If you haven't already figured it out, brunch is my favorite meal of the day. Not only is it the perfect weekend indulgence, but also I love the leisurely pace of the meal. Plus, there's the day drinking (which is not only acceptable, but also highly encouraged), the delicious food options (two of my favorites, eggs and lobster, tend to play heavily into brunch dishes), and the perfect lighting (very important for a food blogger). Thankfully, Chicago is a city that has fully embraced the brunch trend.
Diana is with me on the brunch love train, so much so that we decided to form an informal brunch club (Monthly Brunchgasm). Basically, we're on a mission to sample all the best brunches in the city and beyond! We're aiming for at least one brunch visit per month, but based on our record so far, we're averaging closer to three per month. As of now, it's just the two of us, but we're already in talks with others who want to join us; we also already have a long list of places to visit, but we're completely open to suggestions!
For our inaugural Bruchgasm visit, we decided to take advantage of a fantastic opportunity that came our way: a visit to the newest location of Kanela Breakfast Club. In the former The Savoy space, the fourth Kanela location offers all of its signature dishes right in the heart of Wicker Park. As with all of their locations, Kanela is focused on offering Greek-influenced, locally-sourced and organic breakfast, brunch, and lunch options... needless to say, they are a place that most definitely knows their way around all of the best brunchy food options!
We grabbed a seat near the windows (perfect for people-watching!) and started off our meal with Peppermint Hot Chocolate (made with Meinl European cocoa), a steaming pot of French Press Coffee, and the famed Kanela Roll.
Kanela Roll: Kanela's signature version of a cinnamon roll with buttercream frosting and cinnamon powdered sugar (fun fact: Kanela means cinnamon in Greek). I am always torn between ordering sweet or savory dishes, so I love having the option of a splitting a smaller sweet starter with my dining partner and saving the fab savory dishes for my main course.
The roll was soft & moist with layers of cinnamon and the frosting added the perfect amount of sweetness (I hate overly sweet, gloppy frosting on cinnamon rolls). Diana even mentioned that the Kanela Roll has ruined all other cinnamon rolls for her!
For my main entrée, I went with the Crab Cake Benedict: poached egg, avocado, crab cake & chipotle hollandaise on a English muffin. As I mentioned on Instagram, this may possibly be the best benedict I've ever had! I am obsessed with eggs benedict and I was so happy to see that Kanela's version pairs crab cakes with avocado (rather than the usual tomato) and chipotle (one of my favorites). Also, I'm not usually one who raves over potatoes, but these little herb roasted breakfast potatoes were quite delicious.
Diana chose the Chilaquiles: fried corn chips, house made chorizo, black beans, avocado, chihuahua cheese, two sunny side eggs & salsa verde. As I said to Diana as soon as they brought out the plate, Kanlela's version was quite possibly the nicest looking plate of chilaquiles I've ever seen (and yes, it was as delicious as it looks!).
Although we were absolutely stuffed, we couldn't leave without sampling the Stuffed Raspberry Cheesecake French Toast: challah bread, sweet cream cheese, macerated raspberry & graham cracker crumble. *insert massive eye roll of pleasure*
I think it's also worth mentioning that not only was the food on point, but also we had the best experience with the staff. The service was impeccable and our adorable hipster waiter (complete with a man bun!) made us feel like we were all fast foodie friends. :-)
You can sample Kanela's deliciousness at one of their four Chicago locations.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary meal to facilitate this post. Review and all opinions are my own.