Best Farm-to-Table Brunches

Locally-sourced meals
March 20, 2017
by Zagat Staff

Head over to these brunch spots that tout farm-fresh ingredients.

Frontera Grill
Mexican · River North · $$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.5

Still "fresh and inventive" 25-plus years in, this near "perfecto" River North "icon" showcases Rick Bayless’s "elevated" approach to Mexican cuisine in "outstanding" plates presented in an "informal" , "festive" setting; factor in "exceptional service" and fans say it’s "always worth" the "long waits" for a table, especially if you can pass the time indulging in the "superb margaritas."
Lula Cafe
New American · Logan Square · $$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.4

"Serving farm-to-table cuisine before it became popular" , this Logan Square "mainstay" is a "gold mine" for "exquisite" , "creative" New American fare (including an "amazing" vegetarian tasting menu) and "wonderful" cocktails; a "well-informed" staff works the "stylish" yet "laid-back" room where you "never feel rushed" – even when there are "huge lines" for the "fantastic" , no-reservations weekend brunch.
North Pond
American · Lincoln Park · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.7 · Service 4.6

A "pastoral" "oasis of fine dining" on a pond inside Lincoln Park, this "top-notch" New American offers "creative" , "locally sourced" fare that’s "artistic on the plate" in a "gorgeous" "Arts and Crafts building" with "jaw-dropping views of the city" ; "subtly attentive" service that "makes you feel special" adds to the reasons it’s "worth the splurge" , especially "for a celebration."
The Bristol
American · Bucktown · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.3

A Bucktown "treasure" , this "hip" New American spot offers "rustic yet gourmet" plates that take "casual dining up two notches" through local sourcing and "modern twists" ; a "comfortable" , brick-walled space and "attentive" servers enhance its appeal, as do "well-constructed" cocktails which some say might be "the best part."
Farmhouse Chicago
American · River North · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.1

A "sample-from-everyone's-plate" kind of place, this tavern duo presents "modern" , "market" -driven "comfort food" ( "leave your diet at the door" ) paired with a "vast" craft beer list; repurposed materials give the "casual, lively" spaces a "rustic" vibe that suits their "farm-to-table" mission.