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Oak Park Brunch Spots

Top Brunch Spots in the Oak Park Area

Arguably one of the finest English dining trends to gain traction in the US, brunch is a genius meal—a combination of breakfast and lunch where unique culinary spins on conventional morning favorites are served alongside a cup of freshly brewed coffee or a handcrafted cocktail, depending on your personality and palate. The Oak Park area might be one of Chicagoland's best brunch destinations with its fantastic lineup of local spots that serve brunch on weekends, holidays, and sometimes on weekdays. Here's a neighborhood guide to the top 9 brunch destinations in the Oak Park area, with suggestions on some of the best items to order from the menu.

Brunch Spots in the Oak Park Area - Maya Del Sol

1. Maya Del Sol | 144 South Oak Park Avenue, Oak Park

Sunday Brunch 9 a.m.—2 p.m.

At Maya Del Sol, brunch is served with a Latin-fusion kick. When the weather's warm, kick back at a patio table for a breezy meal. Try the delicious veggie skillet, featuring fingerling potatoes, cauliflower, oyster mushrooms, grape tomatoes, kale arbol sauce and two eggs over easy. Or tickle your tastebuds with the pork belly benedict served with plantain, arugula, orange-chipotle hollandaise, two poached eggs and potatoes. The restaurant's abuelita pancakes with strawberries are a great option for kids and adults alike.

2. Cozy Corner Breakfast Boutique | 138 North Marion Street, Oak Park

Daily breakfast and lunch 6 a.m.—4 p.m.

This homestyle diner offers traditional American food in the heart of Downtown Oak Park at the corner of Lake and Marion Street. A reliable menu of breakfast classics, like pancakes and crepes, was recently refreshed to include dishes for gluten-free and vegan diners. Give the Gooey Granola pancakes a try, with the signature granola pancakes topped with fresh seasonal berries and Greek Honey. Guests who prefer their brunch savory should consider the Funky Gouda skillet, with smoked gouda, organic spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms, and duck bacon. Cozy Corner is also a popular destination for al-fresco dining during summer months when sidewalk tables line its exterior and offer picturesque views of Downtown Oak Park.

Brunch Spots in the Oak Park Area - Citrine

3. Citrine | 100 South Oak Park Avenue, Oak Park

Sunday Brunch 10:30 a.m.—2 p.m.

Drop in for brunch at Citrine to experience "Mediterranean-influenced cuisine with American flair." Cooked in clay pots within a brick oven, meals are drawn from owner Branko Palikuca's Serbian upbringing and chef Jordan Parker's Mediterranean travels. Taste "Manuels's Chilaquiles," highlighting red chili stewed tortillas, fried eggs and sour cream, or the "Slagel Farms Burger" served with gruyere, garlic paprika aioli, lettuce, tomato, zucchini B&B's and Kennebec fries.

4. The Heritage Forest Park | 7403 Madison Street, Forest Park

Saturday Brunch 10 a.m.—3 p.m.
Sunday Brunch 10 a.m.—3 p.m.

The Heritage is known for its delicious yet approachable menu of seasonal American cuisine in a chic setting—named one of the top 50 restaurants in Chicago by The Chicago Tribune. Brunch cocktails, like the weekly-rotating "Something & Tonic" specialty cocktail or a savory Bloody Mary, are a must to accompany Chefs Sieger Bayer and Michael Spiewak's twists on classic foie gras, "Chicken Liver Mousse." It's served with pepper jelly, sweet onions, radish and grilled sourdough. Or, satisfy your sweet tooth with cinnamon roll French toast, served with créme anglaise, maple syrup, pears and granola.

Brunch Spots in the Oak Park Area - Buzz Cafe

5. Buzz Café | 905 South Lombard Avenue, Oak Park

Sunday Brunch 8 a.m.—2 p.m.

