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From a newly launched Bloody Mary cart to a French spin on eggs Benedict, here’s a taste of what’s new for 2015 in Chicago’s ever-expanding brunch scene (because it's never too early in the week to decide where you're brunching his weekend).
Extended brunch hours are coming to The Signature Room.
WHY: Chef Cardel Reid’s brunch has seen so much success that, as of January 10, it will be available on both Saturdays and Sundays. The fixed-price affair runs 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and includes a brunch entrée, full access to the brunch buffet, and a champagne cocktail of your choosing.
BEST DISH: Sweet tooth-satisfying French toast bread pudding made with chestnut mascarpone, apricot chutney, and your choice of bacon or turkey sausage. 875 N. Michigan Ave., 312-787-9596
Osteria Langhe offers their version of biscuits and gravy.
WHY: The newly minted Sunday brunch service at this popular Piemontese destination checks all the boxes for the makings of a great weekend meal: a cozy atmosphere, six delicious brunch-y cocktails like the Letherbee gin-based Ristoro with Cocchi Americano Rosa and lime, and eclectic eats like a spin on biscuits and gravy made with Bang Bang Pie biscuits, carbonara gravy, fried eggs, and fresh jalapeño for a nice kick.
BEST DISH: Though it’s more of a side than a full-sized entrée, the effortlessly balanced chocolate hazelnut-dipped, thick-cut bacon makes us wish we started eating bacon this way ages ago. 2824 W. Armitage Ave., 773-661-1582
Barley & Brass provides a cozy setting for weekend brunch.
WHY: After opening in late 2014, Division Street's newest casual-cool neighborhood gastropub has extended its weekend hours to satisfy Chicago’s collective craving for everything from green eggs and ham to chicken and waffles.
BEST DISH: When French toast is smothered in caramelized bananas, there’s not much room left for anything else. (But we could try...) 2015 W. Division St., 312-763-9600
Enjoy tableside Bloodies at Davanti Enoteca.
WHY: Italian-inspired brunch is nothing new for this River North hot spot, but thanks to a recently installed Bloody Mary cart prime for tableside cocktail service, what’s old is new again.
BEST DISH: Truffle egg toast (what else would you expect from the restaurant that brought us the Every Day We’re Trufflin' menu?) with earthy fontina and asparagus. 30 E. Hubbard St., 312-605-5900
Brunch goes bold at West Loop’s Bar Takito
WHY: Starting January 24, Takito Kitchen’s colorful sister restaurant will officially launch brunch service, complete with fun, brunch-approved cocktails and Latin-inspired, shareable dishes.
BEST DISH: Chef David Dworshak’s creative breakfast tacos, which include a beer tortilla, chorizo, potato, egg, Oaxacan cheese, pickled chilis, cilantro, and pepitas for a bit of crunch. 201 N. Morgan St., 312-888-9485
Raise a glass to Mon Ami Gabi’s new Sunday brunch.
WHY: Beginning January 25, this elegant Lincoln Park restaurant will offer a weekly Sunday brunch from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. packed with rich, comforting French-inspired eats and mimosas served tableside from a champagne cart.
BEST DISH: Fully loaded beef bourguignon Benedict laden with bacon, pearl onions, mushrooms, and creamy, house-made hollandaise. Belden Stratford, 2300 N. Lincoln Park West, 773-248-8886