Welcome to the Brunch Directory - a complete list of over 150 restaurants to get brunch in Chicago. You could memorize this list so you can tell people you have an encylopedic knowledge of brunch spots in the city. Or just use it to pick a place for your next midday feast.
We update this guide pretty frequently with new brunches around the city, so check back as soon as you’ve been to every place on the list (or maybe before that). Happy waffle eating.
Where most River North places are made to look sleek and elegant, Centennial looks like the hull of a Colonial ship. Be prepared for large portions of heavy food, plus bottomless mimosas and beermosas.
Portsmith is a hotel restaurant, and it feels like one - but their seafood-focused menu is excellent (with a few vegan options like the black bean burger), and they have a $20 bottomless mimosa deal at brunch on the weekends.
This welcoming spot showcases the lighter side of Mediterranean food, like hummus and grilled octopus. At brunch, you can order shared plates or heartier mains, and the spread sampler with housemade bread lets you try a lot of flavors at once.
This California-inspired restaurant in River North is huge, loud, always busy, and perfect for brunch. You can start with their baked goods and shareables before moving on to their mains, which range from eggs benedict to pork chops to okonomiyaki.
A casual River North restaurant that’s full of sunlight and good for both friends and your parents. The pastries are excellent if you only want to pop in for a light bite, but the weekend brunch menu has plenty of hits.
Any meal at Mercadito is best when accompanied by margaritas, so that should definitely be part of your brunch plan. Chilaquiles are always a strong move.
Hub 51 is more laid-back on the weekends than it is on weeknights. Either the lemon skinny or cinnamon roll pancakes should be on the table for sharing, and the breakfast tacos are excellent, too.
BBQ for brunch? Sure, why not. Expect the same Southern vibes that are present at Bub City every other day of the week. If you like to brunch late then expect live music, too.
This is a sceney Italian restaurant that’s a little more reserved on the weekend. It’s a pretty standard brunch menu (with things like pancakes and smoked salmon), but there’s nothing wrong with that. Just don’t forget an order of the monkeybread.
Sunda is a River North spot that’s always full of pretty people and consistently serves great food. That holds true at their Asian-inspired brunch.
The brunch menu at this Peruvian restaurant in River North is much shorter than their dinner menu. But the food is just as good, with dishes like fried eggs with beef cheek and chimichurri and the sounds-gross-but-isn’t avocado toast topped with raisins and a quail egg.
If you’re looking for an excellent and slightly more upscale Mexican brunch, then you can be sure Rick Bayless will deliver. Frontera is good any time of day.
A nicer seafood restaurant that does a decadent Sunday buffet-style brunch for $65. Makes for a good family meal.
A hotel bar and restaurant with a surprisingly strong brunch menu. It doesn’t feel like a hotel crowd, which is a good thing.
A trendy small plates seafood spot that has more substantial solo items at brunch. Oysters and seafood are still what you want. Or chicken and waffles. We’ll allow that, too.
This mini chain from Colorado has a lovely industrial space. It’s definitely a bit high-class for brunch, but not a bad River North move.
One of the few places on Michigan Avenue that’s not a tourist trap. The pig-centric brunch menu is great any time of year.
The hybrid salad bar, burger bar, and coffee shop has now added a buffet-style brunch on the weekends, so you can practically live at 3 Greens all week. The brunch buffet has everything from eggs to chilaquiles to pancakes. And of course you can still get a Small Cheval burger and Doughnut Vault old fashioned donuts.
Bernie’s has quickly climbed up the ladder as one of our go-to spots to eat, and that includes brunch on the weekends. Go heavy with the shrimp and grits, or keep it light with a lox plate or seasonal market fruit. Try the “patio crusher” cocktails.
Somerset serves nearly universally appealing food - some of our favorite dishes in Chicago. Be sure to get the smoked beet tartare and the surprisingly filling kale & brussels sprout salad, which are both available at brunch as well as dinner.
RL - Ralph Lauren Restaurant
The restaurant that’s part of the Ralph Lauren store is everything you’d expect it to be: a little stuffy, with white tablecloths and people wearing a lot of Ralph Lauren. Come here for an upscale brunch with dishes like smoked salmon and crab cakes benedict. Then go buy a polo shirt.
A Chicago staple in the Viagra Triangle that’s always busy no matter the time of year. The food is solid, and there is excellent people watching.
Basically the same as Tavern On Rush, but a little more hip and cool. The food is solid but never amazing. The people watching, however, can’t be beat.
