfast), head to one of these places. You are definitely in for a treat!
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