Sweet and savory brunch options

Brunches that hit both sweet and savory notes.

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Photograph: Joe Bankmann

SAVORY: Eggs Sardou at Old Town Social

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Photograph: Joe Bankmann

SWEET: Beignets at Old Town Social

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SAVORY: Soft scrambled egg at Jam

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Photograph: Martha Williams

SWEET: Malted custard French toast at Jam

You’ve decided where to brunch and what time to meet there. Now comes the hard part: figuring out whether you’re going to eat pancakes or eggs; French toast or a burrito. Boiled down, you must decide whether you are going to eat sweet or savory. And it’s hard. It’s like choosing between your mom and your dad, your iPhone and your MacBook, the Blackhawks and, um…the Blackhawks?

But it doesn’t have to be this way. There are places that make it easy to answer the sweet/savory question by not answering it. Because the obvious answer is: both. And to do that, you need to go to a brunch spot that traffics in both sweet and savory entrées, as well as (and this is the harder find) sweet and savory sides, so you can try a bit of everything. Allow us to lay it down for you in this chart.

Perennial Virant
Savory entrée

Seared steak with home fries
PAIR WITH
Sweet side

Sticky bun

Sweet entrée

French toast
PAIR WITH
Savory side
Grilled house-smoked bacon


Old Town Social
Savory entrée

Eggs Sardou
PAIR WITH

Sweet side

Beignets

Sweet entrée

Bananas Foster French toast
PAIR WITH

Savory side

Hash brown casserole


Jam
Savory entrée

Smoked ham omelette
PAIR WITH

Sweet side

Pastry of the day

Sweet entrée

Malted custard French toast
PAIR WITH

Savory side

Soft scrambled egg


HotChocolate
Savory entrée

Smoked fish platter
PAIR WITH

Sweet side

Doughnuts

Sweet entrée

Buttermilk pancakes
PAIR WITH

Savory side

Housemade sausages


Owen & Engine
Savory entrée

Full English fry-up
PAIR WITH
Sweet side

Scones with clotted cream

Sweet entrée

Scottish pancakes
PAIR WITH

Savory side

Chips with malt vinegar aioli


Southport Grocery
Savory entrée

Breakfast bruschetta
PAIR WITH

Sweet side

Grilled coffee cake

Sweet entrée

Bread pudding pancakes
PAIR WITH

Savory side

Chicken sausage links


Julius Meinl
Savory entrée

Truffled croque-madame
PAIR WITH

Sweet side

Chocolate croissant

Sweet entrée

Nutella crêpes
PAIR WITH

Savory side

Black Forest ham


MarketHouse
Savory entrée

Biscuits and gravy
PAIR WITH

Sweet side

Beignets

Sweet entrée

Ricotta waffles
PAIR WITH

Savory side

Bacon


City Provisions
Savory entrée

Whitefish, smoked trout and smoked salmon on a bagel
PAIR WITH

Sweet side

Sweet scone

Sweet entrée

Doughnut holes with chocolate sauce
PAIR WITH

Savory side

Duck fat fries

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