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7 new weekend brunches to try this fall

  • Pork belly sope at Takito Kitchen
Pork belly sope at Takito Kitchen
October 17, 2013|By Samantha Nelson, @samanthanelson1 | For RedEye

During the summer, Chicago's brunch scene is packed with pretty people sipping mimosas and showing off their tans in bicep-baring tanks and skimpy sundresses. Is anyone else ready to welcome fall with a cozy, chunky sweater and a big ol' stack of French toast? These seven new weekend brunches will let you get your day off to a delicious, if a bit decadent, start.

DryHop Brewers
3155 N. Broadway 773-857-3155
Launched: Sept. 21
Dishes: Just a few months after its June opening, this Lakeview brewery introduced daytime treats such as The Captain's French Toast ($9), made from sliced challah bread dipped in batter laden with crushed Cap'n Crunch cereal. The slices are then griddled and served with cheesecake sauce and bourbon-infused syrup. If you're more into meat than sweet, order Hank's Plate ($10) and feast on two eggs, duck fat-buttermilk biscuits, potato casserole, country sausage gravy and three slices of hickory-smoked bacon with a brown sugar-black pepper glaze.
Drinks: Owner Greg Shuff recommends cutting the richness of the French toast with the passion fruit and citrus flavors of Dryhop's Shark Meets Hipster IPA ($7) and matching Hank's Plate with a glass of the brewpub's Batch 001 ale. "It goes with the whole smattering of flavors available on the Hank's Plate," he said.
Brunch times: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. No reservations.

Blackfinn Ameripub
65 W. Kinzie St. 312-836-0290
Launched: Sept. 19
Dishes: The newly opened River North bar offers football fans plenty of screens to watch while they fuel up with the Breakfast Balboa ($12.99), shaved prime rib, mozzarella, hash browns and two sunny-side-up eggs served open-faced on toasted garlic bread, or the crab cake benedict ($14.99), made from jumbo lump crab cakes topped with remoulade and poached eggs atop a hollandaise-coated English muffin.
Drinks: You'll find multiple takes on bloodies here, including the spicy Wasabi Mary ($8) and Blackfinn's Bacon Mary ($9) made with bacon-infused vodka and garnished with candied bacon.
Brunch times: 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Reservations accepted.

Takito Kitchen
2013 W. Division St. 773-687-9620
Launched: Late August
Dishes: The pork belly sope ($11.50) has been the biggest hit on this Mexican-inspired Wicker Park eatery's brunch menu; it's made from a crispy corn masa cake that's covered with ghost pepper-and-hibiscus salsa and topped with two fried eggs, local baby arugula, pork belly, pickled onions and sesame seeds. "We're trying to make ghost peppers accessible to people," said chef David Dworshak.
Drinks: For a refreshing morning drink, try the Heliconia ($9), a blend of cava, tequila, hibiscus tea and grapefruit oil that resembles a mimosa made with grapefruit instead of orange juice.
Brunch times: Noon-3 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Reservations accepted.

Municipal Bar & Dining Co.
216 W. Ohio St. 312-951-2125
Launched: Early September
Dishes: The River North sports bar is donating 15 percent of proceeds from brunch dishes to breast cancer research throughout October in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so you can feel good about feasting on RumChata French toast ($10), which is made with bread soaked in the namesake cinnamon-cream liqueur and topped with spiced rum bananas foster and whipped cream. Fans of fried chicken and waffles should branch out with the chicken and waffle sandwich ($13), which features fried chicken breast, fried egg and bacon between a pair of waffles.
Drinks: The bar has your hair-of-the-dog covered with an Absolut bloody mary ($9) garnished with a pickle, olives, salami and a cheese cube. If you're not the only one hungover at a table full of friends, order the Sunday Fumble Recovery special ($250), which includes a bottle of vodka, a bottle of champagne, Red Bull and all the mixers you need for bloody marys or mimosas for six to eight people.
Brunch times: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Reservations accepted.

The Drinkingbird
2201 N. Clybourn Ave. 773-472-9920
Launched: Mid-September
Dishes: Try twists on comfort food standards such as the Elvis Pancakes ($10), hearty buckwheat pancakes topped with bananas flambe and crunchy peanut butter-maple syrup sauce. The same buckwheat pancakes are also used in the pigs in a blanket ($9) along with sage, pickled peaches, whipped cream and house-made sausage that's been cooked with bourbon and maple syrup.
Drinks: This Lincoln Park bar's bloody mary ($8) is made with roasted tomatoes, vegan worcestershire sauce and a puree of onions, carrots and celery with a sidecar of house-made hot sauce and a garnish of seasonal pickled vegetables. For something sweet, try the brandy milk punch ($8) made with coconut cream, nutmeg and brandy.
Brunch times: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. No reservations.

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