What I Ate: Logan Square, Chicago (Brunch Edition!)

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Whenever you’re hungry on Saturday or Sunday, come to Logan Square for brunch! Logan Square is a bevy of delicious brunch options and hopefully you’ll catch them on a day with a short wait.

Since I am officially an Illinois resident now (I’ve got the driver’s license to prove it!), I’m spending a lot more time exploring my Chicago neighborhood. Thankfully Logan Square is a foodie mecca, with new restaurants & bars opening up what seems like daily. There is always somewhere new to try!

Sam & I try to stagger our restaurant eating, both for our budget and our diet. We eat out for one dinner and one brunch per week. Like I said, lots of places to eat at! This is my second installment of What I Ate:Logan Square, so if you missed the dinner highlights, catch up on my eating here.

Here are my top recommendations for brunch in Logan Square:

Cellar Door Provisions — 3025 W Diversey Avenue 

Located in an unassuming nameless building on Diversey, Cellar Door Provisions is a hidden gem in Logan Square. Its bright but tiny cafe gets crowded quickly because it is only open for brunch/lunch Wednesday-Sunday. Despite the wait, it is absolutely worth coming. In my opinion, their pastries are the best in the neighborhood (photo above). The croissants are seriously amazing, and paired with fresh drip coffee, this is a great spot to read a newspaper or have a slow start to your morning.

Lula Cafe — 2537 N Kedzie Avenue

One of the most popular and well-known brunches in Logan Square, Lula Cafe nearly always a wait for brunch, so come prepared with comfortable shoes. They have a new menu every day along with their Cafe classics, so that you can try exactly what is in season now. I love how driven by fresh market ingredients this place is. It’s a hip spot with a great patio space during the summer, and a solid sour ale selection. I’ve been here a few times, so a few favorites from the menu are their seasonal French toast, the rotating pastry board, and their breakfast sandwiches. If you’re not in the mood for brunch fare, get the baked feta! It is so creamy and rich with a charred fresh bread and jalapeno drizzle to cut through the fattiness.

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Scofflaw — 3201 W Armitage Avenue

I also mentioned Scofflaw during my What I Ate: Logan Square post earlier this year, but it is worth writing about twice (both because it’s good, but also because it’s steps away from my house…). Scofflaw has a slim but tasty rotating brunch menu, as well as some delicious breakfast cocktails. I had their biscuits and gravy the last time I was there and LOVED them.

Jam — 3057 W Logan Blvd

This is a classy little brunch spot, and makes for a perfect place to bring parents if they’re spending the weekend with you. The bright & modern decor is the first thing you’ll notice, but the food is what you’ll remember. I love the burrito suizo which is served in a delicate buckwheat crepe with a bright & citrusy tomato crema. If you’re more of a sweet breakfast person, the french toast is awesome. The malted custard stuff inside is creamy heaven , and the pink peppercorns & lime offer a unique and light flavor profile to the rich but not heavy dish.

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Bang Bang Pie Shop — 2051 N California Avenue

A hole in the wall shop, Bang Bang Pie Shop is a quirky spot for a laid back breakfast or dessert. They’ve got a seasonal menu of savory and sweet pies, as well as house made biscuit sandwiches throughout the day. All made from scratch, the creative combinations of flavors they feature makes it so unique. I tried the sweet honey pie, which was one of the best cheesecakes I’ve ever eaten, albeit rich! For breakfast, I also tried the avocado biscuit, which was mildly seasoned by the biscuit was perfectly flaky. Get there early (or late) because there is a steady line throughout the morning, especially on the weekend.

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Same Day Cafe — 2651 N Kedzie Avenue

A small and sunny spot housed in what was formerly a dry cleaners, Same Day Cafe offers a cheap and no-frills brunch that is really good! I stumbled upon this light filled small cafe when the wait at Longman & Eagle (located next door) was 2 hours. It has a modest and simple design with a cheap and tasty menu. Think classic American breakfast items but made with good ingredients for under $10. I ordered biscuits and gravy that came with a simple creamy mushroom and meat sauce. Their avocado toast is also awesome!

 

Son of a Butcher by Whisk — 2934 W Diversey Avenue

Recently rebranded, Son of a Butcher (now by Whisk) offers a little bit heavier brunch fare than other places in the neighborhood. It’s a great spot if you’re hungry! They’ve got a big mix of sweet & savory well-tread brunch options, so it’s good for a mixed group or non-foodies. I’m an eggs Benedict lover, so that is my go-to when I come here, but I’ve heard that the hashes & pancakes are also awesome.

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Longman & Eagle — 2657 N Kedzie Avenue

I wrote about Longman & Eagle back in the dinner rundown of my Logan Square meals, but this is also great place to experiment with brunch! Plus if you can’t afford a Michellin star meal for dinner, brunch is a much thriftier alternative. I went this past weekend with Sam and enjoyed a delicious duck egg hash with an bright black truffle aioli. It had all the finesse and well balanced flavors you would expect in a homey and approachable dish that was executed perfectly!

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Looking for more restaurant suggestions in Chicago? Check out my recommendations for Wicker Park here.

 

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Author: Megan Arz

I am a travel and food obsessed Midwesterner living in Chicago and dreaming of the world. I work as a full-time program manager for Greenheart Travel, but I am also committed to integrating the travel lifestyle into my every day routines. I am passionate about ethical travel, meeting new people, creating unique memories and eating local cuisine!

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