Archive for October, 2008

Weekend brunch buzz 11/1-11/2

Given that I pay $6/mo. to share internet with my neighbors, I suppose I’m getting what I pay for when my internet goes out for a week while they are out of town on a business trip. As much as I’d love to update from work, I don’t get paid to do this full-time, soooo, uh,  the Chicago Brunch Blog is kind of half-hearted this week. Sorry, dudes.

For the post-Halloween brunch, O’Donovans is throwing an all-you-can-eat buffet for those who partied down at O’Donovan’s, Kincade’s, Kelsey’s, Kendall’s, and possibly some other Irish bar I’ve failed to mention. Present your ticket stub from Halloween parties thrown at these bars and get your first drink free. Brunch is featured Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. $13.95 for adults and $6.95 for kids 10 and under.

Meanwhile, Matisse Tavern concludes their three day fright fest with a Sunday Bloody Funday brunch from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. featuring $4 bloody marys, $3 bellinis and Nintendo Wii and board games.

If you’re ready to move on from this October shtick, some places are right there with you. Summer is gone and it’s not getting any warmer. Find someone new to share the warmth and the Peoples Gas bill with at the American Dim Sum Singles Brunch at David Burke’s Primehouse on Sunday, Nov. 2 at noon. For 57 bones you can eat less intimidating dim sum in a slightly intimidating singles mingler. Registration is required at

— Carly Fisher


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Weekend brunch buzz 10/25-10/26

The Chicago Brunch Blog will be on vacation this week. Come back next week for slightly spooky post-Halloween brunch events. In the meantime, please feel free to check out the Restaurant Directory to find plenty of brunch times and locations for restaurants in your area.

 — Carly Fisher

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Weekend brunch buzz 10/18-10/19

Despite an onslaught of adverts cracking recession jokes, I have yet to see restaurants crumble with desperation and offer the much needed “recession deals” that broke-ass Americans like myself really need — the exception being alcohol-related. Naturally, amid an economic crisis, booze prevails. Here are some brunch vices you can deal with this weekend.

Brunch is back at Juicy Wine Co. and thank God for that. It may not be the $5 brunch we need, but Harold’s Fried Chicken, Orange Crush waffles, half-priced champagne and the smooth sounds of DJ Puff-E will suffice. The Dirty Bird Bubble Bath soul brunch starts this Sunday, Oct. 19 from 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Juicy Wine Co. is located at  694 N. Milwaukee Ave. in River West. For more information, call 312.492.6620.

Attendants of Twisted Spoke‘s popular Smut & Eggs Saturday night special are probably in it more for the smut than the late-night brunch menu, but the option still stands. But if you can’t stomach hardcore porn and hard-cooked eggs together, the bar and grill offers a biker brunch during normal Sunday morning hours from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Twisted Spoke is located at 501 N. Ogden Ave. in West Town. For more information, call 312.666.1500.

For the financially deprived, Zapatista still has five brunch entrees available for $5 each, which leaves you with a few extra bucks to splurge on a margarita pitcher. Zapatista is located at 1307 S. Wabash Ave. in the South Loop. For more information, call 312.435.1307.

Not sure if this is a vice or a virtue, but it’s definitely something different. Polo Cafe & Catering’s Bloody Mary Brunch features the divine Eggs Benedicto XVI, a “Trinity of poached eggs atop whole-y wheat toast and grilled German bratwurst sausage with creamy St. Basil Pesto Hollandaise sauce and fresh fruit garnish” that is supposedly served with a photo of the dopest pope himself and a candle to keep you company. Brunch is served Saturdays from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Polo Cafe & Catering is located at 3322 S. Morgan St. in Bridgeport. For more information, call 773.927.POLO.

 — Carly Fisher

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Pick your vice at Green Zebra

Zagat beat me to the punch with this one: Chicago’s gourmet vegetarian restaurant, Green Zebra, is offering brunch-goers “a choice between a complimentary five-spice pecan sticky bun or mimosa. For now the offer is expected to last until the end of October, but if guests respond well … the deal may continue.”

Brunch is featured Sundays from 10:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Green Zebra is located at 1460 W. Chicago Ave. in West Town. For more information, call 312.243.7100.

