Monday, December 5, 2011

Be Merry & Munch at These Holiday Brunches


Power shopping is serious business during the holiday season, but before you head out on your mission make sure you fill up with a nourishing good meal.

And if you're braving the weekend crowds, you'll want to check out one of these great brunches. From $15 bottomless Bloody Marys and Mimosas at 25 Degrees to Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club's annual Jingle Bell Brunch, here's what is going down:

We cannot be held responsible if you go overboard shopping if you hit up 25 Degrees's brunch beforehand. Every Saturday and Sunday they're doing $15 bottomless Bellinis, Bloody Marys or Mimosas, plus a number of signature burgers, fries and breakfast sandwiches. 11am-3pm.

Or you can give back while grubbing down at Brunch. From Dec. 12-18, diners who bring at least five cans of food to donate to the Greater Chicago Food Depository receive a complimentary appetizer.

Cantina 46, which is right in the heart of the Mag Mile shopping district, is the perfect setting for chef Troy Graves' (formerly of Eve, Tallulah) pop-up brunch happening Dec. 11. He's doing a traditional, slow-roasted Mexican cochinita pibil (suckling pig) that will be served family style with tortillas and habanero salsa. It's $25 per person and also includes bottomless mango mimosas and Micheladas. Seatings are at 11am and 1pm, and reservations are required at

The Jingle Bell Brunch happens on Christmas at Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club, so there will be no shopping involved, but the restaurant will give you a few gifts to take home. The "Super Sexy Santa" will be on hand for fun photographs (as well as offering shots). The holiday brunch is $30 for a three-course, prix-fixe menu ($15 for those who bring canned goods to donate to Vital Bridges.) For an extra $10, you'll get endless mimosas, sangria and Bloody martinis. 11am-3pm.

And Hyde Park's Park 52 hosts Brunch with Santa, where you'll get to meet St. Nick and indulge in an a la carte menu of omelets, pancakes, chicken & waffles, and catfish. Dec. 18 1:30-4:30pm. Reservations highly recommended at

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