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Mar 10, 2011 07:09 AM

Lincoln Park - Brunch Recs?

Hi there,

We will be in town over Easter weekend and areplanning on visiting the Lincoln Park Zoo on Sunday morning. Looking to grab a tasty brunch ($10-$15/person) in the area after the zoo visit. We plan to be at the zoo as soon as it open (10am) so I think brunch will be around 1pm. Trying to avoid crazy lines but would be willing to wait if you think it's worth it. I know it will be Easter Sunday so it will probably be busy everywhere!

Thanks for the help!

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  1. Original Pancake House is across from the Zoo and has good traditional breakfast fare. Perennial is also nearby and has slightly more upscale offerings that should still stay near your price point.

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    1. re: ferret

      Those are two great recommendations. If you go to Original Pancake House (in the high-rise at Clark and Armitage), don't miss the puffed-up cinnamon-y apple pancake. However, you may have to wait a while to be seated. Perennial, which is a couple blocks south, has an excellent a la carte brunch and you can make a reservation in advance on Opentable.com to avoid having a long wait for a table. The best place nearby is actually North Pond, which is north of the zoo; it will exceed your price point (brunch is three courses for $32) but the food is great and its location in the middle of the park is exquisite. It too accepts advance reservations on Opentable. Note that some restaurants may have a special menu for Easter brunch with prices higher than on other Sundays.