Between Boystown and Wrigleyville, the Lakeview neighborhood has a lot of nightlife to offer, so it makes perfect sense that weekend brunches in this community are also a big hit! To help you keep the weekend going in delicious style, we’ve compiled a list of the best weekend brunch spots in Lakeview for great food and drink specials:
The menu plays up the Swedish roots of the owner’s family (an FFC member) with items like Pancakes with Lingonberries and Swedish meatballs. Add to that the variety of omelets, Eggs Benedict and breakfast wraps, and it can be hard to choose. Most of the entreés come with two sides, or you can choose to substitute for their amazing cinnamon roll (it’s worth it). They’re so well-known for these that they put them in their logo! A must-try is the French Toast Fantasy, recommended by Rachel Ray from her visit here!
One word: BACON. Followed by these other words: Waffle. Pancakes. Flight! French toast is only on weekends. While waiting for a table, you won’t find a Bloody Mary on deck, so pop over to the café for a cup of Ipsento coffee. Pastries courtesy of The Lovely Bake Shop. (Stop in on Monday or Friday for half-off pastries!)
Want brunch any day of the week? This place is a must try, especially if you love French toast! Choose from one of the four featured flavors, or get a flight and try all of them! Skip the inevitable wait and sit at a communal table. You never know who you’ll meet! This isn’t one of Lakeview’s bottomless establishments (it’s BYOB), so come prepared with your own champagne.
Another great coffee spot boasting Intelligentsia French press coffee. While there aren’t a ton of items on the menu, the ones they do have are delicious. With an intimate, quirky atmosphere complete with mismatched chairs, this is a great place for private parties and showers, kids’ parties and even weddings. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays, BYOB.
This place is known for their seafood and cereal bar (if you’re not into brunch food). Though breakfast is served all day, every day, their weekend brunch menu features specials that you can only get on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 am – 3 pm. If you’re craving something rich and sweet, try the Mom’s Appleishush Pancake, featuring fresh apples, cinnamon and sugar glaze, and be sure to ask for French vanilla ice cream on top!
Come for brunch and stay for a show on Sunday! Brunch brings $14.95 bottomless mimosas, bloody martinis, Bellinis, and sangria with purchase of a food item. $29.95 prix fixe menu. Seating is limited to two hours, and we recommend you make a reservation unless you don’t mind waiting. (In nice weather, you can sit out on the patio!)
A staple in the neighborhood, this Italian restaurant is a favorite brunch location because of its $21 Champagne Sunday Brunch (cash only). Choose from traditional brunch selections like Eggs Benedict and French toast, or go more Italian and opt for a pasta entreé.
Who doesn’t want to eat in a grocery store that features locally-sourced goods? Open daily, their café serves up specialties like cupcake batter and bread pudding pancakes, as well as other breakfast items and fresh-made sandwiches. You might think they don’t serve supper, but they do… They’re secret! This place is so serious about the quality of its food, there’s even an in-house baker and preservationist.
Need more options near the neighborhood? Head over to our favorite spots to grab lunch in Boystown! What other places do you like to go for brunch or breakfast in Lakeview? Let us know in the comments!
Post written by an FFC contributor.