The Best of Steakhouse Brunches
Considering the omnipresent popularity of brunch and steakhouses these days in Chicago, it’s no surprise that some of the city’s finest steakhouses are getting in on the weekend action. From hot newcomers to timeworn classics, these are some of Chicago’s best steakhouse brunches.
Rural Society: Brunch adopts a South American accent at Rural Society, Streeterville's Argentine steakhouse from celebrity chef Jose Garces. And it fits quite nicely. The restaurant offers both a la carte and prix fixe brunch options, the latter being a two-course meal with coffee, juice, or tea for $25. Guests get to select from numerous options like ember-roasted beets with orange-coriander vinaigrette, smoked salmon and whitefish salad, roasted red peppers with whipped eggplant, smoked ham on a sweet croissant with egg, an Argentine omelet with Serrano ham, and steak & eggs with chimichurri and spiced potatoes. Non-prix fixe options are quite expansive as well, from Argentine pizzas and chorizo sandwiches to blood sausage and various steak options, all of which can be supplemented with eggs.
Tavern on Rush: The weekend brunch menu at this Gold Coast bastion is as expansive and crowd-pleasing as the dinner fare. A lot of the popularized lunchtime and dinner dishes are available at brunch, including staples like seared Hawaiian tuna, Tavern sliders and Azteca salads with crispy tortilla, avocado, Chihuahua cheese and black bean-corn salsa. These are adjoined by corned beef hash, eggs Lola (apple chicken sausage, chorizo, spinach basil pesto), chilaquiles, skirt steak and eggs, stuffed French toast and more. Currently, look for fall specials like a roasted beet and carrot salad, a king crab and pistachio pesto pizza, and a smoked salmon scramble with red onion, capers, parsley, tomato, bagel and cream cheese.
Chicago Cut: Renowned for its scene-y dinner service, Chicago Cut is also one of the few steakhouses to offer weekday breakfast. It's a good way to kickstart the workday, especially when dishes like corned beef hash and prime NY strip with two poached eggs are available. Other items include beignets, citrus-smoked salmon bagels, eggs Benedict with prime filets, vanilla challah French toast, and Irish oatmeal.
Ditka's Restaurant: Eat like an NFL coach at Ditka's Restaurant, where some of the heftiest, most comforting dishes make up the steakhouse's breakfast menu. This means pot roast hash scramble, biscuits and gravy, fried chicken and waffles, and a tenderloin Benedict with grilled filet medallions, poached eggs, hollandaise, and hash browns.
Petterino's: This Loop standby may best be known for workday lunches and pre-theatre dining, but don't sleep on the weekend brunch either. The restaurant sports a bunch of uncommon brunch cocktails, along with short rib chilaquiles, corned beef skillets, lemon-ricotta pancakes with maple-vanilla custard, bacon and egg sandwiches, and crab cake eggs Benedict, among others.
- Matt Kirouac