Brunch

Going out to eat isn't always about cravings. Often enough, mealtimes dictate our choices, limiting restaurant possibilities. When circumstances narrow the options, let 10Best help. We'll direct you to the best Brunch restaurants in Chicago and save you the hassle of calling around for business hours. 10Best readers find much to enjoy at House of Blues thanks to its all-around good offerings. It's also hard to beat Frontera Grill, which serves just what you're looking for when you're in the market for a great Brunch.

9 Wishbone
Don't come here for health food! Come for Southern-style soul food, full of flavor and served in a casual, relaxed environment. The quirky, funky warehouse-style space (abstract paintings of chickens and eggs adorn the walls) offers breakfast on weekdays and a popular weekend brunch. Try fluffy biscuits, French toast, salmon cakes with hollandaise, or a house specialty called Red Eggs, which consists of two eggs on a corn tortilla with black beans, cheese, hot sauce, sour cream, and salsa. Something for everyone, including vegetarians. Buy a cool t-shirt on your way out. Casual attire. (312-850-2663)

8 North Pond
Set in the middle of an idyllic park, this cozy cabin, rife with Arts & Crafts style, is known for its great brunch. The warm, simple structure keeps a focus on the views — tree-lined ponds, bursts of flowers, and the city skyline — not to mention the food. Brunch is a prix fixe three-course extravaganza that features citrus brioche French toast and spinach-cheese-egg strata. Dinner includes dishes like Alaskan halibut with fava beans, sage-roasted breast of guinea hen, and a grilled New York strip. (773-477-5845)

7 Erwin, an American Café & Bar
The chef at this famous restaurant (a favorite of locals) calls his cuisine "urban heartland," and it has a focus on locally grown ingredients and fresh herbs and spices. The dining room is classy and rustic with dark woods, a green color scheme, and a long bar. Dishes are classic and hearty, including French toast, omelets, Bloody Marys, and addictive sticky buns. The signature appetizers are smoked trout in an herbed pancake with Granny Smith apples and salmon caviar. (773-528-7200)

6 Frontera Grill
Saturday brunch earns raves at this city favorite, which is considered by some to be the best Mexican restaurant in America. The room boasts folk art and vivid colors inside and sunny sidewalk seating outside. The ever-changing menu offers artistic dishes from award-winning chef Rick Bayless, including authentic tacos, tamales, breakfast burritos, and desserts like almond cake and buttermilk-lime ice cream. (312-661-1434)

5 Salpicon
This tiny restaurant has only a dozen or so tables, and it's usually full of people seeking spectacular Mexican cooking. Sunday brunch includes an array of egg dishes (omelets and egg-tortilla combinations), many of which are bold, fiery, and served with hot pepper salsa. You'll also find items like grilled quail and great desserts like vanilla-roasted pineapple rings. (312-988-7811)

4 House of Blues
House of Blues is well-known for its cool, hip decor and its stellar line-up of music. It's also known for its brunch, which includes an all-you-can-eat buffet with cooked-to-order omelets, amazing Cajun potatoes, tons of fresh fish dishes, waffles, sausage, and numerous other items. While you dine, sit back and enjoy an hour of some of the most heartfelt gospel music you'll ever hear. Church choirs come with talented soloists and their own musicians, and they always put on unforgettable shows. (312-923-2000, 312-527-2007)

3 Jane's
Jane's, which makes its residence in a green brick home, is a perfect spot for a dinner outing. The rather eclectic menu focuses on New American cuisine and has a number of Asian and Spanish influences. As a result, you'll find herb-stuffed chicken breast, seared sea bass, pan-roasted grouper, and New Orleans black grouper. Brunch is available on weekend mornings, and outdoor seating is available during warm weather. (773-862-5263)

2 Victory's Banner
Watch passers-by through large plate-glass windows in this bright, cheery brunch nook. The fare is vegetarian, but with ingredients like soy sausage, veggie bacon, and marinated tofu, you won't miss the meat. Omelets and frittatas contain tasty add-ins like feta, goat cheese, pesto, spinach, and sun-dried tomatoes. French toast is dressed up with peach butter and maple syrup or with raspberries and whipped cream. A delicious variety of pancakes, cereals, and granola rounds out the offerings. This eclectic eatery changes up traditional brunch fare by serving their savory, filling breakfast menu into the afternoon. (773-665-0227)

1 Orange
Fresh-squeezed juices and innovative brunch fare (think green eggs and ham, enlivened by pesto) keep this casual South Loop packed on the weekends. (773-248-0999)


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Wishbone 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Soul Food, Southern
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Catering, Family Friendly, Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: Market District
COST: $
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North Pond 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, New American
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: Lincoln Park
COST: $$$
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Erwin, an American Café & Bar 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Catering, Disabled Accessible, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: Lake View
COST: $
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Frontera Grill 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Catering, Disabled Accessible, Parties / Private Rooms, Pastry Chef, Sommelier
Cuisine: Latin, Mexican
Neighborhood: River North
COST: $
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Salpicon 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Take Out
Cuisine: Latin, Mexican
Neighborhood: Magnificent Mile
COST: $$
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House of Blues 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Disabled Accessible, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
COST: $$
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Jane's 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, New American
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Disabled Accessible, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
COST: $
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Victory's Banner 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Vegetarian
Dining Options: Family Friendly
Neighborhood: ROSCOE VILLAGE
COST: $
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Orange 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: SOUTH LOOP
COST: $