Chicago is well-known for its restaurants. If you wake up on a weekend morning and hear the rumble of your stomach, and your first thought is, “Where’s the food?” check out these local brunch suggestions: 

Le Peep

1010 W. Washington Blvd., Chicago
(312) 563-9990

Le Peep features a wide variety of brunch items from crepes, omelets and skillets to my personal favorite: Crabby Patty Benedict – two delicious crab cakes that sit atop a perfectly toasted English muffin, garnished with poached eggs and Hollandaise sauce; served with brunch potatoes and cinnamon apples.



Various Locations, Chicago

Orange is self-described as “contemporary brunch with a peel.” Their specialty is the pancake flight. The theme changes weekly, so ask your server for details. Orange also features “frushi,” or fruit sushi. They are sushi rolls with fruit instead of fish!

Stanley’s Kitchen & Tap

1970 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago
(312) 642-0007

For $13, the all-you-can-eat famous brunch includes a build-your-own omelet station, waffle boats, fruit, fried chicken, macaroni & cheese, biscuits and gravy and much more. And don’t forget the best thing of all: the make-your-own Bloody Mary Bar, including all the fixins’ of V-8, celery, sliced jalapenos, pickles and Tabasco sauce. Brunch hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Warning: you may need to loosen your belt after this decadent comfort food brunch.


Various Locations, Chicago

Wishbone is well-known for its weekend brunch. Choose from regular fare such as pancakes and eggs, or kick it up a notch with the Special Breakfasts, such as Shrimp & Grits, Beef Brisket Hash or Salmon Cakes.

India House

59 W. Grand Ave., Chicago
(312) 645-9500

For an ethnic twist on brunch, try India House. This yummy Indian buffet includes Saag Paneer, delicious Samosas and to-die-for Chicken Makhani. Fresh Naan and sizzling Tandoori Chicken will be brought to your table, while you sample the rest of the dishes from the buffet. Best of all: you don’t have to wait for the weekend; the buffet is featured 7 days a week.

Yasmin Tara Rammohan