Perennial Virant

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  • Contemporary American
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Photograph: Erica Gannett
Morels with milk jam and chive blossoms at Perennial Virant
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The regularly changing dinner menu at Paul Virant's restaurant always includes thoughtful vegetable dishes and excellent charcuterie, but our favorite time at the restaurant is brunch. While the brunch menu, too, is seasonal, there will always be a doughnut, like a recent version with carrot jam and cream cheese vanilla glaze, and an excellent Bloody Mary garnished with an elk, pickle and cheese stick. A hearty plate of corned beef hash with poached eggs came with tangy creamed pickled beets, a surprising brunch side that made us willing to try anything Virant puts out in the morning.

Venue name: Perennial Virant
Address: 1800 N Lincoln Ave

Cross street: at Clark St
Opening hours: Breakfast (April-December) Mon-Fri 7am-11am; Brunch: Sat, Sun 9am-2pm; Dinner: Mon-Thurs 5pm-10pm, Fri, Sat 5pm-11pm, Sun 5pm-9pm
Transport: El stop: Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Sedgwick. Bus: 11, 22, 36, 72, 73.
Price: Average main course: $25
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