The Manliest Little Brunch in Chicago

Today on Chicago Brunch Blog, we’re going to play a game called, “Let’s genderize brunch so dad doesn’t feel emasculated or something.”  It’s Father’s Day this Sunday (that being June 20 for all you last minute gift-givers), which means another blissful midday brunch, showering your favorite human armchair with gratitude, gifts and maybe just a little love. And for you bastard children out there (holla!), you too can celebrate Father’s Day by picking yourself up one of the many daddies searching for girls to spoil on Craigslist. Who’s a believer in second chances now?!

Balsan at The Elysian
(11 E. Walton St. | 312.646.1400)
What are we eating?: Dapper brunch. Make dad feel like a baller by handing him brunch and the keys to a BMW. Always good for a bougie brunch, Balsan will be offering a few perks in addition to their three-course brunch menu, including: a gift certificate for a drink in Bernard’s Bar, a shave in the Men’s Atelier at the hotel spa and the opportunity to take a seat in one of five new BMWs.  Before you set him off to be pampered up, load up on dishes such as steak and eggs with potato puree and arugula; bourbon French toast with blueberry maple syrup; and some of those highly-anticipated desserts from new pastry chef Stephanie Prida.
But how much?: $38 per guest
When can we eat?: 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Sixteen at The Trump
(401 N. Wabash Ave. | 312.588.8030)
What are we eating?:
Bougie brunch — but comparative to the $115 Mother’s Day brunch package, Father’s Day is a steal at $90 per person. Don’t worry, they’re still keepin’ it fancy (and manly!) with a buffet that includes: lamb, steak, ribs, raw bar, sushi and specialty beers.
But how much?:
$90 per guest; $25 for children under 8 (sans tax, gratuity + alcohol)
When can we eat?: 10:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Ben Pao
(52 W. Illinois St. | 312.222.1888)
What are we eating?: Steak — as much as you possibly can. Everyone knows that dads love steaks as much, if not more, than their own children. Find out which he loves more by treating him to a family-style menu of all-you-can-eat Steak Kow with prime flank steak, along with three appetizers, three main dishes, a side and rice. And “just because,” Ben Pao is also throwing in a jar of Chef Hoveke’s secret Hong Kong steak sauce and a $15 Ben Pao gift certificate.
But how much?: $23.95 per guest
When can we eat?:
1:00-9:00 p.m.

(1800 N. Lincoln Ave. | 312.981.7070)
What are we eating?: Something your mom doesn’t feel like making. Maybe your dad has a beer gut or sneaks trips to Wendy’s in the middle of the night because he and your mom are supposed to be “losing weight and having fun doing it together.” Conveniently forget, take the blame for this one and expect eternally gratitude for savories like pork belly omelette with mushrooms and cheddar cheese; short rib hash with potatoes, onions, brioche crouton and fried egg; and truffle eggs Benedict with spinach, mushrooms, hollandaise and white truffle oil.
But how much?: A la carte; entrees in $10 range
When can we eat?:
Sat. & Sun. 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Kit Kat Lounge
(3700 N. Halsted St. | 773.525.1111)
What are we eating?: Something big. Have you had something you’ve been meaning to tell Dad but we’re sure quite how? Get drunk on bottomless $10 mimosas and Bloody Marys and fill up on the aptly-named Big Daddy (eggs florentine) before breaking the news. On the plus side, there’s live entertainment provided courtesy of Madam X in addition to handing him a good shocker.
But how much?: A la carte entrees range $10-20 or the prix-fixe menu for $25
When can we eat?: 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Zed 451
(739 N. Clark St. | 312.266.6691)
What are we eating?: More like where are we eating, and that’s outside. If the meteorologists don’t fail us, Sunday is looking to be hot and sunny, so make it a rooftop brunch. Besides, unless they’re from the city, chances are your parents will want an impressive view to make it worth the schlep. Reward them both with unlimited brunch items like buffalo fried chicken and housemade waffle; crab cakes benedict with Cajun hollandaise; and duck hash browns.
But how much?: $24 per guest
When can we eat?:
10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. this!

2 Responses so far »

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    jess said,

    June 20, 2010 @ 11:24 am

    the first line to this post is AMAZING LOOOOOOOOL

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    Leah said,

    July 5, 2010 @ 1:49 pm

    Just stumbled upon your blog…so excited to follow – always looking for new brunch places!

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