New Chicago brunches

Get toasty with 10 new weekend brunch options in Chicago

  • Brunch dishes at Parson's Chicken & Fish
Brunch dishes at Parson's Chicken & Fish (Clayton Hauck / Courtesy…)
January 15, 2014|By Samantha Nelson, @samanthanelson1 | For RedEye

Iced-over sidewalks and plunging temps are enough to drive even the wildest party animal into hibernation. With promise of bloody marys and hangover-helping hashes, these recently debuted weekend brunches make leaving the comfy confines of your couch a little more tolerable. | @redeyeeatdrink

Parson's Chicken & Fish
2952 W. Armitage Ave. 773-384-3333
Launched: Mid-December
Dishes: The star of this Logan Square hangout's small brunch menu is the chicken and biscuits ($12), made with fried Amish chicken thighs, housemade biscuits, a sunny-side-up egg and orange-honey reduction. You can also warm up with a bowl of pozole ($10); flavors rotate, with past versions including green chili-and-chicken and red chili-and-pork.
Drinks: Sip a bloody mary mixed with housemade sangrita and tomato juice ($8) or opt for the refreshing Beerdriver ($4), a blend of Hamm's and orange juice.
Brunch time: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. No reservations.

Honey Butter Fried Chicken
3361 N. Elston Ave. 773-478-4000
Launched: Mid-December
Dishes: Instead of chicken and waffles, this Avondale restaurant puts its signature poultry atop French toast with bourbon maple syrup and honey butter ($10). For less sweet and more meat, try the fried chicken breakfast sandwich ($10) which includes fried egg, garlic aioli, braised kale and bacon.
Drinks: Order a blood orange-pomegranate mimosa or the Threesome, housemade bloody mary mix blended with tequila and Tecate (both $8).
Brunch time: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. No reservations.

2426 N. Racine Ave. 773-644-6441
Launched: Early December
Dishes: Slightly spicy and served with sausage-laden gravy, the jalapeno and fontiago cheese biscuits ($9) at this Lincoln Park spot are so popular they've been known to sell out. The lobster and crab omelet ($10) topped with bearnaise sauce and tobiko makes a decadent alternative.
Drinks: Seafood lovers should try The Claw ($14), a bloody mary made with chipotle peppers and clam juice and garnished with a whole crab claw. Or get toasty with the Smoulder ($13), a bloody mary spiked with scotch.
Brunch time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Reservations accepted.

Azzurra EnoTavola
1467 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-278-5959
Launched: Early November
Dishes: This new Wicker Park spot offers traditional brunch items with an Italian bent such as a focaccia eggs Benedict ($11) with prosciutto and sun-dried tomato or the French toast with housemade walnut liqueur mixed into the batter ($9).
Drinks: Amaro, an Italian herbal liqueur, is meant to help with digestion after a meal, but here it's billed as a "hangover killer" ($6).
Brunch time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Reservations accepted.

Bellwether Meeting House & Eatery
302 E. Illinois St. 312-222-1800
Launched: Late December
Dishes: The Streeterville restaurant launched brunch just a few weeks after opening, offering hearty eats such as a giant cinnamon roll served in a hot skillet with pecans ($10) and a quiche with Swiss chard, shallots and goat cheese ($14).
Drinks: Bellwether sticks to brunch standards with $6 mimosas and $7 bloody marys garnished with celery, olives and lime. "We try not to make the bloody mary a meal," said owner Nick Tsoukalas. "We just want to keep it simple."
Brunch time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Reservations accepted.

The Grid
351 W. Hubbard St. 312-321-1351
Launched: Early November
Dishes: Executive chef Eric Romano based this River North tavern's brunch menu on what he'd like to eat if hungover. That means quirky dishes such as the Eggs in Purgatory ($13), two eggs poached in a spicy tomato sauce with goat sausage, goat cheese and charred bread or French toast ($13) made with panettone (an Italian sweet bread) that's stuffed with cream cheese, rolled in Frosted Flakes, deep-fried and then topped with carbonated blackberries and rum maple syrup.
Drinks: You can load up your bloody mary ($12) with imported cheeses, cured meats, charred shishito peppers and more. "It's like a meal in itself," Romano said.
Brunch time: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Reservations accepted.

Nouveau Tavern
358 W. Ontario St. 312-915-4100
Launched: Early November
Dishes: The River North restaurant's New Orleans-influenced menu features crawfish etouffee ($14) with Cajun rice and two fried eggs along with bananas foster French toast ($15) topped with fresh bananas, whipped cream and brown sugar syrup.
Drinks: For $15, you can sip bottomless mimosas throughout your meal.
Brunch time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays. Reservations accepted.

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