Where to brunch this weekend

Real talk: currently nursing the world’s most debilitating hangover and kind of want to throw up, but when you have a tangled life of extreme poverty and opulence, there’s a natural tendency to go a little O.D. at the open bar. Oh man, and I totally reek from all the Marc Jacobs I tested in the bougie ladies room at Macy’s last night. Kill me.

Never again, she cried again (Photo: Carly Fisher)

Never again, she cried again (Photo: Carly Fisher)

I digress: brunch. There’s a lot of it this weekend. Openings, closings, fundraisers and, of course, the never-ending list of brunch spots in the Restaurant Directory, where you can conveniently make a reservation.

Three Sisters Garden Brunch Benefit
Tickets are extremely limited and reservations are mandatory, but worthwhile for the gourmet brunchapalooza you’ll get from chefs like Sarah Stegner, Bill Kim and Jackie Shen. Brunch is 12:00-3:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 23 at Red Light. Tickets are $50, with proceeds going to benefit local producer, Tracey Vowell of the Three Sisters Garden. Call 312.733.8880 for more information

Nightwood
Lula’s slutty, South Side stepsister is finally stepping out of darkness and strutting up some daytime moves. Given that brunch just launched last weekend, there’s a minor chance the wait might be a little easier than the notorious popularity of Lula so you won’t have to have the “Is it worth it?” debate with your companions. Brunch served Sundays from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Nightwood is located at 2119 S. Halsted St. in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. For more information, call 312.526.3385.

Vella Cafe
Yeah, so what if it’s been mentioned twenty times over? It’s the last weekend to brunch here for really reals, so get yourself some smashers and a panino and call it a day. Brunch served Sat. & Sun. 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Vella Cafe is located at 1912 N. Western Ave. in the Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago. For more information, call 773.489.7777.

Polo Cafe & Catering
Nana Organics won’t be serving brunch until Monday, but there is a Bridgeport alternative! Polo Cafe offers a Bloody Mary brunch on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Certainly, menu items like creme brulee French toast and custard-filled cornbread with cinnamon apples and bananas sound tempting, it’s the gimmicky framed 8″ x 10″ photo of Pope Benedict XVI and candle that comes with the Eggs Benedicto XVI that is reason alone for dropping by. Excellent marketing tactic, as I’m sold. Polo Cafe is located at 3322 S. Morgan St. in the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago. For more information, call  773.927.POLO.

Small Bar
Sports are pretty popular, aren’t they? Too bad I’m physically, mentally and emotionally incapable of participating or watching most of them. That said, Small Bar is hosting a brew-fuelled brunch for E.P.L., F.A. Cup, and 2010 World Cup Qualifying games.
 


This week’s brunch ‘n’ ball schedule:

Saturday August 22nd
Manchester City v. Wolverhampton @ 9a
Arsenal v. Portsmouth @ 9a
Wigan v. Manchester United @ 9a
West Ham v. Tottenham @ 12p
Hull v. Bolton @ 4p
Sunderland v. Blackburn @ 5:45p
Birmingham v. Stoke @ 7:30p

Sunday, August 23rd
Fulham v. Chelsea @ 10a

Small Bar is located at 2049 W. Division St. in the East Village neighborhood of Chicago. For more information, call 773.772.2727.

— Carly Fisher

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2 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    ryan said,

    yo i met you last night at hard rock…nice blog. i’d love to see more pictures of the food!!!

  2. 2

    jess said,

    yeye manchester city!!!


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