The Best Brunch Spots In Chicago's Gold Coast

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© terren in Virginia/Flickr
Photo of andrea.linker
1 November 2016

The Gold Coast is home to beautiful houses, great shopping, and glamorous people. This neighborhood literally grew from the ashes of the Great Chicago Fire and has not stopped growing since. The Gold Coast is not short on traditional brunch places that are sure to fill your stomach and comfort your heart.

The 3 Arts Club Café

Cafe, Restaurant, American, Contemporary, $$$
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Three Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago
Three Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago | Courtesy of 3 Arts Club Café

In 2015, Restoration Hardware took over the building that used to house the Three Arts Club, transformed it into a showroom, and opened up the 3 Arts Club Café. It has a variety of options, from breakfast fare to salads to charcuterie plates, and everything is meant to be shared. The real showstopper of the 3 Arts Club, however, is the truffle butter grilled cheese; you will be dreaming about it for months after you try it. There’s also a full wine and beer list, if you’re seeking a boozy brunch. On top of it all, the 3 Arts Club is gorgeous.

The Original Pancake House

The Original Pancake House is a longtime Gold Coast staple. Its brunch is classically American, and the location is very comfortable and homey. It is known for its Dutch baby, a traditional German treat baked in a skillet and served with fruit and maple syrup. It closely resembles a pancake, but taken to the next level. The menu also includes classic brunch fare like eggs cooked any style, chocolate pancakes, and eggs Benedict. This joint is sure to have something for everyone.

Original Pancake House, 22 E Bellevue Pl, Chicago, IL, USA +1 312 642 7917

Hash House a Go Go

Restaurant, American, $$$
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Hash House a Go Go, Chicago
Hash House a Go Go, Chicago | © kennejima/Flickr
If you’re looking for a brunch to fill you for the rest of the day, look no further than Hash House A Go Go; the portions are gigantic. Look out for the sage fried chicken and waffles and any of the delicious hashes. The restaurant has a cool, garage-like vibe and a wonderful outdoor space for the summertime. Make sure to come hungry, because you’re going to leave very, very full.

Chicago Q

Bar, Restaurant, American, Beer, Wine, $$$
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With a build-your-own bloody Mary bar and house-smoked meats; Chicago Q serves a classic American brunch with a twist. There are a variety of Benedicts, including a smoked chicken & eggs Benedict that will knock your socks off. The chicken and waffles, served with a spicy syrup, are also not to be missed. To top it off, Chicago Q puts house-made chips and pickles on the table to snack on before your meal. This adorable restaurant is rather nondescript; the decoration is simple, as is the plating, but the food is anything but.

Bistrot Zinc

Restaurant, French, American, $$$
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Bistrot Zinc, Chicago
Bistrot Zinc, Chicago | © kennejima/Flickr
Bistrot Zinc serves a small but mighty menu for brunch, which leans more towards the lunch side. The brioche French toast and eggs Benedict are scrumptious, but the real show stopper is the croque monsieur. It’s creamy and savory and possibly one of the best croque monsieurs in town. The ambiance of the restaurant is classic, with white tablecloths and waiters in suits. It’s an incredible fine dining experience that won’t break the bank.

The Pump Room

While you might know The Pump Room as that place you got cocktails with your friends on Saturday night, you might not know about how great the food is, especially brunch. The menu is small, but it’s sure to transport you right back to your childhood Saturday morning breakfasts. There are delectable PB&J donuts, a toad in a hole (a fried egg cooked in the center of a piece of bread), and a gorgeous challah French toast. It’s all your childhood favorites, with an adult spin. The Pump Room also has spectacular cocktails to pair with your brunch.

Pump Room, 1301 N State St, Chicago, IL, USA +1 312 229 6740