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Brunch Bites: Sneak Peak at III Forks' New Brunch and Delightful Pastries Debuts a Delightful New Brunch Menu

In this week's batch of brunch bites, take a gander at the new Saturday brunch menu launching at III Forks next month and Delightful Pastries debuts a new brunch menu in Old Town.

Spinach lamb pie
(Spinach-lamb pie goodness)

Just in time for spring and new beginnings and all that jazz, III Forks launches Saturday brunch on March 22, complete with a whole helluva lot of new creations by chef Billy Caruso. Start your meal with assorted baked breads and pastries, followed by bread pudding French toast WITH OPTIONAL FOIE GRAS (!), chicken & waffles with SALTED CARAMEL BUTTER*, an artichoke Benedict on grilled challah bread, a New England-style lobster roll, steak & eggs, and the Ditka patty melt made with an Angus beef patty, Gruyere, slab bacon, and grilled onions on grilled sourdough. In addition, Saturday sippers include brunch cocktails such as Oranginal Sin made with Bacardi O, Grand Marnier, Absolut Mandarin, and OJ; the Golden Mist made with Ransom gin, Vya vermouth, and Luxardo Maraschino liqueur; and the Bloody Saturday, which is pretty self-explanatory. Saturday brunch service kicks off March 22 and runs from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Dare I say that the new brunch menu at Delightful Pastries' Old Town location is downright delightful? I dare! Available Tuesday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and on Sundays from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., brunch at Delightful Pastries is precisely what you want in a homey Euro-American repast. All the classics are present and accounted for, from eggs every which way to quiche and breakfast sandwiches, but Delightful Pastries manages to enamor with its unique specialties such as spinach-lamb pie, carrot cake pancakes, and "Lost in Translation" omelettes made with rice, bacon, carrots, bell peppers, and tomato sauce cooked with sake. Other specialties include something called the "British Mob Movie," a medley of pan-fried potatoes with tomato-based beans, mixed vegetables, eggs, thick-cut bacon, and blood sausage.

* caps lock for emphasis on awesomeness

- Matt Kirouac

Neighborhoods: Portage ParkChicago Loop

Dobra Bielinski and Stasia Hawyrszczuk have been baking Polish and American pastries, breads and other goodies since 1998 at their original bakery in Jefferson Park. This Old Town location offers...

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