We all know that the Millennial generation has some pretty weird tastes when it comes to food. Sure, they would happily wait an hour in line to taste that new Vietnamese barbecue place but they’re not above face-planting corner shop nachos and plastic cheese, either.
Here comes the time that brunch officially becomes the new obsession for millennials.
Millennials spend more money on food than they do on events or clothing. They need to be certain they are paying for the most tasty, picture-perfect brunches. It’s no secret — take a quick glance at your Instagram feed and you will likely see an array of mouth-watering plates of food trending with the #brunch hashtag.
Now Chicago is finally seeing consistent signs of spring! Let’s welcome spring with brunch dates and another brunch post on instagram.
Fresh Design Studio understands you brunch lovers! Here are the top 5 Chicago brunch $$ places that you should definitely try!
The O.G. neighborhood brunchery with a menu of unclassifiable and unexpected food.
2537 N. Kedzie Ave.; 773-489-9554
Though there’s seating aplenty, there is a 100 percent chance that if you swing by on a weekend morning, the scene will be rocking.
Take the unlikely combo of fried eggplant chunks, sweet corn kernels, basil, tangy peaches, a sliced hard-boiled egg, flakes of ricotta salata, and pine nut vinaigrette, and you have the bulgur bowl—an exemplary display of Lula’s magic. This innovation and dedication to ingredients makes brunch here a vegetarian’s dream. Chili paste and lemongrass are involved in Bloody Mary. A glassful of strong Metric Joe=a special blend made for Lula is totally delightful.
The dinner of your dreams at Wicker Park.
1545 N. Damen Ave.; 773-645-4060
Though weekends can be bonkers at One-Off Hospitality’s (Publican, Big Star, etc) year-old diner, the scene during our weekday morning meal is low key as it gets. Filtered sunlight and easy-listening throwback tunes fill the room. If there’s a better spot to ease into a Wednesday, we’re not sure where it is.
If the regular, all-day menu’s offerings of foods such as chicken-fried chicken and stuffed chile relleno sound like breakfast to you, then have them slap a fried egg on it and call it your meal. Adorably ugly brown mugs deliver a mighty strong house blend coffee, compliments of Dark Matter. Bloody Mary kills it all.
Mostly organic morning fare-both classic and not-for the gluten-averse, the toddler toter, and the commoner.
5020 N. Sheridan Rd.; 773-728-5576
One of Sheridan Road’s lovely art-deco buildings houses this high-energy room where the tables are as tightly packed as the artwork on the walls. The place is a total Saturday morning rocker.
The menu is lengthy, with entire sections devoted to benedicts and burritos, and more than a dozen gluten-free dishes. When pumpkin pancakes are on offer, we’re all in. Tweet’s version is dense and cinnamon-y throughout and finished with butter, whipped cream, a smattering of berries, and cinnamon-sugar.
The cocktail list is all about the Bloody, offered a half-dozen ways ranging from classic to wasabi-spiked.
Style-conscious gluttony with plenty of substance in river North.
441 N. Clark St.; 312-955-1900
Dark walls, dark wood, limited windows: Bottlefork’s dining room always feels like it’s stuck in perpetual night time, which makes sense given that it’s a part of the Rockit Ranch family, the purveyors of clubby evening hangouts.
We love their breakfast sope, with smoky chorizo black beans resting in a masa boat, topped with guacamole and cotija and a fried egg, managing to curb both a craving for something comforting and something refined. Bottlefork has always killed it when it comes to cocktails. Metropolis coffee is a nice touch of mornings in the city.
Mellow neighborhood brunch that skews decidedly meaty.
2934 W. Diversey Ave.; 773-270-4520
The very cool two-room space—which features old-world paintings, a taxidermied deer, and a
mural of a small-town butcher shop on the wall—filled in nicely with laidback couples and not-as-laidback families.
You’ve gotta go meaty here, and Piggie by the pound may just be the best brunch deal in the city. It’s a full pound of ultra-tender pulled pork that was smoked in-house, plus freshly made corn tortillas to create DIY tacos. The full cocktail menu is on offer, along with the requisite Bloody Mary and mimosa.