These 10 restaurants get my vote for a Saturday’s best because there was one item that stuck in my mind and prompts me to come back for Round II.
2 Sparrows – Glazed Doughnuts
These were so good I immediately went home and tried to duplicate the recipe. No such luck. One-of-a-kind excellence.
553 W Diversey
Big Jones – Popovers
Big Jones Benedict had house cured and smoked ham simmered in Kilgus Farmstead cream, poached eggs and Potatoes O'Brien but instead of having it on a biscuit I opted for the popover. The popover made the dish.
5347 N Clark
Chicago Q – Southern Hash browns
I judge a place by the way they cook their hash brown potatoes and these were the best southern fries I’ve ever had. A second nod goes to the smoked chicken in the Egg’s Benedict. And watch out...homemade chips and pickles will fill you up.
1160 N Dearborn
1160 N Dearborn
Davanti Enoteca - Pizza della Fattoria
A Farmed Egg+Pork Belly+Potato+Scallions+Asiago+béchamel. Ask anyone who has tried this and they will tell you it’s simply the best pizza in Chicago.
1359 W Taylor
Chicago scores double on this one. Great Hot Chocolate is hard to find and I had a cup at not just one but two celebrated restaurants.
Mindy’s Hot Chocolate – The Black and Tan
1/3 hot fudge and 2/3 medium hot chocolate
A plus for the homemade marshmallows.
1747 North Damen
XOCO – Mexico City Thick Hot Chocolate.
Extra points for bean-to-bar and the amazing aroma of roasting cacao
449 N Clark
Lula – English Muffins
I found out at Lula’s that a super-thin English muffin makes the Eggs Benedict.
2537 N Kenzie
Mercat a la Planxa – Truffle Oil
Another Egg’s Benedict with huge flavor and the secret is all in the truffle oil.
638 South Michigan
Perennial Virant – Homeboy Potatoes
Tiny, crispy and with a topping of Brunkow cheese curds.
1800 N Lincoln Avenue
Sola – Huevos Benedictos
Feeling a little under the weather from the night before? Nothing that eggs, cornbread and a little chorizo wouldn’t cure.
3868 N Lincoln Avenue
Runner Up: The walk up that every one lines up for on Saturday AM - The Doughnut Vault.
401 1/2 N Franklin.