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New Year’s Day Brunches Around Town

Contemporary Classics, Comfort Fare and Ethnic Eats in Chicago

Sunday, January 1, 2012

What better way to start new year’s day than with a beautiful brunch. The list below outlines a bevy of downtown options, from classic breakfast and lunch fare to ethnic eats and treats. The details for each service are included by restaurant.

BLT American Brasserie will offer their new Sunday brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Featuring Chef Laurent Tourondel’s exquisite, wide-ranging menu, guests may enjoy salads and starters, egg dishes and breakfast entrees, lunch items from the grill, sushi rolls, pizzettas and more. Each patron will receive a warm, from-the-oven popover to start the meal. Incredible bloody Marys (barbeque, balsamic and the BLT) and brunch cocktails will also be available.

Say ole! to new year’s day at Cantina Laredo. Cantina Laredo will offer their complete brunch menu featuring favorite Mexican dishes, housemade margaritasand bloody Marias from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (entrees include a mimosa, Bloody Maria or non-alcoholic beverage of your choice). Some of the dishes will include crab cake benedict, chicken fajita omelet, migas con huevos, steak and eggs with chimichurri and huevos rancheros.

The New Year’s Day Hangover Buffet at Park Grill will cure all that ails you from the night before.  Special hangover-happy foods (ham and cheese French toast, banana and nutella pancakes, mushroom and spinach benedict, flat iron steak with chimichurri, biscuits and spicy gravy), brunch cocktails and a Bloody Mary Bar will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for $30 (adults) and $12 kids (ages 12 and under).

The Chicago Firehouse will feature Chef Kendal Duque’s new, winter a la carte brunch menu from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Duque’s dishes include a variety of eggs benedict, omelettes, scrambles and sweets, in addition to entree salads, soup, sandwiches and butcher offerings. Brunch cocktails may be perfect for the post-party day, from the BLT Bloody Mary and Hard Arnold Palmer to the 5-Alarm Coffee Cocktail and Spiked Sweet Tea.

Elate’s market-driven brunch from Chef Michael Noll will be available starting at 10:30 a.m. and will run until 2:30 p.m. Guests may enjoy bottomless mimosas (blueberry, mango, traditional) for $20 with the purchase of an entree. Noll’s menu ranges from sweets and savories to salads and sandwiches.

Start the new year with a show! The brunch at Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club will be offered from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free-flowing bloody Marys, sangria and mimosas will be $10 with any brunch entrée purchase from Chef Mark Kasper’s menu of contemporary classics and comfort fare. Lively performances from Kit Kat’s one-and-only Madam X will take place throughout the day. Kit Kat is featuring half-price martinis from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

The Hangover Brunch at The Red Canary will highlight a fan-favorite: “The Hangover” entree. The dish consists of skillet potatoes with melted cheddar, braised short ribs and a sunny-side egg on top for $14. Guests that partake in the bottomless mimosas ($18) or bottomless bloody Marys ($20) will receive a complimentary entrée from the weekend brunch menu. Brunch service is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The perfect place for a post-party hangover brunch is in Timothy O’Toole’s Pub’s subterranean setting. In addition to the brunch menu (scrambles, benedicts, burritos, burgers, sandwiches, waffles and more), the Pub will also offer a bottomless mimosa bar ($16) and bottomless bloody mary bar ($20) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For the football fans, sip $16 Miller/Coors family buckets, $5 Jack Daniels and Jack Honey cocktails while tuning in to over 75 screens (open until 3 a.m.).

ZED451 will start off the new year with an unforgettable brunch experience. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., dining guests may partake in a mid-day meal that includes a bounty of breakfast and lunch selections. Brunch is $29 per person, mimosas will be offered for $3 and house-made bloody marys, complete with gourmet garnish, will be $5 each. (Returning guests that purchased the New Year’s Eve dinner or party package will receive bottomless bloody marys at brunch.) In the Fireside Lounge, New Year’s Day is all about football. ZED451′s 80-foot screen will show every play of the games, and from 10 a.m. to midnight, $5 ZED burgers and $3 pints of craft beer will be offered in addition to the full “Cravings” menu.

BLT American Brasserie

500 West Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60654

The Chicago Firehouse
1401 South Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605


111 West Huron
Chicago, Illinois 60654


Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club
3700 N. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60613

kitkatchicago. com

Park Grill
11 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60602


The Red Canary
695 North Milwaukee Avenue

Chicago, Illinois 60642

Timothy O’Toole’s Pub Chicago
622 N. Fairbanks Court
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 642-0700
http://www.timothyotooles. com

739 North Clark Street
Chicago, Illinois 60611

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New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day at ZED451

This New Year’s Eve weekend, ZED451 will celebrants an elaborate, multi-course dinner in the main dining room, along with a premium party package in the Fireside Lounge, followed by a bountiful brunch on New Year’s Day.

