The Top 10 Brunch and Breakfast Spots in Logan Square, Chicago
Discover the best brunch spots around Logan Square | Courtesy of Park and Field
Chefs in Logan Square are pioneering new concepts when it comes to brunch in Chicago. Michelin-star establishments are discreetly tucked between quirky galleries and music venues; that’s all part of the experience when dining in the city’s hipster haven. Here are the 10 best brunch and breakfast spots in Logan Square.
Coast into this bright brewery adorned in treasures from towns along the Midwest’s Great Lakes. Bask in the aroma of a handmade breakfast pizza roasting in the oven as you sip a sweet wheat morning ale. Funky beers boast playful descriptions, like the Sabo Crush, which asks, “Remember the time you dusted your carnival cotton candy with grass clippings? No? Well this soft session IPA will help your memory.” Fresh loaves of sprouted rye and seeded wheat are baked to complement toast garnishes such as prickly pear jelly and ricotta spread with honey. As an added bonus, Middle Brow gives back to the community with a weekly free lunch for students in need of a nourishing bite.
This tavern, inn and eatery captures the spirit of an old-time drinking hole imagined to take in travelers amidst a long-haul American journey. Hearty and meat-focused fare is served in a handsomely designed space with dramatic taxidermy and jewel-toned accents. Go classic with eggs and house-made sausage, or take it to the next level with the duck egg hash drizzled in truffle vinaigrette. Paying tribute to the OG concept of an inn, Longman and Eagle is an establishment where you can eat, drink and sleep. After brunch and a few house bloodys with a zingy brine and subtle sweetness, head upstairs to check in for a night at the six-room bed and breakfast.
A neighborhood favorite and one of the first to set up shop in Logan Square, Lula Cafe first opened its doors in 1999. The elegant café has since simmered to a slow boil to the top of any Chicago foodie’s must-try list. Stop in for fluffy French toast, but stay for the midwestern hospitality. Fresh farm eggs and porridges made from cornmeal ground at a local mill create a base for fresh fare that goes above and beyond. It’s been lovingly adored by everyone from critics at The New York Times to the Michelin Bib Gourmand. Not to mention, it’s where the cast of Clueless decided to stop in after their recent cast reunion, totally buggin’!
Red and white umbrellas dot the gravel-filled back patio at this fried chicken specialty spot. Play a game of ping pong in the sun while you wait for your beer-battered fish fry. The hush puppies with cream cheese, scallions, harissa aioli and cornmeal are not to be missed either. The concept mixes deep-fried Southern grit with Midwestern comfort classics in a charming indoor/outdoor dining space. The bar patio boasts an energetic atmosphere that’s great for a group outing. Bring your pup along and spend dusk to dawn at one of the neighborhood’s most loved all-day hangout spots.
Visit 90 Miles Cuban Cafe for salsa and live music
Restaurant, Cuban, $$$
Enjoy authentic Latin American cuisine at 90 Miles Cuban Cafe | Courtesy of 90 Miles Cuban Cafe
It’s always a Havana night at 90 Miles Cuban Cafe. Pull up a seat at the lively BYOB spot serving Cuban eats and contagious energy. The family who owns the café first arrived in Chicago in 1980 on a shrimp boat all the way from the Mariel Harbor in Cuba. Even in the dead of winter, the patio is open, and Latin vibes travel throughout the restaurant. Start with a café con lecheor tropical fruit shake before digging into a patatas bravasskillet with red wine habanero sauce, pork, potatoes and eggs. Stay for salsa or live music, and enjoy a little tropical staycation in the city.
All of the mouthwatering meals served at this classic establishment are made meat-free. You might not even know it, though. The potato hash with crumbled tempeh, sliced potato, roasted red peppers, and onions seasoned with crushed fennel seed nourishes with plant-based power. If you’re new to meat alternatives, taste test tofu and seitan with the Build A Brunch menu, where you can choose from a freshly made selection of à la carte dishes. Comfortable booths line the casual eatery, and options like award-winning vegan milkshakes and gooey vegan grilled cheese have earned the Chicago Diner a cult following around Chicago and beyond.
Peruse the quirky sports memorabilia at Park and Field | Courtesy of Park and Field
Not a Sunday morning sports person, but trying to entertain someone who is? Park and Field is about to knock your socks off. The bar and restaurant is decked out in vintage sports memorabilia mixed in with antique chandeliers, a beautiful interior and an outdoor bocce ball court. Leather punching bags, broken-in tennis rackets and old-school champion photos hanging on the wall add a lived-in character all around. Enjoy bottomless boozy brunch every weekend at the former auto shop turned sports bar by a local couple. Stock up at the omelet bar with bacon, smoked salmon, pancakes, waffles and more. Grab yourself a bloody and head out to a fire pit on the expansive 6,000-square-foot patio to catch all the game day vibes.
Get your breakfast burrito fix at this Tex-Mex eatery. An inviting and bright atmosphere with muted colors and blonde-toned wood earned Lonesome Rose a 2019 James Beard nomination for Outstanding Restaurant Design. You can’t go wrong with the burrito filled with scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese, poblano peppers, potatoes, onions and topped off with Texas Pete hollandaise. Or, dig into chilaquiles with house-made pickled onions, cheese and scallions and a perfect fried egg atop a bed of freshly baked tortilla chips. Flavors that highlight bright citrus and textured bits of satisfying crunch with oozy spiced cheese earned this spot a Bib Gourmand designation from Michelin.
More of a café than a formal, sit-down dining spot, Bang Bang Pie lets you order up delectable pies and biscuits at the Bang Bang counter. Go sweet with lavender blueberry dripping in lemon poppyseed cream or savory with a sausage sage biscuit spiced with pimento cheese and pepper jelly. The vibe is great to catch up with an old friend, or dine by yourself while getting into a good book. Don’t leave without a souvenir of freshly made jam. Bars and restaurants around the city order their desserts and specialities from this little bangin’ pie shop.
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Walking into the backyard at Daisies feels like discovering a city secret. Clad in red brick with shade from a large linen textile, the patio at Daisies is a lovely spot for brunch. Chef Joe Frillman develops all of his recipes with products from farms within 30 miles of the restaurant, including eggs and honey from his family’s eight-acre farm in Illinois. Sweet indulgences include rhubarb flapjacks with orange zest and “maple syrup that doesn’t suck.” Pasta is the specialty at Daisies, so try the carbonara with tajarin noodles, bacon and black pepper. It pairs oh so nicely with an “Illinois Rose Drink” made with sparkling rosé and house-made raspberry soda. A strong purveyor of local grapes, 12 of the bottles on the wine list hail from the Midwest.