Food & Drink

7 new Chicago brunches to fatten up your weekends

Published On 12/04/2014 Published On 12/04/2014
Baker Miller
Sean Cooley
Clayton Hauck
Q-BBQ
Sean Cooley
River Roast 
Polak Eatery 
DMK Restaurants
Dan Paz
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1. Parson's Chicken & Fish 2952 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 (Logan Square)

Parson's Chicken & Fish in Logan Square knows a thing or two about deep-frying -- the menu features chicken, fish, hush puppies, and cheese curds in all their breaded and battered goodness. Not everything is deep-fried though; there's a small raw bar selection and small plates to share. The spot is upscale for a quick-serve spot, and its large outdoor patio is one of the top summer hang spots in Chicago.

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2. Q-BBQ 714 W Diversey Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60614 (Lakeview)

This trendy Lakeview resto doles out a hefty variety of smoked meats with tasty sauces to satisfy even the hungriest of carnivores.

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3. Baker Miller 4610 Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60625 (Lincoln Square)

The owners of Bang Bang Pie Shop are behind this grain-centric sweet and savory bake shop in Lincoln Square where all the items from breakfast to lunch -- and the flour itself -- are made in-house. Of Baker Miller's breakfast options, the milky bowl of oatmeal topped with seasonal jam, cultured cream, and toasted pecans is a standout, as is the heirloom blue corn grits with sausage. There are a few sandwiches available on the lunch menu, like a BLT with feta and tomato jam, which are served with a slice of pie or side salad. That's a no-brainer.

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4. River Roast 315 N LaSalle St, Chicago, IL 60654 (River North)

On the north bank of the Chicago River is River Roast, an upscale tavern that combines traditional British roasts with new American ingredients. The menu revolves around roasted proteins -- fish, beef, chicken, pork -- that are carved table-side for two. There are also a variety of small plates and vegetables to share. The large space includes two bars and an expansive riverside patio.

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5. Polak Eatery 1043 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 (Humboldt Park)

The Polish truck champion of pierogies and sausages has landed a few blocks from Humboldt Park, serving up the same belly-warming goodness in their brick-and-mortar location.

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6. Henry's Swing Club 18 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654 (River North)

This River North hub is home to over 22 slider options on its menu, as well as serious drink options (buy a bottle of Jack and get free Coke refills all night!), playing cards, vintage Playboys, and pool tables.

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7. Bistro Campagne 4518 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625 (Lincoln Square)

Get your French fix at Bistro Campagne. Check it out with a date for a romantic dinner, or go for the mimosa-fueled brunch menu. Pick from crepes filled with caramelized brandied oranges, duck confit over potato hash, and brioche French toast with peach compote. As you'd expect, they keep the champagne flowing but there's also a Bistro Bloody Mary with Bordelaise sauce to be had.

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