Chicago has so many breakfast spots, we could recommend 75 that we’ve both tried and loved, said the editors of Chicago. Every single one seems to keep the same oath with its customers: “No matter what happens to you today, we can at least give you a good start.” But there are a handful of places that promise an even higher level of bliss. Here are three:
M. Henry For weekdays and Saturdays, there’s no better choice. This storefront Andersonville joint delivers quick service, fluffy pancakes, bottomless cups of coffee, and Chicago’s best breakfast sandwich: “an enormous, crispy sour boule layered with over-medium eggs, thick applewood-smoked bacon, plum tomatoes, oozy Gorgonzola, and fresh thyme.” 5707 N. Clark St., (773) 561-1600; closed Monday
Bistro Campagne Sunday brunch elsewhere can “border on carnival sideshow.” This is instead an “urbane oasis,” serving such “meticulously executed” French classics as sunny-side-up eggs over grilled Poilâne toast, with a “fall-off-the-bone” duck confit. 4518 N. Lincoln Ave., (773) 271-6100
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The Publican By night, this boisterous Warehouse District spot is about oysters, beer, pork, and offal. The Sunday brunch crowd instead packs in for Honduran coffee, duck confit hash, and such “smart creations” as red-wine-poached eggs with a thick hollandaise. 837 W. Fulton Market, (312) 733-9555
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