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City Bites: Summer House Santa Monica

December 28, 2017

The bitter cold won’t stop us from enjoying brunch in the city. Besides, what better way to get rid of those winter blues than with a great meal? We can’t think of anything else we want to do on a cold Saturday morning anyway than trekking around Chicago for our next brunch spot. If you’re looking to escape the snow for an hour or two, then head over to Summer House Santa Monica for a moment of paradise.

Summer House Santa Monica (Chicago, IL)

Are you sure it's not Summer?! Windows are open! #madeinsantamonica

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Located in Chicago’s Lincoln Park, Summer House Santa Monica instantly makes you forget that there are constant wind chills in Chicago right now. It feels like you teleported to California as soon as you walk in. The restaurant’s interior is covered with tropical greenery, bright colors, and patio chairs. There’s even a sign counting the days to summer (it’s 155 days, by the way).

Just when you thought that didn’t scream summer, we sat in the main dining room covered in skylights. The glass ceiling helps brighten up the beach house vibes even more and it’s how the restaurant brings West Coast to the Windy City. The entrance holds a bakery shop to grab treats to go. Think over-sized cookies, warm cinnamon rolls, delicious Rice Krispies, and specialty coffee drinks.


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Chef/partner Jeff Mahlin brings California-inspired dishes with fresh ingredients to the menu. Some dishes include their spinach and kale omelet, avocado toast topped with poached eggs, and Mexican hashbrowns. The prices, though, certainly made me second guess on what I wanted to get.

I ended up ordering the Breakfast Tostadas packed with pulled chicken, crispy corn tortillas, sunny side up eggs, avocado, queso fresco and ranchero. The ingredients together certainly brought a kick to brunch dishes I normally have. The food was good and filling. Was it amazing? No, but the experience certainly would want me to come back again and try something new.

All in all, stop by Summer House Santa Monica if you’re looking for a break from Chicago’s winter chills.

1954 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

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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.

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