Brunch Bites At Chicago Restaurants

In this week's batch of brunch bites, Parson's Chicken & Fish gets in on the brunch game, Nico Osteria adds breakfast, Brunch does beermosas, and Yolk continues to expand.

Parson's Chicken & Fish brunch
(Chicken and biscuit at Parson's Chicken & Fish. Photo: Parson's Chicken & Fish)

Following in the tradition of its ampersand older brother, Longman & Eagle, Parson's Chicken & Fish is now serving weekend brunch. It's a concise selection of brunch staples, jazzed up with a bit of Parson's flair. Expect fried chicken and biscuits with sunny-side up egg, orange honey, and lemon aïoli; chilaquiles with ancho chile, pinto beans, scrambled eggs, and Chihuahua; green chile-braised pork stew with poached egg and warm tortillas; a Monte Cristo with tasso pork belly, Gruyère, aïoli, and bourbon maple syrup; and something called Parson's Early Riser, a humble medley of two eggs, bagel, and hashbrowns. To drink, don't miss the beerdriver, a riff on a screwdriver made with Hamm's and orange juice.

Elsewhere in town, another fish-friendly restaurant just added daily breakfast to its repertoire (and lunch). Full menus aren't currently available, but you can bet the breakfast fare at Nico Osteria is as top-tier as the nautical Italian dinner menu, with an emphasis on pristine sourcing, simple preparations, and beautiful presentations. For instance, the dish pictured below.

Breakfast at Nico Osteria
(Breakfast at Nico Osteria. Photo: Nico Osteria)

In other beer brunch news, the aptly named Brunch restaurant in River North just added a weekly booze promo. Every Saturday, guests can enjoy $5 mimosas and $7 beermosas. That's beer + Champagne + orange juice for the uninitiated.

The ever-burgeoning Yolk brunch empire continues to grow with the opening of its fourth location in the West Loop at 500 W. Madison Ave. Now you're never too far from a plate of Irish eggs Benedict or cinnamon roll French toast.