The chain pancake restaurant delivers the goods when it comes to pancakes. The special Dutch Baby is the star, but any of the pancakes and waffles make for a quality brunch.
BBQ in a slightly more upscale space. Combine all of your favorite meats with eggs and potatoes.
A typical 24-hour diner that’s good for eggs and pancakes any time of day. Feel free to get brunch at Tempo at 3 a.m.
An upscale Italian seafood restaurant that we think is best hit for brunch. The open windows make it a lovely place to sit on a nice day, which is doubly true when you can use the patio.
A classic Chicago steakhouse that you might not realize has a rather cheap brunch menu. Eggs benedict for $10.50 is a better deal than you’ll get at most other places, and Gibson’s is always a nice place to sit.
Sunny Side Up & Coffee Shoppe
A cute little cafe serving typical American brunch staples.
A modern take on the traditional French bistro. Plus, there’s an hour and a half bottomless mimosa deal for $18.95 with the purchase of food.
The stunningly beautiful space inside of a giant Restoration Hardware is an excellent place to hang and eat brunch. Expect a wait on the weekends and expect a lot of people sitting around drinking champagne with their meals.
The “Struggle Bus Brunch” at Happy Camper is almost identical to the brunch menu at their sister restaurant, Homeslice. Pair the breakfast sliders with the french toast sticks for maximum satisfaction.
Greek-inspired breakfast that’s become a local mini chain. The Old Town location is in an area where there’s not a lot of other options for brunch, which makes this Kanela a valuable place.
An Old Town staple for a casual meal any time of day.
Marisol, located inside the Museum of Contemporary Art, serves seasonal American food, and their menu changes frequently. Expect wide-ranging brunch options like salads, burgers, scrambles, and French toast, all served in a sleek and modern space.
West Egg has been around long enough to earn a spot on this directory for longevity alone. It’s a pretty standard diner, serving anything and everything. There are better places to go to brunch, but West Egg is easy and filling, and sits in a bit of a diner desert, so it’s a solid option for anyone who finds themselves in Streeterville at midday.
The second Beatrix location in Streeterville is a nice addition to the neighborhood. It has a good pastry counter and is a solid weekend brunch spot just like its twin restaurant in River North.
In the Chicago Athletic Association hotel on Michigan Avenue, Cindy’s is one giant greenhouse with communal seating, a large bar, and a show-stopping three-season patio. It’s made for boozy brunches, with a full cocktail menu and dishes like pancakes served in both single and shareable portions.
A reliable breakfast spot just off Michigan Avenue near The Bean. There’s not much else like it in the area, so if you’re around these parts, Wildberry is a good spot.
The Gage is like an upscale restaurant and bar that pours a great Guinness and has good food, too. It’s in an old building from the 1800s that’s now a Chicago landmark, and it’s one of our favorite options for something next to Millennium Park.
A classic Jewish deli with a bit of a modern flare. We lament the lack of Jewish delis in the city, and Eleven City Diner has what you might be craving - from lox to an excellent corn beef omelet.
A Spanish spot that has pretty good food, but definitely plays to its hotel crowd. Still, you might be looking for an option in this area, and it’s a solid one.
The last remaining old-school Chicago deli was given a facelift, and the space is bigger and better than ever. A corned beef or pastrami sandwich with a potato pancake on the side is the veteran move, or check out the deli counter with a great fish selection.
This is one of our favorite spots to grab brunch in Bridgeport. Nana serves all kinds of delicious Mexican-inspired cuisine, including some great “soyrizo” options for vegetarians.
We’re big fans of everything The Duck Inn does, including brunch. The duck confit hash is an obvious choice, but get whatever sounds good. The patio is perfect when it’s nice outside.
5 Rabanitos is a casual, affordable Mexican restaurant in Pilsen, and the fact that it’s also BYOB makes it that much more appealing. Come here for a weekend brunch full of chilaquiles, tortas, and enchiladas.
This spot offers brunch two ways on weekends: a la carte or a $25 tasting. Both will have enjoyable dishes, served in a casual dining space. Get the fried chicken wings, which are among the better things on the menu.
Cement walls and some pretty dramatic uplighting give this space an industrial feel, but the food here looks and tastes delicious. There’s a three-course brunch prix fixe menu, plus a la carte items for the table to share. Order the black truffle croquettes and roasted root salad.
The brunch menu here has diner classics alongside some seafood specialties like oysters and mussels. The interior of Monnie Burke’s feels a little like a chain restaurant, but it’s perfect for a group outing.
