If your family is off for a day of exploring the
city, start out on a full stomach by brunching at Markethouse
Restaurant in Streeterville first. Its location is key-within
walking distance of the lake, downtown parks and Navy Pier-and the
newly revamped brunch menu will please even the pickiest eater in
While I dug into a delicious omelet adorned with various
meats, cheeses and veggies with huge slabs of bacon as an
accompaniment, I felt slightly out-ordered by my husband, who chose
the toasted pecan banana cast-iron waffle. Other interesting waffle
flavors foodie parents will enjoy include meyer lemon ricotta and
smoked salmon with capers.
My 4-year-old twins opted for Mickey Mouse-shaped
traditional buttermilk pancakes, which they reported were "better
than Mommy's." Kids who are more adventurous in their
pancake-eating might try a griddle stack in flavors such as
strawberry rhubarb, blackberry mint, taffy apple or Michigan
blueberry and brown butter.
Other popular dishes include the Miller Farm chicken and
waffles, the Miller Farm chicken pot pie (worth the 15-minute prep
time) and the Slagel Farm smoked brisket.
Executive Chef Scott Walton, a Chicago native, prides
himself on sourcing local produce and using the restaurant's
massive rooftop garden for his original menu, which he says
"marries Heartland basics with fresh, regional specialty
ingredients from around the globe."
Linda made it a goal to try out every kid-friendly venue in Chicago, which she chronicles in her Chicago Parent Good-to-Go column.
See more of Linda's stories here.
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