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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 10 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. Autre Monde Café & Spirits | 6727 West Roosevelt Road, Berwyn

Sunday Brunch 10 a.m.—2 p.m.

On warm days, enjoy a leisurely brunch with European stylings on Autre Monde Café's three-season garden patio, or dine inside at a hand-crafted table from the chef's home in Cakeridge Farms. The eclectic menu features seasonal Mediterranean dishes like shakshuka—eggs poached in Cazuela with tomato, pork fat potatoes and chorizo. Don't pass up the shrimp and Baker Miller grits, either, which feature rock shrimp, basil oil and cheesy Baker Miller grits. Anything you try comes with a recommendation from The Chicago Tribune, which named this hot eatery one of Chicagoland's top 50 restaurants.

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 - Mary's Morning Mix Up

5. Mary's Morning Mix Up | 9110 Broadway Avenue, Brookfield

Daily breakfast and lunch 6 a.m.—3 p.m.

Owner Mary Vasquez's goal has always been to create a family-friendly and warm environment in her local diner. Her wide-ranging menu includes everything from traditional favorites—like steak and eggs, waffles and oven-baked omelets—to decadent treats like cream cheese-filled red velvet French toast or Snicker's pancakes topped with peanut butter, chocolate chips, caramel sauce, pecans and a drizzle of chocolate syrup. For lunch, grab anything from salads and wraps to melts and signature sandwiches. Top it off by indulging in a malt, milkshake or handmade pastry.

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. Q-BBQ | 124 North Marion Street, Oak Park

Saturday Brunch 9 a.m.—2 p.m.
Sunday Brunch 9 a.m.—2 p.m.

Enjoy made-from-scratch comfort food and slow-cooked meats with Q-BBQ's signature style. Dishes are inspired by authentic barbeque traditions from across the country. Try a homemade Southern favorite like burnt end hash, featuring 24-hour smoked burnt ends, corn, black beans, red onion, brussel sprouts, two eggs and hand-cut potatoes. Or, treat your taste buds to something sweet and savory like chicken and waffles. It's a brown sugar crusted Belgian waffle, crispy chicken, mashed potatoes and fresh maple syrup. The menu spotlights other established brunch dishes with fresh barbeque spins, like the hand-dipped cornbread French toast or the crispy fried chicken biscuit sandwich.

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