Around since 2012, Pl-zen is big on being a part of its titular neighborhood. There’s a mix of everything on the menu, from burgers to tortas to a selection of benedicts. It’s a great spot for brunch with friends.
Dusek’s is in Pilsen, right next to Thalia Hall. Come here for the Dutch baby pancake and chicken and waffles. Stay until The Punch Room opens downstairs, then maybe see about catching a show next door. In other words, you can practically live here.
You might not think of pork carnitas for brunch, but weekend mornings are when Don Pedro is most crowded with regulars. If the regulars are going then it means you should, too.
A versatile destination spot that serves great modern American food, The Promontory has other things going for it, too, like its huge outdoor patio and upstairs music venue.
This upscale Southern restaurant is one of our favorite date night spots in Hyde Park, but you might want to move your date up to brunch hours so you can try their crunchy french toast.
Brunch at this upscale yet comfortable spot includes all the favorites from their daily breakfast menu, plus some specialties like “The Allis Tower” smoked salmon platter with all the fixings, for two or four people.
The food at this upscale hotel restaurant is on the bland side, but everything is prepared well, and their brunch options are inoffensive enough to appeal to a wide range of diners. Come here for a West Loop consensus option.
This spot is one of Chicago’s Italian all-stars, and their housemade pastas are so good that they know you’ll be craving them at all hours of the day - so they open early on weekends to help you get your fill.
Duck Duck Goat - one of the restaurants in Chicago’s growing “Goat” dining empire - pays tribute to classic Chinese American dishes while putting its own spin on things. Their Sunday brunch includes many of the favorites from the dinner menu, and some additions like “Crunchy, Messy, Tasty Wings.”
Aba is a big, trendy restaurant in the West Loop. They have a bouncer, a valet, and constant crowds - but they actually serve really good Mediterranean dishes, and their brunch includes options like peaches and feta, shakshuka, and various kebabs over rice.
If you’re familiar with Siena Tavern in River North, think of Bar Siena as its younger, cooler, and not as fancy little West Loop cousin. The brunch menu here is helpfully divided between sweet and savory items, with many different options (more on the savory side).
An old school diner on the original beginnings of Route 66. Lou Mitchell’s has historical significance to Chicago, and it’s historically made a great early morning and afternoon meal. Always a strong choice.
Mad Social is bringing even more warehouse vibes to the West Loop, but the food, including brunch, is actually somewhat interesting. Try the short rib benedict.
You could spend all day in the public spaces at Soho House if you’d like. Start in The Allis for a coffee, work your way to Chicken Shop for brunch, and stick around for drinks at Foxbar. It makes for a nice little day.
When Avec started serving brunch, it was one small step for man and one giant leap for mankind. The West Loop staple and favorite does a great job at brunch, which includes an excellent breakfast pizza. You want a breakfast pizza.
For those of you unable to make it to PQM during the week since they aren’t open for dinner, you’re really missing out. It’s the more casual cafe version of The Publican, and it’s a great meal. Don’t sleep on the butcher’s breakfast.
If you want a more formal experience than PQM, then hit up its sister restaurant The Publican for Sunday brunch. They do the type of brunch dishes you won’t see other places, like red wine-poached eggs.
The best burger in town, hands down. If you’re getting it for brunch, then you obviously need to add the thick-cut bacon and a sunny side egg, too. Consider splitting the burger and the duck heart hash with a friend - the hash is the sleeper item on the menu.
Latin flavors with a space full of bright colors. The brunch menu has everything from chilaquiles to smoked salmon flatbread to a Spanish benedict with serrano ham. No complaints about that.
Sunday brunch, South American-style. La Sirena is all about Argentinian and Brazilian flavors in a cool Fulton Market space.
A 1950s-era diner that honors its meat-and-three roots with an egg-n-three at brunch. There are many other interesting things on the menu, too - want to order a brunch item literally called a “bucket of chicken and waffles”? St Lou’s Assembly is your spot, and there’s also an awesome outdoor patio in the back.
Little Goat has an all-over-the-place menu with things like hot crab dip and “bull’s eye french toast” with fried chicken on it. Sometimes the dishes are so crazy they don’t actually work, but it’s something you should try for yourself. The space is great, so there’s that.
The Breakfast Club is the restaurant your grandma would run if your grandma ran a restaurant. You can’t miss it – just look for the white and pink house.
Cool-looking two-story space with an eclectic menu, good outdoor area, and great cocktails.
