America's Best Pancakes
This hip Windy City café is another big supporter of fresh
ingredients from regional markets and farmers. There’s always a “griddle cake”
on the menu, but the ingredients change according to season and whim. In
winter, they might be paired with stone fruit preserves, candied pumpkin seeds
and maple sabayon; as summer arrives in the Heartland, you can expect grape
jam, poached raisins, and spiced creme anglaise. Healthy breakfast standards
(scrambled tofu with miso sauce, oatmeal studded with dried cherries) are
served daily, but the weekend brunch menu is when the kitchen stops counting
calories and indulges regulars with specials such as lemon and pistachio bread pudding with strawberry
rhubarb preserves or a grilled pork
sausage plate with focaccia, soft boiled egg, and Michigan ramps.
Best sides: Apple-maple-sage sausage and nitrate-free
Gunthorp Farms bacon.