Where to brunch this weekend

Its the weekend, go wild (Photo: Carly Fisher)

It's the weekend, go wild (Photo: Carly Fisher)

5020 N. Sheridan Rd., 773.728.5576

The house Bloody Mary alone makes the inevitable hour wait a delightful experience.

Vella Cafe
1912 N. Western Ave., 773.489.7777
With only a few days left, Vella is choice for last minute amaranth pancakes and smashers. See the menu here.

Little Branch Cafe
1251 S. Prairie Ave., 312.360.0101
Have a good relationship with your dentist? You’ll be on a first-name basis after sweets like mascarpone-stuffed brioche French toast. 

— Carly Fisher


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Pedicures and pancakes

Life in my ‘hood isn’t much different from that of the pastoral charm within the opening scenes of Beauty and the Beast: soft morning light, the sounds of birds chirping and neighbors across the street greeting each other with, “I WILL FUCK YOU UP!”

If Sunday mornings leave you feeling particularly beast-like, Mojo Spa is running a Beauty and Brunch program, featuring complimentary homemade brunch with any silver, gold or platinum combo spa package. Previous brunch specials have included: sticky toffee French toast with caramelized walnuts, berry tea poached apples with homemade granola on French toast, roasted garlic spinach Parmesan bread pudding and ginger bread pancakes with molasses maple syrup.

NOTE: Limited to 4 people per reservation. This event is not open to private parties or group events. Cancelation fee applies.

Beauty and Brunch is available most Sundays at 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Mojo Spa is located at  1468 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Wicker Park. For more information, call 773.235.MOJO (6656).

— Carly Fisher

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Pannekoeken Cafe makes its way to Wicker Park

Not coming soon enough (Photo: Carly Fisher_

Not coming soon enough (Photo: Carly Fisher)

Misty eyed at the impending closure of Bucktown brunch staple, Vella Cafe? Where one door closes, another must open. In this case, that door belongs to Pannekoeken Cafe, the popular Lincoln Square Dutch pancake house, which is currently expanding with a second location in the former Su-Ra Korean Restaurant space at 2257 W. North Ave. in Wicker Park. As a lazy west sider, I, for one, am thrilled at the brunch expansion that’s taken hold in this neck of the woods. The only downside is the inevitable frowning upon raccoon eyes and the encouragement of strollers.

— Carly Fisher

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The Golden Nugget

The creperie was closed and we had thirty minutes. Golden Nugget restaurants always seem to come to the rescue during moments like this. It was a warm summer morning and we did crosswords together. He ordered a breakfast burrito, while I stuck with pancakes and eggs. He seemed anxious, certainly unlike the passionate and sweet Casanova from the night before. This felt forced. He picked at his breakfast burrito.

“You should take that on the road with you,” I suggested.

He said nothing and raised an eyebrow. I invited him to sit next to me and fill out some crosswords. We passed back and forth the copy of the Will Shortz book, inked in varying degrees of certainty. I looked disgusting. Did he notice? Was this why he did not want to stick his tongue in my mouth anymore? The pancakes were filling and delicious.
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Three Sisters Garden potluck brunch benefit

Why choose one brunch restaurant when you can have a taste of twelve? On Sunday, August 23, some of Chicago’s finest are bringing their picnic baskets and coffee carafes to benefit local producer, Tracey Vowell at Three Sisters Garden.

Tracey Vowell and Kathe Roybal (Photo: GCM)

Tracey Vowell and Kathe Roybal (Photo: GCM)

Vowell was a chef at Frontera Grill and Topolobampo for seventeen years before leaving to start Three Sisters Garden. Due to the downturn in the economy, she is no longer able to deliver her local produce to Chicago restaurants. This fundraiser is to raise money for Three Sisters to buy a van so that their produce can be served at Red Light and other Chicago institutions. Help a sista out!

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Pancakes and furniture brought to you by the Swedes

For years, I lived under the impression that Vikings were pillaging, raping savages with bad hair and bad teeth. Fortunately, a healthy dose of True Blood has deconstructed those age-old misconceptions about Swedish culture. I have a newfound appreciation for those pillaging, raping savages because it turns out they’re super foxy.  

Not Hagar the Horrible

Not Hagar the Horrible (Photo: iesb.net)

This Saturday, the Swedish American Museum in Andersonville is hosting a Viking breakfast extravaganza with Swedish Pancakes, crafts, and a visit from Frey the Viking. “All ages are welcome,” and guest characters typically translates into “family affair,” so don’t show up with your beer helmet or expectations of anything less than the joy of spending time with small children first thing in the morning.

The Viking breakfast will be held at the Swedish American Museum at 5211 N. Clark St. in Andersonville on Saturday, August 15 at 9:00 a.m. Cost: $10 members, $15 non-members. Children under 2 years free. Pre-paid reservations are required and can be made by calling the museum at 773.728.8111, ext. 26.

— Carly Fisher

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ChicaGourmets dig brunch at The Publican

Attention socialites and fauxialites: pull out that Moleskine and pencil because it’s time to book brunch. ChicaGourmets, an organization that provides discount meals to signature restaurants, is hosting a prix-fixe brunch at The Publican on October 11. If you happen to find yourself already booked three months in advance, I salute you.

The Publicans Kahan and Madia (Photo: Michael Stryder for R.I.A.)

The Publican's Kahan and Madia (Photo: Michael Stryder for R.I.A.)

The communal style three-course brunch includes an overview of The Publican’s passion for the pork, including: seasonal tarts, salads, platters of roast pork, scrapple and soft-boiled eggs followed by coffee cake and scones. Mimosas, coffee and tea will also be served. Brunch is served starting at 10:00 a.m. Cost is $49.50 per person, or the discounted price of $39.50 for ChicaGourmet members. Reservations are due by October 6 and can be made by visiting: http://chicagourmets.org/CGevents091011.pdf.

If you simply can’t wait three months, The Publican offers brunch every Sunday 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made online through Open Table or by calling 312.733.9555. The Publican is located at 845 W Fulton Market. [R.I.A.]

— Carly Fisher

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