This casual BYOB spot on Western has all kinds of good stuff. If you’re looking for a new brunch spot to add to your rotation, make it a point to hit Bite Cafe. Nobody ever said no to breakfast poutine.
The atmosphere is the main draw here, since the dining room looks like a movie set for a Wes Anderson jungle adventure. At brunch, they’ve got large-format cocktails and many hearty dishes like funnel cake and pork cheek fried rice.
A German-themed restaurant with cuckoo clocks and hip-hop whose brunch menu has garlicky pretzels, steak and eggs for two, and the abbreviation “schnitz”? Yes to all of the above. Enjoy.
A small BYOB in West Town with the Feel Good Factor, Soule can be hard to get into, but once you sit down and try their creole-inspired soul food, you won’t want to leave. (And since it opens at 2pm on Sundays, it’s perfect for people who sleep in and wake up hungry.)
Flo is all about New Mexican favorites like huevos verdes with Christmas-colored chili. You’ll undoubtedly get distracted by their french toast, which comes covered in either Fruity or Cocoa Pebbles. Get an order for the table, but make sure to try the classic New Mexican dishes, too.
An excellent Puerto Rican restaurant that has brunch every day of the week. Enjoy an omelet with sweet plantains and a bowl of coconut oatmeal. Or, come on the weekend to eat all of it when they serve a buffet.
Feed has the feel of a Southern cafeteria and the menu to match. Come here for things like a pulled pork hash or fried green tomato benedict.
Cafe Marie-Jeanne is a cafe in Humboldt Park that serves a wide range of French dishes. You’ll find things on the menu like caviar toast, monte cristos, and trout omelets.
This gastropub on Division Street in Wicker Park is small and bar-like, with a great Indian-influenced menu and English cocktails. A decent amount of the menu can be made both vegan and gluten-free.
This place focuses on making delicious fried and jerk chicken, and they do that very well. On weekends, your brunch options expand to five items (shrimp and grits, French toast, beignets, chicken and waffles, a sunny egg and biscuit), and you’ll be tempted to order all of them. We encourage it.
Paradise Park has satisfying brunch food (including breakfast pizzas and calzones) and an over-the-top atmosphere. The theme here is “kitschy trailer park,” with flamingo lawn ornaments, swing sets, and a Winnebago out on the patio.
Ina Mae is an understated New Orleans-inspired spot in Wicker Park. There are great po’boys here, which they serve a brunch version of on weekends. Other options include a seafood tower and boozy slushies.
We won’t tell you what to order at Cebu - their diverse Filipino brunch menu means you have your choice of many interesting dishes - as long as you promise to order the fluffy Pandesal bread while you’re there.
Consistently delicious Southern food means you can order anything on this brunch menu, from red hot tamales to spiced rice donuts, and it’ll be a great experience. Complete with a quiet back patio and reasonable prices.
Both locations of Big Star serve brunch, but we always recommend the Wicker Park location. A short menu of breakfast tacos pair well with their brunch cocktails, like the Bloody Mary or the Lizard Boots.
The menu at Mott Street is Korean street food at its core, but with Chinese, Japanese, Thai, and even Mexican flavors in the mix. A majority of the seating at this lively spot is communal, and everything is meant to be shared. There’s also a great outdoor patio on which to enjoy your Bowl of Awesome (an actual item on their brunch menu, involving yogurt and a whole lot of other stuff).
Etta is the quintessential BCR (or Big Chicago Restaurant), with two floors, two big bars, and a rooftop patio. Much like the space itself, the brunch menu here is huge, complete with pastries, pizzas, and morning cocktails.
Tex-Mex food meets ’60s counter-style diner meets blues music on repeat. Dove’s is one of the more unique places you can eat.
There’s a real local feel to this place, one that makes you want to sit, eat, drink, and hang out all day. The menu is mostly vegetarian, the patio is mostly shaded, and the prices are mostly unbeatable.
There are a few Bongo Room locations around, and they are all virtually the same. You still want the chocolate tower french toast.
A cool space with a minimal brunch menu, but one where everything is executed well. The cinnamon roll has tons of icing, the burger is extra thick, and the Basque cake is an all-time great pastry as either an appetizer or dessert.
This charming restaurant in Logan Square uses seasonal local ingredients, and it’s the kind of place where the servers will tell you everything about the produce you’re about to eat. All you really need to know is that it gets assembled into some excellent brunch plates.
Tacos are the main event here, and the breakfast tacos are fine enough, but head to this sunny and relaxing spot for the queso, nachos, and fried chicken torta.
