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10 top New Year’s Day brunches in Chicago

bloody mary

Happy New Year! Sop up your hangover this New Year’s Day with a hearty brunch and the hair of the dog that bit you.

  1. Cantina 46, Gold Coast, 11:a.m. to 4 p.m., $15.

    Start the new year off with a Latin-style pig roast. Guest chef Troy Graves cooks conchita pibil in a Cuban Caja box and serves it with huevos revueltos, crijoles charros, charred green onions, warm tortillas and smoky habenero salsa. Enjoy bottomless mimosas, sangria and bloody marys for $15 more.

  2. Frontier, West Town, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., $25.

    Brunch buffet with unlimited mimosas and bloody marys. UPDATE: Brunch buffet canceled.

  3. Lockwood, Loop, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    Bottomless bloody-mary bar features three different mixes, prepared fresh in-house by Chef Gregory Elliott, mixed with a choice of several vodkas, sake or tequila, $10 with the purchase of a brunch entree.

  4. Luxbar, Gold Coast, from 8 a.m.

    A la carte brunch features specialties such as house-made pecan sticky buns ($4) and croissants ($3), house-cured gravlax eggs benedict ($10.50), Gibsons’ marinated USDA prime skirt steak and eggs ($14), house-made granola with dried fruit and milk and a fried egg sandwich with bacon, tomato, onion and cheddar, served with hash browns.

  5. Mac’s, East Village, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Hearty hangover a la carte brunch with dishes such as hous-emade corned-beef hash, with Spanish onions, green and red peppers, Italian parsley, two eggs any-style, white or wheat toast ($8.75); farmer’s breakfast of two biscuits, three-pepper andouille sausage gravy, scrambled eggs and home fries ($9); frosted flake French toast with cinnamon-vanilla egg batter, brioche, crushed frosted flakes and maple syrup ($7); and stuffed banana Nutella French toast ($8.75); plus drink deals including $5.50 bloody marys, $2 PBR pints and $3 Jameson shots. The bar screens the Bears-Vikings game (the last regular season game) at noon and the Bulls-Grizzlies at 7 p.m.

  6. O’Donovan’s Pub and Restaurant, North Center, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., $13.95, $6.95 kids 3–10.

    Chef Victor DeLeon’s all-you-can-eat brunch features South of the Border skillets, an omelet station, sloppy joes, Belgian-waffle station, Buffalo wings, French toast, sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs, ham and prime rib carving stations, pasta, chili dogs, fried chicken, a chocolate fondue fountain, eggs made to order, salads, fruits, sweets, and more. Drink specials include: $3 Bud & Bud Light bottles; $8 Miller Lite and Coors Light pitchers; $5 salty dogs; $5 screwdrivers; $5 white trash mimosas; $5 Pinnacle bombs; and $4 Knot shots.

  7. Park Grill, Loop, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., $30, $12 kids 12 and under.

    Buffet offers “hangover-happy” foods such as ham-and-cheese French toast, banana and nutella pancakes, mushroom and spinach benedict, flat-iron steak with chimichurri, biscuits and spicy gravy. Brunch cocktails and a bloody-mary bar will be available.

  8. Pinstripes, Northbrook and South Barrington, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., $24, $14 for kids 6–12; free for kids 5 and under.

    Chef Cesar Gutierrez’s brunch buffet includes waffles, made-to-order omelets, carved prime rib, fresh seafood, salad bar and desserts, accompanied by a create-your-own bloody mary bar or a mimosa made from freshly squeezed juice. Bowl or play bocce before or after brunch.

  9. Tozi Korean BBQ, Wicker Park, 12:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

    Tteok mandoo kuk served all day, $9.95. The traditional Korean New Year’s soup features rice cake and dumplings in a beef-bone broth.

  10. Zed451, River North, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., $29.

    All-you-can-eat, breakfast and lunch selections plus $3 mimosas and $5 house-made bloody marys, complete with gourmet garnish.