Brunch at Vincent in Andersonville (Jason Little/For RedEye )
After a rough night out, it can be tempting to spend the first day of the new year sitting on the couch chugging coconut water and eating stale Santa cookies. But really, there's no better way to punch that New Year's Eve hangover straight in its guilty, haggard face than with a satisfying brunch. Plan to kick off 2013 right at one of these six must-try restaurants.
3057 W. Logan Boulevard 773-292-6011
Eat: "People come to Jam because they know they're going to get a well-balanced meal," said Lauren Virnoche, the manager of this quaint Logan Square restaurant. "It's the perfect place to regale stories from the night before." The daily waffle special ($8-$10 for an appetizersize; $16 for the entree) changes according to the kitchen's whim; past flavor combinations have included a tarragon waffle with grilled pork loin and quince gastrique or a chocolate waffle with a pumpkin pie mousse, white chocolate sauce and candied walnuts. For brunchers who prefer something lunch-ier, there's the Jamburger ($12), two patties with smoked tomato sauce, a sunny-side-up egg and butterka-- a German cheese reminiscent of white cheddar.
Drink: Brunch cocktails range from a creative bacon old fashioned ($8) to a classic beermosa ($6-$8, depending on your beer choice).
Brunch hours: 7 a.m.-3 p.m. No reservations on New Year's Day.
1359 W. Taylor St. 312-226-5550
Eat: "All those who need to soak up the booze should try the truffle egg toast [with] fontina cheese, asparagus and white truffle oil [for $9]," said Carissa Schaffer, manager of this Little Italy gem. To get a strong start on that "eat healthier" resolution, try the frittata bianca ($8), an open-faced egg-white omelet served with seasonal vegetables and an arugula salad. If your diet starts tomorrow, then indulge in the uovo barzotta ($10), an Italian version of eggs Benedict made with pork belly, potatoes, poached eggs, avocado and hollandaise.
Drink: Bellinis and mimosas (regularly $9) and bloody marys ($8) will be on special for just $3 a pop.
Brunch hours: 1 a.m.-3 p.m. Reservations recommended for large parties.
1434 W. Chicago Ave., 312-243-0477
Eat: Need a little Southwestern pep in your step? Look no further than brunch specials such as the chorizo chilaquiles ($11) with black bean-corn salsa and New Mexican green chili. That same green chili--along with an egg and bacon--also tops the burger ($12), which combines the best of New Mexican tradition and American pub grub. For something sweet, try brioche French toast ($9) encrusted with Fruity Pebbles cereal and topped with triple berry sauce. Whatever you order, there's no need to sweat your outfit. "You can roll in wearing whatever," said manager Leonard Sanchez. "There's no judgment here."
Drink: Think you can handle one more shot? Flo's Breakfast Shot ($8) tastes like a liquid version of bacon and pancakes. Made with bacon-infused bourbon, orange juice and butterscotch schnapps, it'll erase any unfortunate tequila memories from your New Year's night out.
Brunch hours: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Reservations are not accepted, but there's free coffee while you wait.
1475 W. Balmoral Ave. 773-334-7168
Eat: "We're known for our breakfast sandwiches," said Michael Bransford,
owner of this charming side-street Andersonville bistro. The pork belly sandwich ($12) topped with bacon jam, manchego cheese, red onions, spicy aioli and fried egg is the way to go. Or try the Dock Worker Deluxe ($16), a hefty plate of sausage, bacon, roasted pork, scrambled eggs and potatoes, all on a grilled croissant with a 16-ounce can of Hollandia pilsner on the side.
Drink: For a drink that's practically a meal in itself, order The Cheesemonger blood mary ($12) served on a cheese board with gouda, robiola, marinated mozzarella, roasted nuts and jam. For a lighter pick-me-up, toast with Bubbles and Flowers ($8), which marries the sparkling effect of champagne with the floral tang of St. Germain's elderflower liqueur and a hint of lemon.
Brunch hours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Reservations recommended.