Finally I am free to write! I’m very sorry that I haven’t been able to write lately since I’ve been going through a whole sort of life transition with going into a completely new career, but that doesn’t mean that I will forget about loving and writing about food. Today’s post deals with four great brunch places for tu mama, and is presented to you by my blog, Mastication Monologues, and OpenTable.com in honor of Mother’s Day. If you want to check out more great picks for Mother’s Day and make reservations for your family, check out OpenTable’s Mother’s Day promo page with plenty of offers!
Kanela is one of the best brunch places that I’ve been to in Chicago, and I’m sure they will pull out all of the stops to make your mom feel special. I would highly recommend making reservations for this place since the place isn’t huge and is very popular with the locals. It’s on the northside of Chicago nearby the iconic Wrigley Field, and while the Cubbies might be the lovable local losers, you won’t lose anything except your mind with Kanela’s delish dishes. I would highly recommend their monkey bread to start off with one of their smoothies on the side. For the entree, you can’t really go wrong. If you like sweet things, I’d recommend the red velvet french toast. However, if savory is the name of the game, try the spicy Feta omelet that is jam packed with whipped semi-spicy cheese and all wrapped up in a layer of fluffy eggs.
2. M. Henry
Then there is M. Henry in the Andersonville/Little Sweden neighborhood which is also on the northside of Chicago. While it doesn’t specialize in meatballs and cold herring as the area would suggest, they have plenty of noms for your mom to enjoy. Everyone swears by their extremely fruity bread pudding aside from me, but try it for yourself and let me know what you think. While I got their granola pancakes that were also swimming in fruit juice, my girlfriend’s huevos borrachos were fantastic for a savory option. It’s not my cup of tea, but everyone else that has been there has raved about it. So I’d still recommend trying to fight the crowds at this very popular brunch establishment.
3. Bongo Room
While the name might sound like a funky, nighttime hangout, it’s actually quite a quaint and modern breakfast restaurant that is serving up unique and mouth-watering fare for the masses. It’s actually right down the street from M. Henry, so if it’s too full there, you can always pop on over to the Bongo Room. Once again, I cannot stress the importance of making reservations! I’ve been there twice, and you get GIGANTIC portions for the price. My personal favorite are the white chocolate and pretzel pancakes. Not only are they bigger than your face, but they combine the best of both sweet and salty that everyone loves with chocolate covered pretzels. If you don’t have that big of a sweet tooth, they also have plenty of options for you savory lovers out there.
4. Walker Brother’s Pancake House
Finally, there is the oldest of the bunch in the form of the Walker Brother’s Pancake House. If you like a lot of history and a lot of great food for delicious prices, I highly recommend this Chicagoland favorite. The original one that I went to in my first post about it (you can read it in this section’s title). This place was bumping when we went there for breakfast, and I’m sure it will be bursting with patrons on Mothers’ Day. They have a very extensive menu filled with classics like bacon and eggs and other more exotic entries like blue crab Benedict which is like eggs benedict with the addition of some decadent crab meat. I, however, was following Janice’s lead when I went there. If you’re really hungry, go for the pancakes since they are gargantuan and oh sooooo good. I would recommend the apple cinnamon pancake or the Dutch baby pancake. The former can be served a la mode which is totally worth it while the latter is a lot less intense, but still filled with plenty of mouth-watering powdered sugar and lemon juice for a tart and sweet contrast. Plus, the surroundings of dark wood and Tiffany glass aren’t too hard on the eye either.
So there you have it. Four great Mothers’ Day locations for brunch in the Chicagoland area that focus on quality food at prices that are easy on the old wallet. If you want to make reservations at any of these establishments or others, please check out OpenTable.com. Bon appetit!