This bright brew pub is open every day (except Tuesday) at 7am, and their delicious housemade bread makes them a great brunch option when you want nothing more than a heap of pecan butter slathered on a slice of whole grain toast.
Fried chicken is the main attraction at Parson’s (along with their amazing patio), but the brunch menu wisely moves the seasonal cobbler up from the dinner menu’s dessert section, and there’s a Belgian waffle and huevos rancheros, too.
There’s good drinking food here, in case you do brunch that way: waffle fries, nachos, and some excellent burgers. Indoor and outdoor fireplaces make this a perfectly decent spot year-round.
This Logan Square staple is hit or miss, but the brunch is usually solid. It’s a cozy setting that’s perfect for holing up in the winter, or you can sit on their small patio outside when it’s hot.
An artisanal approach to classic American brunch. Order the custardy French toast or one of the fluffy omelettes.
Upscale British pub food, good for dinner or weekend brunch. The pastries are always great, and the burger is excellent.
Reno makes their own bagels, which are pretty good. Go for one of their breakfast sandwiches like The Nando, with homemade chorizo, eggs, and cheddar on their wood-fired bagels. A breakfast pizza isn’t a bad choice, either.
Who doesn’t want to eat brunch at a brewhouse that’s making their own beer?
Another long-time Logan Square favorite right on the square. A neighborhood spot that’s always busy and has a mix of great food.
Meat free since ’83. The Chicago Diner is the most well-known vegan restaurant in the city. Breakfast and brunch is a great intro to vegan food for whoever needs one, and we advocate for everyone giving this place a try.
Excellent biscuits and breakfast sandwiches, and excellent pie. That’s breakfast heaven right there. The small shop is one of the best places around, and the outdoor area feels like you’re sitting in a friend’s backyard.
A tiny, 20-seat restaurant that makes fancy toast and other things that taste especially good on a weekend morning.
Homeslice is just quality pizza served in a great space. Their brunch features breakfast sandwiches and burritos, but because they know what you’re there for, you can also add an egg to any pizza on the menu and call that brunch.
On weekends, Stella Barra manages to pull off the nearly impossible: an upscale, enjoyable brunch buffet. They mostly serve staples like pancakes, eggs, and breakfast meats, but kids under 10 eat free, and there’s a $5 special on Bloody Marys, mimosas, and bellinis.
North Pond serves a prix fixe Sunday brunch with three courses of seasonal American food. The menu and the surrounding views are both outstanding.
The food here is farm to table, and the menu definitely has a Midwestern feel to it. At brunch, you’ll find omelettes, burgers, and salads if you want to keep it lighter. Lots of plants and little watering cans make the interior feel like a farmhouse, with a large skylight brightening up the space.
You can literally escape to California in here. Or at least it’ll feel that way. Make sure to check out the pastry counter, particularly the cookies.
With its proximity to DePaul, Toast is the kind of place you have college brunches at. Hungover brunches, is what we mean.
The cozy French bistro inside the fancy Belden Stratford apartment building is now serving brunch. The French menu is way more low-key than the apartment building it sits in.
French toast is the specialty at popular Lincoln Park spot Batter & Berries, and they have options like blueberry, strawberry, lemon, and caramel. But the best strategy is to order the flight, which has all four. If sweet breakfasts aren’t your thing, order one of their deconstructed omelettes.
A slightly Americanized version of a Spanish tapas spot. Pancake tapas are the perfect fusion of Spanish and American cuisine.
CBA is all about their bagel steamwiches - sandwiches on a bagel that are steamed as their method of heating. A good carry-out spot that also has a few tables if you want to eat there.
This Italian spot specializes in wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas, all of which are still available on their brunch menu. Add an egg to any pizza to make it feel instantly more brunchy.
We come to Zia’s for brunch for two reasons: the fantastic patio and the bottomless brunch. Just be aware, this place is always crowded, and they put a two-hour limit on the amount of time you have to drink mimosas.
Fireplaces and sofas make this place feel like a luxury furniture store, but their brunch is great for a whole range of appetites. You can split one of their shareable boards (baked goods, meats and pickles, or cheese), or entrees that emphasize seasonal produce.
Farm-to-table is the main theme at Southport & Irving, and the bottomless brunch is a close second. Try everything from homemade beignets, to a seasonal quiche, to a gut-busting biscuits and gravy, and pair with numerous mimosas.
This sleek restaurant attached to Schubas serves some very good food. The weekend brunch menu includes an odd but delicious assortment of bagels, dutch pancakes, and breakfast ramen.
