Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Chicago Eats: The Dawson
and Tuco & Blondie

Brunch is my middle name. Among my talents is an ability to pick great brunch places. It's a gift! I recently tried two Chicago eateries I hadn't visited yet: The Dawson and Tuco & Blondie. I loved both for different reasons.

The Dawson, West Town

I caught up with friends recently at the Dawson on the most gorgeous 65-degree day. We sipped on Bellinis ($11) as we waited for a table on the patio, which has a fireplace and plenty of seating areas. I basked in the sunshine while trying out the smoked salmon ($16), a large, beautiful platter. It was the best breakfast I've had in a while. The restaurant would be a great place to hold private events!

Tuco & Blondie, Lakeview

I came across this Mexican food restaurant while perusing the #InfatuationChi tag on Instagram. The food, drinks and decor looked amazing, so I suggested it to Jessie, who is quickly becoming a favorite brunch companion. I ordered the chilaquiles ($12) minus the chicken. It's two overeasy eggs over tortillas in red sauce and avocado, corn, tomato. It's also topped with sour cream. I paired that with black beans and rice. The rice wasn't the best I've had, but I loved the beans. I also enjoyed the red sauce, though I wish I would have ordered the eggs overhard (just my preference). I also had a classic margarita because when in Rome ... I also loved the decor. The walls next to the bar displayed framed cactus prints and a cactus adorned with holiday lights stood a few feet away from our table. We couldn't resist a photo with the mural outside, either.

What restaurants have you been loving lately? 

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