— Carly Fisher

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Weekend brunch buzz 10/11-10/12

45,000 Chicago Marathon runners can’t be wrong: no brunch for you! If you do manage to bypass the masses, go get gluttonous at these brunch spots:

Well, whaddya know? It’s a restaurant in Lincoln Park that is not on the war path and also manages to be healthy enough to make you feel slightly less guilty that you decided to stuff your face instead of running 26 miles! Karyn’s Raw is offering a raw vegan brunch buffet on Sunday, Oct. 12 for $29.99 from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Karyn’s Raw is located at 1901 N. Halsted St. in Lincoln Park. For more information, call 312.255.1590.

For the unconventional brunch goer on the North Side, Viceroy of India features a buffet daily from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for $11.95. Expect more savories than sweets, and probably no French Toast. Or, if you have no one to eat with and/or had a falling out with your best friend and need a quick replacement, wait a week and join the Chicago Brunch Club Meetup group (not affiliated with Chicago Brunch Blog) when they dine at Viceroy on Oct. 18. Viceroy of India is located at 2520 W. Devon Ave. in the Little India neighborhood. For information, call 773.743.4100.

Screw the race and toss back a drink or three at the Blue Line Club Car‘s weekly Hangover Brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.. Bloody Marys can’t get cheaper at $3, which means your hangover won’t get any worse. Blue Line Club Car is located at 1548 N. Damen Ave. in Wicker Park. For more information, call 773.395.3700.

Unless you live in the neighborhood or have some reason to be there, I know Avondale isn’t really the top of the brunch dining destinations. However, Orbit Room‘s Sunday brunch entrees like coconut-dipped French Toast and crab cake benedicts, combined with $5 Mimosas and Bloody Marys and $2 Point Lite Bottles might be worth the trip. The retro-themed bar and grill features brunch on Sundays from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Orbit Room is located at 2959 N. California Ave. in Avondale. For more information, call 773.588.8540.

— Carly Fisher

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Brunch is back at Juicy Wine Co.

What:   Dirty Bird Bubble Bath Soul Brunch
When:  starting Sunday, Oct. 19, 2008 from 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Where: Juicy Wine Co.
             694 N Milwaukee Ave. in River West. 

Once upon a time, Juicy Wine Co. unveiled a $5 brunch, and then one day, it just disappeared. Unfortunately, no one else seemed to catch on, and thus was still being advertised for months after its demise. While we may have seen the end of the bargain brunch, Juicy is back Sunday morn with a new flava under the guise of the Dirty Bird Bubble Bath Soul Brunch, beginning Sunday, October 19th from 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (and hopefully every Sunday following).

Despite the fact Chicago still hasn’t gotten its own Roscoe’s, Chicagoans still love their chicken ‘n’ waffles, which is why Juicy has chosen to feature Chicago’s own Harold’s Fried Chicken paired with Orange Crush Waffles as the Soul specialty. And naturally, because Juicy Wine Co. is a bar, hung-over patrons are not only welcomed, but encouraged to drink off their hang-overs with half-off all Champagne and sparking wine — glass or bottle (I suspect delicious mimosas).

And because you can’t be funky if you haven’t got a soul, Juicy is pulling out DJ Puff-E to spin classic American soul music. 

 — Carly Fisher

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Weekend Brunch Buzz 10/4-10/5

Jesus Christ, there’s a lot of gospel going on this weekend!

The House of Blues just announced the October line-up for its weekly Gospel Brunch, kicking off with Bishop Troy Garner & Victory International, hosted by Elaine Robison on Sunday, Oct. 5, seating at 10:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Tickets don’t run cheap — $45.50-$50.50 for adults and $22.00 for kids (if they look like they’re under six, work with it and they get in free) — but admission price includes a concert, complimentary mimosas, and an all-you-can-eat Southern-style brunch buffet.

The House of Blues is located at 329 N. Dearborn in River North. For more information, call 312.923.2000.

For a gospel cruise with a view, check out the Gospel Lunch Cruise, which sails from Navy Pier on Saturday, Oct. 4 at 12:00-2:00 p.m. The cruise, lunch buffet, and performance by the lovely Tecora Rogers and the Chicago Spirituals costs $38.90 per person, with reservations required. Inspiration is free — take it or leave it.

Blu 47 continues to offer their divine Sunday Gospel Brunch from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. with buffet and varied live gospel line-up. The price isn’t bad at only $19.95 for adults and $12.95 for kids 12 and under for all the food and gospel you can handle.

Blu 47 is located at 4655 S. King Dr., Second Floor in Grand Boulevard. For more information, call 773.536.6000.

— Carly Fisher

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