Eat, Restaurants

Chicago Brunch Spots by Neighborhood

Ahhh, yes. Brunch. Who doesn’t love a Chicago brunch? It’s the perfect way to rejuvenate especially over the weekend. If you are ever in need of a place to go to brunch in your neighborhood, you can try these brunch spots below!

  • Andersonville: Big Jones – 5347 N Clark St.
    • Hearty southern cooking.
  • Bucktown: Birchwood Kitchen – 2211 W. North Ave.
    • Great choices of breakfast sandwiches and waffles.
  • Edgewater: Uncommon Ground – 1401 W Devon Ave.
    • Known as one of the “greenest restaurants in America”
  • Gold Coast: Table Fifty-Two –  52 W Elm St.
    • From salty-sweet fried chicken to fluffy biscuits with spicy gravy, this is a must-visit!
  • Hyde Park: Original Pancake House – 1358 E 47th St,
    • The Dutch Baby is oven baked and served with whipped butter, lemon and powdered sugar. Delicious!
  • Irving Park: Bread & Wine – 3732 W Irving Park Rd.
    • This extensive wine list served in a chic bistro only gives you another reason to have a boozy brunch.
  • Lakeview: Bakin’ & Eggs – 3120 N Lincoln Ave.
    • This place is always packed because it’s known to be one of the best brunch spots in Chicago.
  • Lincoln Park: 2 Sparrows – 553 W Diversey Pkwy
    • Shrimp & grits. That’s all you need to know about this place.
  • Logan Square: Longman & Eagle – 2657 N Kedzie Ave.
    • Chef Jared Wentworth makes the best piña colada French toast
  • River North: Frontera Grill – 445 N Clark St.
    • Do you like your eggs spicy? This is the place to fulfill that craving.
  • Roscoe Village: Frasca – 3358 N Paulina St.
    • The breakfast pizza is to die for. Perfect crispy crust with egg, sausage, bacon, cheese and more!
  • Wicker Park: The Southern – 1840 W. North Ave.
    • Try the chicken and biscuits or eggs sardou with a side of Bloody Mary! There is even an outdoor patio for those hot summer days.

Have you been to any of these places? They are amazing! What’s your favorite Chicago brunch place?



Frank Montro Sits Down with the South Side’s Best Italian Eats

Don’t lie, we know you hit that Google search bar at least once a week looking for the “best” in your neighborhood. And even when you find the seemingly perfect place for date night or a quick bite before you and your girls head to the movies, you don’t always get the complete picture and essence of a restaurant. But not to fear, Frank Montro is here with the South Side’s BEST Italian restaurant, Truth!

Make your reservation here! 


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Eat, Restaurants

The Best Doughnuts in Chicago

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Then take a look at the list complied by our friends at eater:

8 Great Chicago Doughnut Shops That Hit the Sweet Spot

Jeffy Mai

Few people can resist a good doughnut and with the sweet treat’s sudden boom in popularity, Chicago has suddenly become home to many of the country’s finest shops. Check out eight top picks below to satisfy that doughnut craving. Some places are recent additions while others have been around for decades but no matter where you go, those fried pastries will hit the spot any hour of the day.

1 The Doughnut Vault

Brendan Sodikoff’s shop is not only the de facto standard for doughnuts in Chicago, but quite possibly the entire country. The award-winning spot has garnered praise from critics and eaters alike and it’s easy to see why. The menu features lots of inventive offerings alongside daily specials but the plain glazed doughnut shows you can’t beat the classics. Arrive early because there’s bound to be a line and once they’re all gone, Doughnut Vault closes up for the day. And if you bring a box to the office, well let’s just say you won’t have any trouble making some friends.

2 Stan’s Donuts & Coffee

Los Angeles’ famous shop Stan’s opened in Chicago last year thanks to a partnership with local breadman and restaurateur Rich Labriola. The selection of pastries comes in all shapes and sizes and features everything from buttermilk old fashioned and real fruit fritters to stuffed “pockets.” These specialty donuts are filled with spreads such as Biscoff cookie butter or peanut butter. You know, just in case a regular doughnut didn’t hit the sweet spot.

3 Glazed and Infused

With several locations scattered about, Glazed and Infused has quickly become one of the top doughnut purveyors in town. There are always rotating specials but you can never go wrong with the sweet and savory standby maple bacon Long John or the crème brûlée donut, which brings the famous dessert to pastry form by filling it with vanilla crème and coating it in a brûléed outer crust.

4 Do-Rite Donuts & Coffee

Whether it’s the pistachio-Meyer lemon doughnut or vanilla bean glazed cinnamon crunch, Do-Rite’s assortment of treats doesn’t disappoint. Better yet, the shop carries tons of special options for those who are gluten-intolerant or vegan.

5 Dinkel’s Bakery

This Lakeview institution has been serving piping-hot doughnuts for more than 90 years and there’s good reason people keep coming back. The bakery has a variety of pastries and goods available but the doughnuts are the highlight. Raspberry bismarck donuts are perfectly-filled dough balls while another popular choice is the chocolate-covered cake doughnut that’s an excellent rendition of a classic.

6 Firecakes

Firecakes offers several unique creations like a maple glazed pineapple & bacon doughnut and a peanut butter cup version, but the most exciting seasonal specialty is the ice cream doughnut sandwiches. The simple yet delicious delight is a doughnut cut in half, packed with scoops of gelato and drizzled over with chocolate sauce. It’s good enough to eat year-round but you’ll only find it during summer so don’t miss out.

7 Old Fashioned Donuts

Go big or go home at Old Fashioned Donuts. Texas doughnuts are large enough to fit around your neck while apple fritters can feed one for days. So definitely bring an appetite (or some friends) because finishing one of the fried behemoths here is no small task.


8 Dat Donut

Ever have a donut craving in the middle of the night? Well the next time that arises, head over to Dat Donut. The South Side spot is open 24 hours and offers a standard variety of glazed, chocolate, buttermilk and cake doughnuts that are “too good to dunk.” The signature Big Dat doughnuts will likely take you more than one sitting to finish though—it’s dat big.