It’s Saturday night. The bar is closing. The night feels young, but it’s last call. Home in bed, sleep comes easy. Come the morning sun, an unspoken invitation peaks through the curtains. The promise of Eggs Benedict, shrimp and grits, and breakfast tacos awaits you, and, of course, a Bloody Mary in a tall glass, mimosa, or festive margarita. Brunch is that most festive of meals. It’s an ideal time to relax and gather with people who make you smile, anticipating all the comfort food you’re unlikely to cook at home but can’t wait to taste — from someone else’s kitchen. So it’s no wonder across North America restaurants are upping the spice ante and reinventing the classics for a new crowd of brunchers. And it wouldn’t be a boozy brunch without a smart cocktail in hand. Here are a few restaurants for boozy brunches to try whether you’re getting together with friends or toasting to another great weekend with your favorite date.
Tallboy Taco, Chicago, Illinois
The housemade watermelon and chia limon aqua frescas at Tallboy Taco are vodka optional, but where’s the fun in that? Aside from being one of the tastiest places to get a breakfast taco throughout America, Tallboy Taco is the place to indulge in a morning margarita with Avion reposado, yuzu, avocado puree, and egg whites. A mix of traditional and breakfast tacos is flanked by savory skillets (think smoked brisket with avocado) and the sweeter side of brunch in banana French toast with dulce de leche and housemade churro doughnuts. Save room for the boozy smoothie with rum, triple sec, mango, and strawberry. Make a reservation at Tallboy Taco.