Brunches in Lincoln Park and Old Town

Eye-opening brunches to kickstart your weekend

  • 2 Sparrows serves brunch dishes inspired by locally grown, seasonal produce.
2 Sparrows serves brunch dishes inspired by locally grown, seasonal produce. (Lenny Gilmore/RedEye )
May 18, 2012|By RedEye staff

Kingsbury Street Cafe
1523 N. Kingsbury St. 312-280-1718
Just past gentlemen’s club VIP’s on the edge of Old Town’s Weed Street district might be the last place you’d expect to find this light-filled, art gallery-like cafe serving breakfast and lunch. A huge pastry
case beckons with quick-grab pastries, while lemon-blueberry pancakes and maple-glazed bacon await
those with time to sit down.

Old Town Social
455 W. North Ave. 312-266-2277
Chef Jared Van Camp loves to infuse his dishes with southern flair, and his Soul Brunch on Sundays is
no exception with pecan praline pancakes, bananas foster French toast and eggs Benedict on biscuits, plus soul musicians performing while you graze.

John’s Place
1200 W. Webster Ave. 773-525-6670
This neighborhood favorite tempts with weekend brunch options both sweet (pumpkin pie pancakes
with maple-pecan butter) and salty (try the smoked salmon eggs Benedict, chilaquiles or the breakfast
burrito with roasted poblano peppers).

Sprout
1417 W. Fullerton Ave. 773-348-0706
Dale Levitski of “Top Chef” fame proves he can still rock the brunch beat, a decade after he coined
frushi at the first location of Orange. Classic breakfast dishes such as steak and eggs, a lox platter and French toast are rebooted, Dale-style, and the Lithuanian bacon buns are a must-order to start the meal.

Toast
746 W. Webster Ave. 773-935-5600
This cute cafe’s brunch menu is loaded with everything from scrambles and omelets
to breakfast sammies and burritos. Indecisive brunchers should consider the pancake or French toast samplers, which combine the best sweet options onto one plate. Wasabi-spiced bloody marys
and Irish cream-spiked coffee deliver in the hair-of-the-dog department.

2 Sparrows
553 W. Diversey Ave. 773-234-2320
This cafe from Gregory Ellis and Steven Fladung, who grew up and worked at Charlie Trotter’s together, is a boon for those who adore artisanal eats; they make as much as possible from scratch, from the mouth-watering maple-bacon doughnuts to the lamb sausage gravy accompanying flaky biscuits. Birdy details such as a nest-shaped chandelier and Rishi tea served in tiny teapots resembling speckled eggs charmingly enforce the subtle theme.

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