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Restaurant Wed Jan 07 2009

My Holiday Brunch

1/365 My first meal of the yearOn New Years Day, a few of my friends and I decided to go out for a holiday brunch. After calling several bars in the Lakeview area and after being let down many times, O'Donovan's (2100 W. Irving Park Rd.) came to the rescue with a brunch special. Let me break it down for you: Multiple varieties of soup and salad, dinosaur-shaped chicken fingers, mac 'n cheese bites, biscuits and gravy, fried chicken, potatoes, scrambled eggs, beans, mini corn dogs, sausage, bacon, mini quiche, French toast, two types of pasta, veggie tray and sloppy joes. That was the first set of tables.

Move across the room to find every kind of fruit imaginable, yogurt, granola (amazing!), muffins, bagels, build your own omelet station, ham and roast beef (freshly carved), waffles (made-to-order), marshmallows, whipped cream. This all topped off with a fountain of chocolate.

I'm sure I'm forgetting a few items but this covers most of it - besides, what else could you ask for? This brunch special takes place every Sunday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; all you can eat for $13.95. I highly recommend checking it out.

Kyle / January 7, 2009 5:45 PM

Sounds delicious. We've had the same misfortune with brunch in the city. Either too expensive, too little food, or a ridiculously long wait. We found a homerun place just after Halloween though. Piazza Bella on Roscoe in Roscoe Village. Awesome Sunday buffet with pasta, salad, fruit, potatoes, pizza, build your own omelets, sausage/bacon/ham, salmon, mozz/basil stuff, and more. Cost was also only $13.95. Best of all, in the 45 minutes we were there, we were one of three tables, and for 15 minutes, the only table. Meanwhile, places down the street had 30 minute waits.

Kaitlin / January 8, 2009 9:55 AM

That sounds pretty great, too. I'll definitely have to check it out - nothing beats a good brunch. Mmm. Thanks for the suggestion!

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