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The Brunch Dish: M. Henrietta

Dining at m.henrietta is like wrapping yourself in a blanket knit by your grandma. Everything about this cottage-esque Edgewater nook wafts of comfort, most especially the "screw the New Yearʼs resolutions" menu of sweet and savory indulgences. More

The Brunch Dish: The Bristol

While chef Chris Pandel famously serves up some of the cityʼs most intriguingly meaty fare at dinner, some of the best dishes on the weekend brunch menu are just as hearty. Interspersed with a few sweet dishes, brunch is a showcase for eye-opening foods of a savory persuasion. More

The Brunch Dish: Sublime Sweet and Savory French Toast at Nopa, San Francisco

The french toast at Nopa is justly famous; as much a custard as a breadstuff, loose and weeping cream as you press your fork in. The secret is a base of eggy pan de mie (soaked in lots of cream), just crisped on the edges and crowned with honey butter. This winter's version is strewn with strands of meyer lemon marmalade; syrup is optional and a little obscene. Even a half order is really more than one person can handle. Instead, go family style, and choose something savory first. More

Is The NoMad's $26 Brunch Chicken Sandwich Worth It?

When I heard that The NoMad was offering a sandwiched version of their incredible chicken—foie gras, truffles, brioche, and all—on their brunch menu for only $26, I suddenly thought to myself, hey, now I can finally afford to eat Daniel Humm's roast chicken whenever the mood strikes, before my line of thought stopped with a big mental record-scratch: wait a minute. That's a $26 chicken sandwich. Could it possibly be worth the price? I saw it as my duty to find out. More

The Brunch Dish: Croque Madame at Birchwood Kitchen

Birchwood Kitchen's Croque Madame is the ideal dish if you're not sure you want breakfast or lunch. The country ham, gruyere cheese, and Dijon mustard on hearty grilled sourdough bread all make for a memorable sandwich, but the sunny side up eggs on top of the dish serve as a nice reminder that the clock hasn't hit noon just yet. More

The Brunch Dish: Meat Omelet at Branch 27

In all my brunch adventures so far, I have tried to stay away from obvious American brunch staples in hopes of exploring Chicago's more unique offerings. Noble Square's Branch 27 made me venture back to the safety zone, however, with their version of everyone's favorite egg dish: the omelet. More

The Brunch Dish: Old Town Breakfast at Old Town Social

For all the fancy reinterpretations of brunch classics I have tried since the start of this column, sometimes it's nice to remember what prompted my love of that special time in-between breakfast and lunch. Old Town Social serves up a basic no-frills breakfast dish that prompted me to remember this past weekend why the classics are just as important as their modern breakfast bedfellows. More

The Brunch Dish: Breakfast Burrito at Wishbone

Sometimes it is necessary to go back to brunch basics. That's definitely the case when you're dealing with one particular time-honored brunch tradition: the hangover. Finding myself with that all-too-familiar feeling recently, Wishbone's breakfast burrito was thankfully able to cure my ailment. More

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