On Saturday, December 31, ZED451’s New Year’s Eve dinner experience will be offered for $75 per person (plus tax and gratuity).  The menu will include unlimited selections from the seasonal Harvest Tables, a lavish raw bar, an abundance of chef’s entrees served tableside and mini pastries for dessert.  In addition, each guest will receive a complimentary flute of champagne to toast to 2012.  Table reservations will be accepted between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. and may be made through Open Table or by calling (312) 266-6691.

ZED451’s New Year’s Eve party package will be offered in the cozy, Fireside Lounge from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Revelers ringing in the new year will enjoy passed hors d’oeuvres, a deluxe open bar (blueberry gin mojito, spiced apple sangria, premium spirits, wine, imported and domestic bottled beer), party favors, DJ and midnight champagne toast. Tickets for the bar package are $95 per guest (includes tax and gratuity) and may be purchased by calling the restaurant at (312) 266-6691 or by visiting BrownPaperTickets.com.

The following day, ZED451 will start off the new year with an unforgettable brunch experience. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Sunday, January 1, dining guests may partake in a mid-day meal that includes a bounty of breakfast and lunch selections. Brunch is $29 per person (plus tax and gratuity), mimosas will be offered for $3 and house-made bloody marys, complete with gourmet garnish, will be $5 each. Returning guests that purchased the New Year’s Eve dinner or party package will receive bottomless bloody marys at brunch.

New Year’s Day is all about football, and ZED451’s 80-foot screen will show every play of the games (including our own Chicago Bears taking on the Minnesota Vikings at noon). From 10 a.m. to midnight, the Fireside Lounge will feature $5 ZED burgers and $3 pints of beer, in addition to the full “Cravings” menu (pad Thai tacos, char-grilled sirloin salad, calamari fries, house-cured duck pastrami Reuben sliders, maple Cajun BLT, spiced chicken samosas, Aegean flatbread and more).
739 North Clark Street
Chicago, Illinois 60611

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“Britney’s Birthday Brunch” at Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club

A Divalicious Dining Event to Celebrate Brit’s Big 3-0

Sunday, December 4
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Brunch service at Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club will be all-Britney on Sunday, December 4, in celebration of the pop princess’ thirtieth birthday (born December 2, 1981). Brunch guests will bop along to Britney’s music and enjoy entertainment by Diva Madam X performing as Ms. Spears from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Britney’s music videos will play on all seven jumbo screens and Brit-related prizes (Femme Fatale Tour DVDs, CDs and more) will be given away throughout the day, courtesy of Lakeview’s Borderline Music.

Executive Chef Mark Kasper’s new winter brunch menu will be offered, which features such dishes as Rice Krispie French Toast, Pumpkin Spiced Pancakes and Chilaquiles, in addition to hearty classics like Chicken and Waffles and Biscuits and Gravy (complete brunch menu is outlined below). During the Britney bash, Kit Kat will offer themed specials including the “It’s Britney, Bitch” martini and “If U Seek Hammy” menu item (listed below).

Brunch guests will enjoy free-flowing mimosas, sangria and bloody marys for only $10 with the purchase of a brunch entree. All of Kit Kat’s martinis (over 100 on the menu) will be half-priced, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. ($6 each, regularly $12).

Britney Brunch Specials

“It’s Britney, Bitch” Martini $6
Cruzan Citrus rum, St. Germaine Elderflower liqueur, champagne, squeeze of lemon and orange

“If U Seek Hammy” $11
Soft cooked scrambled eggs, seared smoked ham and cheddar cheese served with roasted red potatoes

Kit Kat’s New Winter Brunch Menu


curried chicken, crushed almonds and golden sultanas with brioche toast points and mixed baby greens

grilled 8oz. skirt steak, crumbled stilton blue cheese, baby spinach with a balsamic vinaigrette


1 protein choice of bacon, sausage or chicken
2 veggie choices of baby spinach, onions, green peppers or roasted potatoes
1 cheese choice of feta, goat, cheddar or swiss

eggs florentine – poached eggs, smoked ham, spicy bernaise with sauteed spinach over an english muffin

caramelized onion, bacon and wilted baby spinach with a puff pastry crust served with a mixed green salad

2 eggs, 2 bacon, 2 grilled sausage, roasted potatoes, 2 pancakes, 2 biscuits and gravy


please ask your server

applewood smoked bacon, aged egmont cheddar served with truffle fries

on a french baguette with herb aioli and baby mesclun greens served with cajun fries

BLT n A $12
applewood smoked bacon, hydro bib lettuce, fresh haas avocado served with cajun fries


with a tres leches sauce and a side of marinated berries

3 large pumpkin pancakes with cinnamon butter and warm grade a maple syrup

corn tortilla chips, chorizo, salsa verde, queso fresco and two fried eggs

house made cheddar biscuits served with sage sausage gravy and 2 eggs any style

please ask your server

chicken and waffles – fried chicken breast with fresh house made waffle with cayenne maple and roasted red fingerling potatoes

grilled allen brothers skirt steak with roasted potato hash, egmont cheddar and two eggs served any style

Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club
3700 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60657
http://www.kitkatchicago. com

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