1/4Photograph: Joe BankmannSAVORY: Eggs Sardou at Old Town Social
2/4Photograph: Joe BankmannSWEET: Beignets at Old Town Social
3/4MBASAVORY: Soft scrambled egg at Jam
4/4Photograph: Martha WilliamsSWEET: Malted custard French toast at Jam
By David Tamarkin|
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