It seems like the best brunch places are not found through Instagram hashtags or in luxury magazines. Don’t get me wrong, I still love Kanela Breakfast Club and The Hampton Social. But, hidden gems always beat the rest. That’s what I call the Bryn Mawr Breakfast Club, a breakfast restaurant tucked in the North Park neighborhood of Chicago. It instantly became my new favorite brunch spot right from my first bite.
Bryn Mawr Breakfast Club (Chicago, IL)
Bryn Mawr Breakfast Club is definitely a neighborhood joint based on its location. While waiting for our table on the corners of Bryn Mawr and Kimball, you might not take a double take of the restaurant based on its exterior. It looks like a regular diner, but there’s so much more offered inside.
When walking into the restaurant for the first time, I instantly felt a homey feel with a modern twist. The genius menu created by Chef Manny Mejia (who previously worked at M Henry and Jin Ju) brings something extraordinary to America’s favorite meal. From the Bread Pudding French Toast to Lox & Asparagus Benedict, there’s everything you can find for brunch on the menu. Plus, there are still many lunch dishes like sandwiches, salads, and street tacos to enjoy.
I ordered the Lemon Crab Cake Benedict and yes, this brunch place still makes comfort food seem fancy. This dish came with lump crab cakes, cream cheese, sauteed spinach, and tomato creamy hollandaise. I couldn’t get enough of how fresh the meal tasted! Good seafood is sometimes hard to come by in Chicago (especially after living the past 8 months on the East Coast). The Bryn Mawr Breakfast Club doesn’t mess around with its food though.
Not to mention, their portions were the perfect size with the already reasonable price they offered—my plate only cost $13.50! The atmosphere overall felt like more of a community hangout than some stuffy brunch restaurant. You can tell that the neighbors in the surrounding area probably take pride in the Bryn Mawr Breakfast Club too. I wouldn’t imagine a better way to have a pleasant start to my day.
Believe me, Bryn Mawr Breakfast Club is worth the trek up north for brunch. There’s no doubt you’ll leave the restaurant with your fist in the air (sorry, I had to squeeze in that John Hughes reference ).
Bryn Mawr Breakfast Club, 3401 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Chicago
What restaurant should I try next? Leave your suggestions in the comments below.
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Author: Katina Beniaris
Born in Chicago, Katina has always been drawn to cities. She spent her college years in the heart of Chicago studying journalism and she travels to various cities every year for new experiences. When she’s not blogging, you can find her catching up on the latest pop culture sensation on Netflix.