The 24 Best Brunch Places (You Don’t Have to Wait an Hour For)

We don’t know about you, but we’re always on the hunt for a new brunch place—one that doesn’t quote us an hour-plus wait on a Saturday morning.  Below are our favorite go-to spots for a leisurely breakfast with quick service.

Obama isn’t just beaming because he won the presidency;
he’s also anticipating a delicious Valois breakfast.

Valois Restaurant
1518 East 53rd St.
This is where Obama celebrated his first-term win.  Try an omelet, hash browns and their signature biscuits, and you’ll see why.

The Original Pancake House
1358 East 47th St.
The perfect location for when you’re craving—you guessed it—pancakes.

Pleasant House Bakery
964 West 31st St.
Pleasant House Bakery makes their own meat and vegetables pies.  They also have homemade sodas, for when you’re in the mood for something other than coffee.

Inspiration Kitchens
3504 West Lake St.
Inspiration Kitchens is a food services training program aimed at low-income populations.  And if that’s enough of an incentive to visit this Garfield Park restaurant, their food is also inspiring.  

White Palace Grill
1159 South Canal St.
When you’re looking for a greasy spoon fix, this University Village diner fits the bill.

644 North Orleans St.
If you’re going to name your restaurant Brunch, you better be prepared to fulfill that promise. With multiple eggs Benedict choices, French toast and waffles and a signature Bloody Mary, Brunch more than lives up to its name.

Bistrot Zinc
1131 North State St.
French brunch is an option, and it includes such delightful fare as gruyere omelettes and a wide selection of crepes.

Flying Saucer
1123 North California Ave.
At first glance, you might assume Flying Saucer is your standard diner.  It’s not.  It’s much better, with a low-key menu that is sure to please even the pickiest eater.

Mindy’s Hot Chocolate
1747 North Damen Ave.
Come for the hot chocolate, stay for the James Beard award-winning pastries.

Nightwood Restaurant
2119 South Halsted St.
Nightwood features a rotating menu that includes corned beef scrambles and bacon butterscotch donuts.

2714 North Milwaukee Ave.
Sugary, frothy coffee and chilaquiles.  Need we say more?
Hash is inviting and delicious.

1357 North Western Ave.
Hash is tiny, but the wait staff is efficient.  And the food—which includes the eponymous hash—is, of course, delicious.

1655 West Cortland St.
From French toast to salads to eggs served sunny side up, Jane’s has everything you’d ever want from brunch.

2020 North Leavitt St.
This neighborhood gem is hidden along a row of townhouses, but we’re guessing that the no-frills food it serves is tastier than served at the tables of its neighbors.

2051 North California St.
This pie shop has biscuits and spreads that are absolutely to die for.

1220 West Webster Ave.
If you’re on the fence about visiting this Lincoln Park cafe, just take a glance at the pictures on their website.  We’ll plan on seeing you there this weekend.
We’ve checked Frances’ Deli and its tasty breakfast
fare off our list of essential Chicago diners.

2552 North Clark St.
Frances’ Deli has the credentials—serving Chicago since 1938—and the goods—boozy milkshakes.

Endgrain Restaurant
1851 West Addison Ave.
Endgrain is the only brunch place we know of that offers kimchi as a side.  We’re, of course, open to learning about more options for a kimchi-infused brunch.

Bakin’ and Eggs
3120 North Lincoln Ave.
A brunch place with a pun in its name?  We’re in.

4539 North Lincoln Ave.
Gather has sides like donuts and sticky buns.  You can imagine what their main dishes are like.
4631 North Clark St.
For when you’re craving an oatmeal milkshake.  Trust us, once you have on milkshake, the cravings will start.

M. Henry
5707 North Clark St.
M. Henry prides itself on offering locally sourced healthy and delectably rich items, side by side. 

1401 West Devon Ave.
Whether you want something sweet (lemon poppy-seed ricotta pancakes) or savory (trout, polenta and eggs), this Edgewater establishment fits the bill.

514 Main St., Evanston, IL
We can’t do better than the description Lucky Platter’s owners have given their restaurant’s menu: “funkalicious post-Hippy eclectic world cuisine.”

Erin Robertson is managing editor at Chicago Ideas.

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