I like the way Pastry Chef Grace Donaghy of Little Market Brasserie thinks: there’s nothing wrong with a little dessert with Saturday and Sunday breakfast or brunch.
If you go
Little Market Brasserie
10 East Delaware Place, Chicago
Brunch Saturday and Sunday 6:30 a.m.-3:30
And my 5-year-old twins agreed as our family shared two gigantic orders of that day’s delicacy: freshly made yeast doughnuts with a coffee crème anglaise and blueberry vanilla preserves.
Each order came with three generously sized doughnuts sprinkled with sugar and deliciously warm straight from the oven.
The sweet treat changes on Chef Grace’s creative whim. Features could include skillet cinnamon rolls smothered in vanilla bean icing and banana nutmeg bread pudding with banana-infused caramel and Chantilly cream. Grace’s Sweet Sin dishes are $8 each and well worth every penny.
For those not fond of dessert for brunch (c’mon live a little!) there are tons of brunch options, ranging from breakfast staples like a perfectly done French Toast served with berries, syrup and vanilla cream to a sandwich straight from heaven: a grilled cheese with fried egg, cheddar, bacon, avocado and Sriracha sauce.
House specialties include buttermilk biscuits and gravy accompanied by sausage and a fried egg ($12.50) and smoked salmon with crispy potato hash browns, cream cheese, capers, red onion and mixed greens for $14.50.
Another bonus: In this swanky part of town, the people-watching is almost as good as the food.