Thanks to everyone who joined us at Oak + Char for the winter social. Hopefully you enjoyed the event and have an opportunity to check out their creative menu soon.
After a cold winter of dining out wherever is closest, and preferably where you can take the pedway, it’s time to resurface and begin making plans for stepping out this spring. What better reason than a business brunch? Here are five places to try:
A10 (Hyde Park) – Sophisticated brunch options without the pretentious atmosphere. Highlights of the brunch menu include the French onion quiche, crème brulee griddlecakes and fried chicken and waffles. Be sure to order one of their “Sweet Start” pastries to begin. The brioche sticky bun, ricotta doughnut and pistachio coffee cake are not to be missed.
Fig & Olive (Gold Coast/Magnificent Mile) – The dining experience is one for the eyes too. Both levels give diners plenty of beautiful scenery and people watching to compliment the food. Luckily, the menu does not disappoint either, with 11 mix-and-match crostini options and organic egg dishes like truffle mushroom fontina scrambled eggs. Also, I recommend the heirloom baby beet and burrata salad, and the bread and viennoiseries assortment to get you started.
Oak Tree (Gold Coast/Magnificent Mile) – Reservations at Fig & Olive can book up quickly, so it’s smart to have a backup option. The good news is, you can still stay above the tree line at Oak Tree in the 900 North Michigan building. A more laid back brunch spot and more traditional diner menu, Oak Tree is still a solid choice for fresh juice, house-made breads and classic egg dishes.
Little Goat (West Loop) – Great for entertaining guests who would appreciate an eccentric and flavorful menu. It is also good for clients who just happen to prefer pancakes over steak at any time, as the breakfast menu is served all day. There are too many items to recommend to name only a few but make sure to renew your gym pass because this food is anything but light.
For those in a hurry, Floriole is a great option for filling you up in the first half of the day. Their sandwiches, salads and sweet options change with the availability of ingredients and much of the food is sourced from local farms. A great choice for those looking for a more casual meeting spot or somewhere to work remotely.
Rachel Thompson is the North America client development manager for Baker & McKenzie. Rachel would like to thank the LMA Midwest Chapter for giving her a more legitimate platform for sharing her thoughts on restaurants and event venues, and for helping her secure a coveted spot on the office wine committee.