I love breakfast and brunch foods. Seriously. I'd eat them for every meal. Hot diggity! I am also a seeker of spots. In CT it was actually kind of hard(except for MO's and a little place in Collinsville) to find little spots that were unique. I'm a snob and refuse to eat at IHOP--sorry...
I also come from the land of Pancake Houses. On the last leg of a drive home to Tennessee I once counted every restaurant which had the word pancake or flap-jack in it. 47. I. counted. 47. establishments. What do you think about that? Pretty cool aye? Makes you want live there?
I've found a few awesome places here in Chicago. I know there are MANY more. Chicago is a brunch kinda town which makes it my kinda town.
lula in Logan Square.
I went to this little gem with my friend Erica. The wait was long, but sooo worth it. The specials are to die for. And any place that'll serve me a blackberry bellini at 10am rocks my socks.
Victory's Banner in Roscoe Village.
This place will just make you happy. Simple as that. Bottomless Chai?Yes! Try something different and get the Uppama--a savory hot cereal with peas, tomatoes and onions, served with a sweet coconut chutney and yogurt...Mmm...
Bread Pudding Pancakes. That's all I have to say about that.
M Henry in Edgewater
Such a delight! I've only been once and am dying to go again. Brit and I tried the other day but the line was out the door and around the corner. When I was there I got the 'Vegan Epiphany'--only I got it with eggs...because I like eggs more then tofu.Yums.
Pick Me Up Cafe in Lakeview/Wrigleyville.
I go here a lot---mostly in the wee hours of morn on Fridays and Saturdays. It's our go to sober up spot. I'll eat brunch at 3am. Their 'New Yorker' scramble is fantastic. Pesto and Goat Cheese. Bzam!
OK now a quick recipe. Steel Cut Oatmeal is far superior to regular oatmeal. Tastes better and is better for you. Gobble it up. You can put anything in it! This recipe is apples and peanut butter. But I also love it with pumpkin and almonds or bananas and walnuts!
Ingredients: 1/4 cup Steel Cut Oats
1 cup water/milk/soy milk/almond milk(I use half almond milk and half water)
Pinch of salt(Very important!)
Dash of Cinnamon
Smudge of Sugar/Splenda/Stevia
Dollop of Peanut Butter
Something crunchy(Nuts/Granola/Flax seed...)
On medium heat bring your chosen liquid to a boil. If it's regular milk watch it closely so it doesn't burn.
Add the oats!
In a small bowl combine the apples,sugar, and cinnamon and nuke in the microwave for 2 minutes. It will smell so good--don't fwwweak out.
Throw it in with the oats as they finish cookin'. Add the pinch of salt. When it's all done--not too thick--slop it in a bowl--dollop with the PB and add some CRUNCH! I did flax seed--but there are cruncher options...I was just out of them.
Now go eat some breakfast like yo mama told ya!
ps. The first video blog died. You will never see it. But it was good. Real good. We'll do another one.