Wednesday, January 16, 2008

The Wild Brunch . . .

This is what you'll get if you check out Sinhá’s Sunday Brunch on the near West Side. (Photo: Sinhá Brazilian Catering)

So here comes a new weekly feature, The Wild Brunch.

Every Wednesday, 312 Dining Diva aims to highlight some of the best brunch spots in the city, from old-time faves to some offbeat stuff. Got any suggestions or favorites of your own? Please send them in!

The Wild Brunch for this week:

Green Zebra (1460 W. Chicago Ave., 312-243-7100). The sexy little vegetarian-focused spot in West Town quietly started brunch service in 2007, and the neighborhood fans are delighted. They're coming for Challah French toast (with black pepper and strawberries), caramelized vegetable hash (with roasted tomato vinaigrette and baked eggs) and Anson Mills grits (with Southern greens, smoked mushrooms and poached eggs). You won't get out of the door without ordering the homemade sticky buns. And if you're hungover, get it together with the GZ Bloody Mary that comes with NorthShore vodka, tomatoes and spices.

Sinhá’s Sunday Brunch/Early Supper. Ever wonder what it would be like to get a real taste of Brazil? Jorgina Pereira invites the public into her near West Side home for this over-the-top event that will put you in great spirits for the rest of the week. She whips up a different buffet every week featuring delicious items from her native country. The other best thing about her brunch par-tay?! It's BYOB, so you can bring bubbly for your Mimosas, Cachaça to make fresh Caipirinhas or vodka for Caipiroscas. There is also dancing, mingling and traditional samba dancers. They have two seatings every Sunday, and reservations are mandatory. $25 (unless there's a special event, then it's $35). 2-6pm Sundays. 2018 W. Adams St., 312-491-8200.

Tweet (5020 N. Sheridan Rd., 773-728-5576). Michelle Fire's Uptown brunch, breakfast and lunch spot is so cool. And since they first opened a few years ago, they've always been eco-conscious, offering organic, anti-biotic free and hormone-free products as much as possible. My favorite here is the hearty bowl of organic oatmeal with dried fruit and ham carved off the bone. Or do the buttermilk biscuits and gravy with Hebron Farm Amish country sausage on the side. Got kids? Ask for the activity basket to keep them busy!

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