Move over eggs and waffles. Breakfast sandwiches are the new brunch item. When these sandwiches are loaded up with all the fixings, especially bacon, you definitely won’t walk away hungry. Granted, that side of potatoes helps too. These five Chicago restaurants have mastered the art of the perfect sandwich, and they’re not charging an arm and leg for them either.
5707 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60660
Located in Andersonville, M Henry serves New American-style cooking, and that means you’re getting delicious dishes made with local ingredients. One such delicious dish is Fannie’s Killer Fried Egg Sandwich, and really the name does say it all. This sandwich is loaded with all of the fixings, from two over-medium eggs and applewood bacon to gorgonzola, sliced plum tomatoes and fresh thyme. Pair this delectable sandwich with crispy house potatoes, and you’ll walk away stuffed and satisfied.
Chicago Cut Steakhouse
300 N. LaSalle St.
Chicago, IL 60654
This River North fine dining steakhouse may be known for its steak, but its breakfast menu has some of the best dishes around town. That especially goes for the hefty breakfast sandwich on sourdough bread, which is piled high with eggs, white cheddar, vine-ripened tomatoes, smoked applewood bacon and arugula pesto for just $10. If that isn’t tempting enough, it’s also served with a broiled tomato and potatoes. Chicago Cut also provides complimentary mini beignets.
Dunlay’s on the Square
3137 W. Logan Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60647
When this hopping bar and restaurant in Logan Square isn’t serving burgers, fried chicken and baby back ribs at night, it is slinging some of the best brunch items in Chicago. That especially goes for its hefty fried egg sandwich, which is loaded with two over-easy eggs as well as bacon, onion, lettuce, tomato, cheddar and mayo on rye bread. Like its other egg dishes, it also comes with either fruit or potatoes, your choice. This dish for $9.50 may make a mess, but from the perfectly cooked eggs to the crunchy bacon, it’s hard to go wrong — especially when paired with the endless mimosa brunch.
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449 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60654
Rick Bayless’s “little sister” restaurant in River North is all about torta sandwiches, but there’s only one to choose from come morning. Luckily, the chorizo egg torta represents this popular quick-service restaurant quite well. For a reasonable $8, diners can savor a torta loaded with scrambled eggs topped with poblano rajas, avocado, pork chorizo and Samuel’s cheese. Or get a different kind of breakfast sandwich. The empanadas here are stuffed pastries with savory options, such as chorizo and egg; Bartlett pears, goat cheese, ancho chile and kale; and a bacon mollete, which comes with bacon, cheese, chipotle, mushrooms and more. What goes well with all of these options? Bean-to-cup chocolate, a.k.a. hot chocolate, of course.
3057 W. Logan Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60647
This Logan Square hotspot knows how to do brunch right. That’s especially true regarding its pork shoulder and egg sandwich, which comes slathered with plum preserve and ricotta salata, all for $13. The fixings may spill out of the French bollo roll, but you’ll want to devour every sloppy bite, even if it means using a fork and knife.
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Elizabeth SanFilippo is a freelance writer, who enjoys trying new foods from all over the world. But her favorite city for culinary treats will always be Chicago. When not writing about food, she’s scribbling novels, and TV show reviews and recaps. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.