Dining Chicago

Brunch Bites: Howells & Hood and Frontier

In this week's batch of brunch bites, Howells & Hood goes "big" and Frontier goes family-style. 

(Bananas Foster French toast a la Frontier)

It's out with the old (blues brunch) and in with something new (and big) at Howells & Hood. The sprawling downtown restaurant is now offering "BIG Brunch" courtesy of handy executive chef Scott Walton. The crux of the menu is a hefty brunch buffet affording diners hearty and eclectic dishes such as charred Brussels sprouts salad, tikka masala, Italian beef strata, smoked brisket, black mole crepes, and more. There's also plenty to drink, such as a Ghost Bloody infused with ghost pepper vodka, Zing Zang, lime, simple syrup, hot sauce, and celery salt; beermosas; and Bloody Marias brimming with Jose Cuervo Gold, lime, A1 sauce, pickle juice, celery, and lime salt rim. The buffet costs a scant $29 per person, with drinks coming in at supplementary prices. To make reservations, visit here.  

More so than most meal periods, brunch is innately family-style-friendly. Frontier acknowledges this with its new family-style brunch, served every Saturday and Sunday for $20 per person. The familial spread includes bites of powdered doughnuts, bananas Foster French toast, crab Benedict minis, lamb chorizo and egg tacos, vegetable breakfast tacos, slab bacon, and breakfast potatoes. The family-style menu requires 24-hour notice and can be secured by emailing jen@pioneertaverngroup.com. Reservations are available between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. 

- Matt Kirouac

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