Brunch Bites At Chicago Restaurants
(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. 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.