A pretty typical Lakeview breakfast spot with one caveat – a bacon flight. Tastings of maple pepper bacon, jalapeno bacon, cherry smoked bacon, and mesquite bacon. You need that.
This spot is a combination wine shop and Argentinean bistro open for brunch every day. They only serve the chilaquiles on weekends, but always have ravioli, caprese, soups, and empanadas.
Hutch serves brunch all week long. That’s important to know.
One of our favorite brunch spots in Chicago, no question. It’s a hybrid restaurant and small shop, and everything is exceptional. We love the bread pudding pancakes.
Uncommon Ground supports the farm fresh, local, organic movement to the fullest. They’re serious about providing local goods, and it’s a good local spot to hang.
A daytime only spot that serves breakfast and lunch every day of the week but Tuesday. Mortar and Pestle doesn’t only serve standard breakfast food - it has some edge. Try something interesting like the foie gras and eggs or the muesli with brûléed bananas.
Angelina has been in Lakeview for over 30 years, and the champagne brunch is still going strong. The menu is short and uncomplicated (with dishes like French toast and a frittata) but 10 out of 10 hungover bridesmaids agree: you’re here for the bottomless mimosas.
A frequently changing menu at this intimate Ravenswood brewery and restaurant means that the upscale brunch food ranges from chilled caviar dishes to a hot croque madame. Expect to pay a bit more for the quality.
Like any respectable diner, Glenn’s serves breakfast all day, but there’s a special extended menu on the weekends - and true to form, that menu is about a mile long. Expect some seafood specials alongside the typical waffles and eggs.
A little Ravenswood breakfast spot that’ll serve you coffee in line. That’s customer service.
The original Bang Bang Pie owners left in order to start Baker Miller, and it’s just as awesome. Toast never tasted so good, plus you’ll want to eat all of the pastries and pie on the menu.
Swedish specialties like your grandma used to make if you were Swedish, or like the Ikea cafeteria serves (better, really) if you’re not. Food here is the real deal, and this neighborhood cafe showcases both traditional and modern takes on Swedish food.
In need of a good restaurant in Lincoln Square? This is the spot right here. Sit at the bar and watch the chefs at work in the open kitchen at this light and homey space, or sit on their back patio when it’s nice out. The pastries are great.
We love Luella’s because it’s casual, BYOB, and serves familiar food with outrageous flavor. Opt for the delicious kale ambrosia salad if you’re not feeling the heavier Southern delicacies they specialize in.
Southern cooking at its finest. We’re all about the shrimp and grits at Big Jones, and the weekend beignets are a strong move.
Head to Bar Roma for great rustic Italian food (brunch includes a smoked salmon board and bucatini carbonara) and to feel like you’re living inside the pages of “Charming Italian Countryside Home” magazine.
Octavio is an all-day Mexican restaurant in Andersonville serving brunch on weekdays (along with a long list of tequila and mezcal). It’s a good neighborhood spot for a group get-together.
Another Bongo Room, but the story here remains the same. Chocolate tower french toast is what you want, or at least something like that.
A cozy spot that’s great for a date if you need a good brunch place. The atmosphere during the day isn’t quite as romantic as it is at dinner.
An eclectic Uptown spot that’s kind of a crazy place inside. All sorts of stuff on the walls and a happening bar make for a lot of activity and fun. People like to boozy brunch here.
Our sleeper pick for the best Mexican brunch you don’t know about. Tiztal Cafe is a cozy little place, and the chilaquiles here are so, so good. Make sure to get a horchata milkshake.
A comfy spot with an eclectic menu that has everything from bacon-wrapped baked eggs with polenta to roasted asparagus and prosciutto benedicts.
Pearl’s is a New Orleans–inspired restaurant that doesn’t hit you over the head with its theme, but more than delivers on a cajun-creole menu of brunch options like jambalaya, shrimp and grits, and blackened catfish.
Smack Dab Bakery
It’s a beautiful thing when a brunch place serving delicious sandwiches, quiche, and pastries is also casual enough that you barely have to worry about putting on real clothes to head over in the morning. Head here if that’s a pitch that speaks to you.
Onward is located in the Hampton Inn near the Loyola Campus, and exists primarily as an upscale neighborhood option for parents visiting a Loyola student. Come here for dishes like smoked salmon and poached eggs or an omelette before driving back to Des Moines.
MingHin is large, has several locations, and is open 365 days a year. Their dim sum menu is what’s available for brunch - we recommend the pork buns and dumplings.