Brunch Plans: Kanela

—Elle Eichinger | June 22, 2012 | Homepage Latest The Latest

Though this week it began serving dinner—and we’re salivating over stuffed meatballs with fresh mozzarella and spicy tomato sauce—Kanela Breakfast Club is, even in name, inherently a breakfast and brunch destination. And with a brand-new enclosed outdoor patio, it’s the perfect summertime spot.

Kanela means “cinnamon” in Greek, a nod to the ethnic flavors hinted at in many of the menu items. (In fact, the menu replaces most instances of the American word for the Greek translation: the sinfully sweet monkey bread has kanela and honey butter, or try the classic kanela roll.) After a short but delicious list of starters, the options are divided into “sweet” and “savory” dishes, but one of our favorites—bacon waffles—combines the two with bacon, bourbon caramel, and bacon powder.

If it’s lunch you’re craving, Kanela’s take on a grilled cheese sandwich is ultra-gourmet: aged cheddar and baby Swiss cheeses are accompanied by caramelized onions, and a fried egg or bacon, piled on pumpernickel bread. The lamb burger is classically Greek with kalamata olives, cucumber, tomato, red onion, and house-made tzatziki sauce. But the best part? Kanela sources local and organic ingredients wherever possible.

To wash it all down, bottomless mimosas are a must, or try the pick-me-up Kanela latte with cinnamon Kahlua, coffee, and steamed milk.

This Sunday, June 24, mention the Pride Parade Special (7:30 AM–3:30 PM) and receive a free appetizer. 3231 N. Clark St., Lakeview, 773-248-1622

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