Pitchfork and pancakes: the pre-festival brunch guide

For those of you who plan on attending the Pitchfork Music Festival on July 17-19, a word of advice: have a solid brunch. Three days of being sequestered among the huddled, sweaty and excessively fashionable masses requires a certain amount of energy that even free samples of Fuze and overpriced beer can’t satisfy. Before beginning an epic journey of chain smoking and looking bored, pick up brunch at one of these fine establishments.

(Photo from latfh.com)

Sigh. (Photo from latfh.com)

The self-proclaimed Breakfast Queen was the first to bestow the gift of scrapple to the city of Chicago. Readily available in the Mid-Atlantic, this fatty loaf of awesomeness is not only delicious, but also an effective way to soak up mass quantities of overpriced festival beer. If preserving your svelte figure for a day of camera whoring Facebook photos, Ina’s also has a number of healthier items such as whole wheat oatmeal pancakes, frittatas and granola. Brunch served Mon.-Fri. 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m; Sat. & Sun. 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Ina’s is located at 1235 W. Randolph St. For more information, call 312.226.8227.

The only downside of eating at Publican before a festival is the inevitable food coma that follows. A good way to remedy this is by unbuttoning the top button of your pants or, even better, wear elastic pants. Your waiter might think you’re a douche bag, but as long as they sell these kinds of things at American Apparel and Urban Outfitters, you can always try to make gluttony look like an ironic fashion statement. Brunch served Sundays from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Publican is located at 837 W. Fulton Market. Reservations strongly recommended. For more information, call 312.733.9555.

The Breakfast Club
Whether The Breakfast Club’s overwhelming pink decor evokes a John Hughes sentimentality or the nausea of a Pepto Bismol bottle,  expect long waits and overhearing your neighboring table’s intimate conversation at this cute ‘n’ cozy restaurant. Standard brunch fare applies to both the breakfast and lunch menus, including skillets, stuffed french toast and a number of omelets. Drinks are a buck or two cheaper here than at the festival, so consider loading up before you hit the road. Brunch served Mon.-Fri. 6:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The Breakfast Club is located at 1381 W. Hubbard St. For more information, call 312.666.2372.

Gaudi Coffee & Grill
Featuring every breakfast item from Mexico to Milan, Gaudi Coffee & Grill seems to be experiencing a bit of a menu identity crisis. That said, there seems to be a little something for everyone, with a selection of tapas, chilaquiles, pancakes, burgers, wraps and a small selection of Italian entrees (the reason being is beyond me). Brunch served daily 8:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. Gaudi Coffee & Grill is located at 624 N. Ashland Ave. For more information, call 312.733.9528.

Billy Goat Inn
Apparently, the cheezborgers here are “World Famous.” That must be why none of my foreign friends have any idea what I’m talking about when I mention them. Breakfast specials here are straight forward meat ‘n’ eggs, so vegetarians will face the usual choice of grilled cheese, French toast or cheese omelet. It’s highly unlikely that any of these are vegan. Sorry, kiddos. Brunch served daily 7:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. (breakfast); open until midnight. Billy Goat Inn is located at 1535 W. Madison St. For more information, call 312.733.9132.

Other places of interest

— Carly Fisher


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    katie said,

    hahahaha oh my im off to work this pitchfork you speak of but you made me laugh already. will return to this for brunch spank bank material. but hahaha, hahhaa.

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