Best Chicago Brunches – Part 2

It may be Super Bowl Sunday but it’s also time again for Sunday brunch.  A while back, I published an article comprising the first part of my picks for the Best Chicago Brunches.  Today I’ve rounded up some of my other favorite places to gather for some sweet and savory weekend meals over coffee and cocktails.  Please enjoy my latest addition to the Best Chicago Brunches.




Pearl’s Place



The south side of Chicago has many wonderful restaurants and Pearl’s Place in the Bronzeville neighborhood is high on my list of the best Chicago brunches.  Whether you choose the buffet or the individual menu options, you will be wrapped in a metaphorical blanket of love when you taste the food here.  The shrimp ‘n grits, fried green tomatoes, and salmon cakes are all fantastic but don’t forget the warm biscuit.  They will keep you coming back.  




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Creamy shrimp ‘n cheesy grits at Pearls’ Place Restaurant in Chicago



Pearl’s Place also made my list of Chicago’s Best Southern Food Restaurants.




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The crunchy and juicy fried green tomatoes at Pearl’s Place Restaurant in Chicago


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The Duck Inn



The Bridgeport neighborhood is home to The Duck Inn which is owned by Chef Kevin Hickey.  While duck is a signature dish on the menu, Continue reading

Best British Pubs Chicago Offers

Chicago is known as a drinking town with a sports problem.  You can get your party on at dive bars, rooftop bars and swanky lounges with crafty cocktail menus.  Additionally, this town pays a heartfelt homage to our friends across the pond.  Below is a list of the Best British Pubs Chicago Offers by neighborhood.  Ditch your car, ride the rails and drink responsibly!





What:  Chief O’Neill’s is as Irish as pubs get in Chicago.  It’s named for a former Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department (circa the 1890s) who hailed from County Cork in Ireland.  In addition to good Irish fare and drink, musicians from Continue reading

Chicago Restaurant Scene – Ema, Grassroots

The Chicago restaurant scene has exploded over the last decade with many different types of options from fine dining to fast-casual places with specialty shops for poké and new food halls.  At times, it can be overwhelming to choose where to eat.  Today I want to talk about two tasty new additions to the Windy City: Ema and Grassroots.



If you’re in the mood for some fresh, Mediterranean food, head to Ema in the River North neighborhood.  It’s located inside the Hyatt Place hotel on the corner of Illinois and Clark.  Ema offers small plates and spreads.  On my first visit here, I enjoyed a Continue reading

Eating Chicago in 2 Days (Vol. 3)

Welcome to the third installment of my Eating Chicago in 2 Days blog series!  I understand that it can be overwhelming trying to navigate a huge food destination like Chicago especially when you only have a couple days to spare.  That said, I have put together a few two-day food itineraries to help take the guesswork out of where to find the best food and drink around town.  Climb aboard and let’s go Feeding Off The Rails!


Day 1 – Eating Chicago in 2 Days (Vol. 3)



The Midwest is known for having hearty baked goods and there are a number of Sensational Chicago Bakeries that will make you drool.  Baker Miller is high on that list.  Start your first day of eating Chicago in two days at this homey Lincoln Square bakery.  All the baked goods are terrific and I have a soft spot for Continue reading

Eating New York City – 2 Days (Vol. 3)

New York City is the quintessential social mecca and food takes center stage here.  Many New Yorkers live a good portion of their lives around the local restaurants, bars, and nightlife and you may be wondering how to have a well-rounded dining experience when you’re in town.  No worries!  As a New Yorker, I am happy to help you out with my new series of 2-day dining itineraries for when you only have limited time to enjoy eating New York City.  Grab your Metro Card and let’s go Feeding Off the Rails!


Day 1 – Eating New York City – 2 Days (Vol. 3)


Start off your visit to New York City at Cafe Lalo on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.  This charming, European-style cafe is not only a neighborhood favorite, you will also recognize it for Continue reading