9 Best New Brunches to Try in Chicago

A new year necessitates new brunch, and Chicago's got plenty. Take your pick of brand-new restaurants and just-launched menus full of weekend dishes worth braving the cold for this season. Here are nine ways to up your brunch game across the city.

Oyster Bah
There’s a lot to love about this Lincoln Park seafood bastion at night, from its pristine oysters and bracing cocktails to its incomparable lobster rolls. Now there’s more to love with its new weekend brunch menu, anchored by frittatas and rotating specials. There's also a selection of affordable cocktails on its early happy-hour menu, including a quenching Bloody Mary with a Miller High Life pony beer back and shrimp cocktail. 
Must-order: The Bah frittatas are everything, especially the smoked trout version outfitted with potato, caramelized onion and chives. It tastes like a reconfigured deli breakfast, with the added benefit of being entirely cooked in eggs. 

1962 N. Halsted St.; 773-248-3000

Stella Barra
Brunch buffets don’t always have the best reputation, but Stella Barra is out to change all that with its assortment of innovative dishes served on Saturdays and Sundays. Proving this Lincoln Park mainstay is more than incredible pizza, the spread features a bevy of unlimited sweets and savories for just $19.95 per person. Kids 10 and under get to eat for free, making this one of the better options for families.
Must-order: While you’re perusing the options, don’t miss the Southwestern-accented roasted corn and poblano egg enchiladas or the warm brioche cinnamon rolls with vanilla bean glaze and cream cheese frosting. 

1954 N. Halsted St.; 773-634-4101

 

By Matt Kirouac

Zagat Chicago

(January 9, 2017)