Brunch Bites: mEAT and Carnivale

In this week's batch of brunch bites, mEAT in Streeterville launches brunch and Carnivale celebrates Waffle Week.

(Skewer city at mEAT) 

Streeterville, you have a new brunch destination. Lakeview-based restaurant mEAT recently opened in the downtown 'hood and they've newly implemented weekend brunch service as well. Classic American fare with a quirky twist is the name of the game at mEAT, evidenced in dishes such as breakfast fondue, hot bacon flatbread, cinnamon bun skewers, breakfast mac and cheese, and bourbon-glazed Belgian waffles. To drink, there's coffee, affogato, orange sherbet mimosas, breakfast margaritas, mango lime foam bellinis, and more. 

PSA: this week is National Waffle Week, so you've officially got an excuse to go nuts and binge on waffles. Specifically, the churro-stye waffle with sugar, cinnamon, and Mexican chocolate ganache at Carnivale. Or the chicken and waffles with Cuban-Korean spiced crispy chicken and chipotle maple syrup. Damn. Aka Carnivale is the perfect place to cap off Waffle Week at their Sunday brunch September 7. Wash it all down with a bacon Bloody Mary infused with Midwestern pork belly. 

- Matt Kirouac