Focusing on global, fair trade coffees and organic dishes, Buzz Cafe has become a community staple in the heart of the Oak Park Arts District. While it's locally sourced breakfast menu is available daily, a handful of items are only served during Sunday Brunch; from the crowd-pleasing French Toast, broiche dipped in orange-kissed btter with almond butter and cinnamon sugar, to the homemade quiche of the day, baked with a flaky crust and garnished with seasonal fruits.

6. Hemmingway's Bistro | 211 North Oak Park Avenue, Oak Park

Sunday Brunch 9 a.m.—3 p.m.

Head to this charming Parisian jewel to indulge in classic French dishes using only the freshest Midwest ingredients. Visit on Sundays for the renowned champagne brunch with live jazz, with the fixed price including a complementary glass of champagne, coffee or tea; a Parisian buffet offering pastries, seafood, cheeses and fruit; entree featuring eggs, seafood, waffles or chef's selection of roast de jour; and a delectable house-made dessert.

Brunch Spots in the Oak Park Area - The Little Gem Cafe

7. The Little Gem Café | 189 North Marion Street, Oak Park

Saturday Brunch 11 a.m.—3 p.m.
Sunday Brunch 11 a.m.—3 p.m.

The Little Gem Café is an elegant yet relaxed eatery serving regional cuisine with European underpinnings. During weekend brunch, diners can choose from an expansive menu offering everything from staples like the subtly sweet Brioche French Toast to Parisian bistro classics like the Croque Madame. During summer months, set up camp at one of the outdoor tables and sip on a refreshing craft cocktail while you dine.

8. Poor Phil's Bar & Grill | 139 South Marion Street, Oak Park

Monday — Friday Brunch 7 a.m.—3 p.m.
Saturday — Sunday Brunch 8 a.m.—3 p.m.

Head to Poor Phil's any day of the week for an expansive menu featuring unique Cajun-influenced dishes. Be sure to taste one of "PhilzBenedix," like the "Pacific Poacher"—eggs atop shrimp, or other seafood benedicts including eggs topped with crab or lobster. For a more traditional start to your morning, choose from waffles, pancakes or flavorful omelets. Brunch offerings on the lunch spectrum range from American cuisine like burgers and salads to dishes with Creole flair, including po' boys and jambalaya.

Brunch Spots in the Oak Park Area - Lavergne's Tavern

9. Lavergne's Tavern | 6546 Windsor Avenue, Berwyn

Saturday Brunch 11 a.m.—2 p.m.
Sunday Brunch 11 a.m.—2 p.m.

The No. 1 goal for owners and brothers Jerry and Jorge Hernandez is for Lavergne's to feel like a hometown spot. The two grew up in Berwyn, and Jerry describes himself and his brother as "beer guys." On Saturdays, they offer mimosas for $3 on the brunch menu, and Sundays at Lavergne's feature specials on house Bloody Marys and draft beers, too. For food, try the Mexican corn cakes, which come with egg, chorizo, refried beans, queso, avocado, salsa roja and sour cream. For a lighter entrée, go for the avocado toast, served on an English muffin with tomato, goat cheese, sunnyside-up egg and a baby green salad.

10. Oak Park Brewing Company & Hamburger Mary's Showlounge | 155 South Oak Park Avenue, Oak Park

Saturday Brunch 11 a.m.—2 p.m.
Sunday Brunch 11 a.m.—2 p.m.

Oak Park Brewing Company, Oak Park's first brewpub since pre-Prohibition days, boasts an ever-changing assortment of in-house brewed beers and upscale bar fare. While the burgers receive much of the accolades, it would be a mistake to overlook the compact yet eclectic brunch menu. Mimosas are always $3, while unique culinary flourishes elevate even the most basic breakfast items. Visitors with an appetite should try the Chicken 'N Waffle, featuring free-range chicken tenders atop an orange-rosemary waffle with diced bacon and balsamic syrup. Go for the Fishnet Scramble, with a mixture of house-smoked salmon, asparagus, and creamy goat cheese, if you're looking for a house favorite. A loaded schedule of live entertainment at the connected Hamburger Mary's Showlounge, famous for its legendary weekend drag shows, keeps things lively.

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