Wednesday, February 6, 2008

The Wild Brunch

Go to Roscoe Village's Victory Banner for the irresistible French toast with fresh berries. (Photo: Victory Banner)

This week it is all about French toast. Thick, rich and filling, it is the perfect brunch entree on a blistering winter day. And so, I've picked out a few of my faves just for you!

You will not want to share the decadent Brioche French Toast (drizzled with apricot and almond spread) that's all the rage over at the crimson-hued Brasserie Ruhlmann (500 W. Superior St., 312-494-1900). At $8, it's one of the cheapest items on their brunch menu, but you can't get out of here without ordering the Ruhlmann potatoes (for an extra $5) or the Madrange ham (also $5) to accompany.

It's a special occasion every day at Sweet Maple Cafe (1339 W Taylor St., 312-243-8908), which is known for its Holiday French Toast (thick slices of Challah bread that's dipped in rich vanilla custard, scented with nutmeg and dusted with powered sugar) for $6.55. Add an addition $1.95 for turkey sausage or ham.

There's just something about vegetarian Roscoe Village eatery Victory's Banner (2100 W. Roscoe St., 773-665-0227) that drives foodies nuts. Ditto goes for their award-winning French toast (for only $5.95) that's absolutely dreamy with peach butter and thick maple syrup. Or, for a little umph to your selection, get it with fresh raspberries and powdered sugar for $7.45.

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