Brunch Bites: New NOSHables and Brunch for Lunch at Big Jones Restaurant
Chicago's newest way to brunch is by noshing at The NOSH. The weekly food market in Wicker Park brings together a broad mix of movers and shakers in the city's food scene, amassing a tasty melting pot of eclectic eats for guests to peruse and sample. The roster of food vendors is always shifting, augmenting some weekly staples with newcomers and keeping the roster fresh. It's not brunch in the traditional sense (no bottomless mimosas here), but rather a fun alternative and a unique space to get your fill of weekend morning grub. The latest entry to The NOSH pantheon is Starland, a new restaurant from chef Theo Gilbert of Ripasso and Terragusto acclaim. Starland will dazzle attendees this Saturday with housemade squash cappellacci strewn with brown butter, sage, and amaretti cookies, as well as slow-roasted pork sandwiches with arugula and rosemary oil. Other noshables this weekend include fresh tamales from Mixteco Grill, contemporary Asian eats from Bento Box, and two competition barbecue aficionados: Fat Kat'z BBQ and Head's Red BBQ. The NOSH is free to attend, though dishes obviously cost money. This isn't your living room, guys. It takes place every Saturday at the A.N. Pritzker School playground in Wicker Park from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
One of the world's greatest injustices is that brunch is not an everyday repast like breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Sometimes you just wake up in the middle of the week craving brunch and all the delicious lethargy that accompanies it. Why should anyone be deprived of this? Thankfully, Big Jones addresses these cravings by adding weekend brunch dishes to its weekday lunch menu, allowing patrons to get their mid-week fill of eggs and griddled goodness. While the restaurant's fried chicken Boarding House Lunch has been madly popular, chef/owner Paul Fehribach has been looking to expand his lunchtime offerings, and where better to turn than brunch? After all, brunch is basically just lunch's sassy, indulgent sibling. For his latest menu additions, Fehribach turned to some of his favorite brunch recipes, including eggs New Orleans, buckwheat banana pancakes, breakfast pozole, and omelettes.
(Eggs New Orleans at Big Jones. Photo: Big Jones)