Rise and Shine

I love going out for a good breakfast on the weekends, and since Chicago has no shortage of great brunch spots, each weekend could potentially be somewhere different. Even though I have my favorites, it’s always exciting when a new place opens in the neighborhood.  Yesterday I tried Brunch, a kitschy new, you guessed it, brunch spot priding themselves on organic eggs and local and sustainable ingredients. Brunch has a great selection of egg dishes, sandwiches and salads; however, I think their “bread and butter” lies with their sweet breakfast options like the Red Velvet Pancakes.

When you sit down at Brunch, you’re greeted with a basket of mini biscuits with berry compote…no complaints here!


We started our meal with an appetizer of Mini Pancake Sampler: one buttermilk pancake, one red velvet and one banana. The red velvet pancake was insanely good, without being too rich and the caramelized bananas that came on top of the banana pancake were something special. This dish is a great way to get a taster of the inventive cakes.

Mini Pancake Sampler

I ordered the breakfast burrito consisting of scrambled eggs, aged cheese, and house sausage (which I substituted for chicken sausage) wrapped in a spinach tortilla, served with jalapeno crema and salsa fresca.  I thoroughly enjoyed my pick, as the burrito was perfectly wrapped and grilled and the crema and salsa were tasty accoutrements. Sadly, I forgot to snap a pic of my burrito because clearly I got too excited about diving in!

My friend ordered the Brunch Skillet, eggs with pancetta, sweet potato, Yukon gold hash with goat cheese and fresh herbs. She enjoyed the uniqueness of the sweet potatoes in her breakfast but thought it lacked memorable flavor.

Brunch Skillet

Points for presentation here – my friend’s husband ordered the Slumber Party, chicken apple sausage wrapped in French toast New England style roll with maple syrup and potatoes. This really does look like a party on a plate. I might have to try this next time!

Slumber Party

Since Brunch just opened last Tuesday, they may still be working out one or two kinks but all in all, I think they’re on to something good. While they did not reinvent the breakfast wheel, Brunch does offer fresh and creative options…and a shoeshine if you desire. 

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