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Brunch Near Red Line?

Linnylu Oct 8, 2010 01:22 PM

Any suggestions for out-of-towners w/easy access to Red Line? Looking for fun place to have Sunday brunch and a couple cocktails.

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    kemmek Oct 9, 2010 05:24 AM

    M. Henry in Andersonville is my favorite brunch place in Chicago. It's about a 10-minute walk from the Bryn Mawr stop. It doesn't serve cocktails, but you can BYO, and there's a nice wine and spirits shop, In Fine Spirits, a few blocks South.

    Elate in the Hotel Felix, near the Chicago Red Line, is good. The brunch menu is solid, although not all that creative. Hearty, about 10 minutes from the Sheridan stop, has nice comfort food, a fun environment, and interesting cocktails.

    I've never been to Bongo Room, but it's gotten good reviews, and it's very close to the Roosevelt stop.

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    Bongo Room
    1152 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

    In Fine Spirits
    5420 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640

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      ferret Oct 9, 2010 10:18 AM

      m. henry has a new location (it's a sister restaurant with the breakfast/lunch menu and dinner, too), m. henrietta, which is literally steps away from the Granville stop on the Red Line.

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        katewh Oct 11, 2010 09:54 PM

        I second kenmek's M.Henry recommendation--I've heard nothing but great things about it (though I havent been there myself)

        Bongo Room is also a great choice. The Roosevelt location is surprisingly uncrowded, especially if you can wait until later in the morning (closer to lunch time). To be clear though, Bongo Room is really great only if you like having dessert for breakfast--the pancake towers are spectacular. Savory dishes are pretty mediocre.

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        Bongo Room
        1152 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

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        boston1215 Oct 11, 2010 11:09 AM

        To second kemmek, Bongo Room is right near the Roosevelt stop, but be prepared to wait. I live in this neighborhood and their almost always seems to be an endless line.

        An alternative might be 11 City Diner, which is just up Wabash from Bongo Room. There's been a line every time I've gone but it moves pretty quickly.

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        Bongo Room
        1152 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

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          boston1215 Oct 11, 2010 11:12 AM

          I completely forgot to mention The Gage. I've never been for brunch but it's one of my favorite restaurants. It's over on Michigan (at Madison), so a few blocks over from the Red Line but worth it.

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            ferret Oct 11, 2010 11:49 AM

            Eleven City is nothing special.

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            psegall Oct 14, 2010 08:39 AM

            Uncommon Ground at Devon and Glenwood is just a few blocks from the Loyola stop. I believe they take reservations, which would allow you to bypass the inevitable wait at M. Henry.

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            Uncommon Ground
            1401 W Devon Ave, Chicago, IL 60660

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              Querencia Oct 15, 2010 09:11 PM

              If you get off the Red Line at Clark & Division and walk two very short blocks from Clark to State then turn right, in about a block State merges with Rush in the Viagra Triangle area that is loaded with restaurants, many of which serve brunch and cocktails. And if the weather is right, they serve it in sidewalk cafes, some with overhead heaters to extend the outdoor eating season. Many choices in this hospitable neighborhood.

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