Boystown is the LGBT nightlife center of Chicago. The site of the city’s gay pride parade, it is home to thousands of LGBT residents, and some of the best brunches in the city. From cute boutique cafes to bottomless mimosa specials, find your best brunch in Boystown below.
It’s only fitting that one of gay culture’s leading figures, Oscar Wilde, be given a restaurant in his honor in Boystown, Chicago. The Wilde Bar & Restaurant channels Wilde’s Irish homeland with an extensive beer selection and many traditional Irish dishes. For brunch, the restaurant offers a wide variety of breakfast specials along with a host of fruity breakfast drinks, from morning mojitos to blueberry açai with Chambord liquor.
Taverna 750 takes day-drinking to another level, as waiters won’t serve your first course until everyone at your dining party has finished drinking their mimosas. This very adult-friendly restaurant will leave you full and quite tipsy with a variety of handmade cocktails (try the breakfast martinis) and unique dishes from duck bacon to spicy crab dip.
With several locations across Chicago, Kanela Breakfast Club offers many healthy and sweet breakfast dishes for fair prices. The Boystown location was Kanela’s first restaurant and today continues to serve Julius Meinl Coffee and signature cocktails, from rum chais to rhubarb iced-tea vodka at the chic bar. The Kanela cinnamon chip pancakes are a must-try at this bright and airy restaurant as are the red velvet french toast and Greek doughnuts.
With $5 mimosas on the restaurant’s patio and equally fair prices on many breakfast items, Drew’s on Halsted is a great choice for a long, lazy brunch. Scrambled egg croissants, chilaquiles, and lemon custard french toast are some of the highlights at this long-standing Boystown brunch spot. Plus, where else can you have brunch while a DJ plays for those adventurous enough to go on the dance floor before noon? Time for a breakfast martini or two.
Swedish pancakes served with Swedish meatballs are on the menu at Ann Sather’s, which serves Scandinavian fare highlighting Uptown Chicago’s Swedish roots. With huge portion sizes, trendy offerings such as breakfast crab cakes and smoked salmon, fresh orange juice, and wait staff that keep the coffee flowing, Ann Sather’s is not just one of the best brunches in Boystown, but perhaps even Chicago.
This restaurant is unbeatable in its surroundings since it is also a florist and brunch here feels like eating in a garden. A small restaurant but large enough for bridal showers and other private events, The Flower Flat serves Intelligentsia coffee and a revolving menu that has included peach caprese, Nutella toast, and benedictine sandwiches in the past. However, as a local, chef-owned restaurant owned by Chef Betsy Mikelson, any brunch-goer can count on their dishes served with style and artistry that is unparalleled in Boystown.