11 Chicago restaurants offering great brunch buffets

From www.chicagotribune.com by Samantha Nelson
11 Chicago restaurants offering great brunch buffets

If you're the type of person who always thinks everything on the brunch menu looks great, a buffet will keep you from having to make hard choices. Head to these 11 spots with a big appetite and eat your way through tables laden with seafood, eggs and baked goods and then go back for anything you missed or another serving of your favorites.

80 Proof

1500 N. Wells St., 773-966-0404

SteakBar closed for renovations and reopened under a new name in June, but the Old Town spot's highly interactive brunch remains pretty much the same. Design your own omelets, Benedicts or Nutella crepes, add some brisket and sausage from the butcher shop station, and satisfy your sweet tooth with doughnuts and booze-infused gelato. Linger and take in the new music-inspired design while sipping $20 bottomless mimosas or customize your drink at the $10 bloody mary bar.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Price: $35

Budweiser Brickhouse Tavern

3647 N. Clark St., 773-377-4770

Giving you an excuse to day drink in Wrigleyville even when the Cubs aren’t playing, the “away game brunch” includes a mac ’n’ cheese bar, a carving station serving sausage and smoked brisket, a sweets table laden with doughnuts and tarts, and a hot dog station where you can get your ballpark fare fix. For $15, you can add on mimosas made with fresh-squeezed juice while $11 gets you a trip to the bloody mary bar, where you can spice your drink with a wide variety of hot sauces and make custom skewers with cheese, olives, pickles and more.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Not offered on Cubs home game days.

Price: $30

Chief O’Neill’s Pub & Restaurant

3471 N. Elston Ave., 773-583-3066

Irish dishes blend with breakfast classics at the Avondale pub, where the spread includes corned beef hash, fish and chips, made-to-order omelets and French toast. Different entrees are offered every day and you’ll also find house-smoked Atlantic salmon, peel and eat shrimp and a selection of imported cheeses. Finish your meal by building your own ice cream sundae or finding your favorite dipping combinations with the milk and white chocolate fountains. A bloody mary bar offers a wide variety of vodkas and garnishes including shrimp and hot peppers.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Price: $22

Lake Shore Cafe

4900 S. Lake Shore Drive, 773-288-5815

Take in the Hyde Park restaurant’s lakefront views while digging into hearty fare including honey-glazed baked ham, fried chicken, barbecue ribs and grilled sausage links. You can keep things lighter with an omelet, smoked salmon and a trip to the salad bar. Your meal includes a glass of Champagne, orange juice or a mimosa.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday

Price: $21.95

Maple & Ash

8 W. Maple St., 312-944-8888

A DJ provides music for this decadent Gold Coast brunch, where each table receives a roasted seafood tower and servers will bring you ricotta-truffle agnolotti pasta. Visit a variety of food stations dishing out carved filet mignon and made-to-order pancakes and omelets, then finish your meal with coconut cream pie or blueberry cake. Add on bottomless bubbles for $30 and you can make your own cocktails from Champagne, peach puree, orange juice and seasonal berries.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday

Price: $60

Norman's Bistro

1001 E. 43rd St., 773-966-5821

Serving Creole food mixed with Brazilian flavors, the North Kenwood restaurant offers different dishes on its buffet weekly, though you’ll always find an omelet station, breakfast dishes and various desserts.

Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday

Price: $22.50

Park & Field

3509 W. Fullerton Ave., 773-360-7373

The dishes at the Logan Square sports club change weekly based on what’s in season and the chef’s whims, but you’ll always find lox and bagels, charcuterie, eggs Benedict, hash browns, bacon, fruit salad, pancakes and omelets. Rotating entrees could include al pastor tacos or prime rib hash, and there’s always a vegetarian or vegan option like zucchini meatballs or quinoa fritters. For $15 more you can add a bottomless drink package including bloody marys, mimosas, rose, Modelo and Miller High Life.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Price: $25

Pearl’s Place

3901 S. Michigan Ave., 877-275-5852

Pile your plate with Southern-style soul food including grits, salmon croquettes, chicken wings and sausage from Bronzeville’s Parker House Sausage Company. If you have room after also grabbing a made-to-order omelet and waffles, you can order banana pudding ($5.29) or sweet potato pie ($3.79) from the Bronzeville restaurant’s a la carte dessert menu.

Hours: 7 to 10:30 a.m. Monday through Friday; 7 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday; and 8 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday

Price: $12.49-$14.99

Shaw's Crab House

21 E. Hubbard St., 312-527-2722

If you’re as into shrimp as Eleanor Shellstrop, head to the Near North restaurant for all-you-can-eat seafood including steamed king crab legs, crab cakes, oysters, lobster mac ’n’ cheese and shrimp cocktail. Move beyond the ocean with carved roast beef, waffles and a sweets table including cupcakes and crème brulee. Add a mimosa or bloody mary for $10.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Price: $65

The Signature Room

875 N. Michigan Ave., 312-787-9596

Feel on top of the world when you head to Streeterville to brunch on the 95th floor of the skyscraper formerly known as the John Hancock Center. The buffet includes made-to-order omelets, a selection of entrees such as Nutella French toast and braised short rib, plus seafood, seasonal salads and assorted cheeses and charcuterie. Coffee, tea, orange, grapefruit and tomato juices are included and cocktails are available for an additional fee.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Price: $55

Stella Barra Pizzeria

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

Roasted corn and poblano egg enchiladas, brioche cinnamon roll bread pudding with vanilla bean glaze and cream cheese frosting, and smoky bacon mac ’n’ cheese are among the eclectic offerings at the Lincoln Park restaurant. Add a bloody mary, bellini or mimosa for $5 or opt for an $11 specialty cocktail like the Coffee Drank, a blend of La Colombe coffee, spiced rum, bourbon, cream and vanilla.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Price: $21.95

Samantha Nelson is a RedEye freelancer.

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