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Summer Brunch for Any Taste

June 12 2014 - 9:00 AM

Now that it seems summer is finally in full swing, we’re offering five suggestions for the perfect brunch, no matter what you’re looking for. Some are old favorites, others are offering brunch for the first time. Check out our picks below and let us know where you’re headed for brunch!

For those with a sophisticated palate:

Sophie’s at Saks Fifth Avenue

Sophie's Chicago

Sophie’s at Saks Fifth Avenue, the new signature restaurant located on the seventh floor, launched a weekly Sunday brunch menu, complete with new cocktails, on Mother’s Day. Menu highlights include creative takes on classic brunch fare including Crab Cake Benedict (Sophie’s signature jumbo lump crabcakes topped with baby spinach, poached eggs, and Nordic Creamery hollandaise), Steak and Eggs (pan seared flat iron steak, two eggs any style topped with poblano chimichurri) and the Farmer’s Market Vegetable Omelet (ramps, wild mushrooms, spring asparagus, tomato confit and goat cheese) in addition to lighter fare such as Grilled Egg Whites & Cheese (Roasted tomato aioli, Wisconsin Cheddar, baby spinach, served with whole wheat toast and a side of roasted potato hash).

For those who love to be entertained:


Carnivale Dining Room

Carnivale launched weekly Sunday brunch in March, and offers a wide selection of Latin-infused entrees and cocktails. The colorful dining room is the perfect setting for weekend brunch and a string quartet plays a variety of songs during brunch (definitely a nice touch!). Entree options include Skirt ‘n Eggs with wood-grilled skirt steak, and house chimichurri, carnitas chilaquiles, and a churro-style waffle. Brunch cocktails include a Pisco Punch with pisco, pomegranate, pineapple, and lime juice, and The Dove with tequila, grapefruit juice, soda, and mint.

For those who love to to taste the world:


Tanta Chicago

Tanta also launched brunch Mother’s Day weekend and offers traditional, Peruvian daytime dishes like a variety of ceviches,  and the El Vegetariano (Peruvian corn cake, sautéed Japanese mushrooms, poached egg and huacatay sauce) to Peruvian takes on classic American brunch items like the Chicharron Waffle (Belgium waffle, crispy pork belly glazed with panca chili honey and seasonal berry compote).

Brunch cocktails will include American standards with a Peruvian twist, such as the Bloody Mary made with Pisco and spiked with Leche de Tigre (the juice that comes in cebiche dishes, known to be a hangover cure) and Mimosas with Maracuya (or Peruvian passion fruit) used to sweeten up a glass of bubbly.

Tanta also has a rooftop patio where you can enjoy Pisco cocktails and Peruvian small bites menu, including ceviche, empanadas, and seafood dishes.

For those who prefer surf over turf:

Shaw’s Crab House

Shaw's Crab House

Shaw’s offers a Sunday brunch buffet ($55 per person) featuring brunch specialties such as baked apple French toast, eggs benedict, create-your-own omelets, and malted Belgian waffles. Additionally, cold seafood bar options include oysters, assorted maki, seafood ceviche, and king crab.

and finally…for those who’d rather be at a kegs and eggs brunch:

DryHop Brewers

The Captain's French Toast

Photo Credit: DryHop Brewers

Lakeview brewpub DryHop offers several brunch items  on both Saturday and Sunday from 11am-3pm. The brunch menu includes The Captain’s French Toast, aka challah dipped in rum-spiked egg batter topped with Cap ‘n Crunch cereal, and the Angry Toddler omelette with bacon, apples, cheddar, and country sausage gravy. Enjoy these items with a brew (and great people watching) on DryHop’s sidewalk patio!