Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Brunching Best of 2015

It's been another delicious year of brunching for Bunny and Brandy in Chicago.  From sweets to savories and everything in between, its been their busiest year yet, so before they close out these last 365 days of culinary adventure, here's a look back at Bunny and Brandy's favorite things about 2015.

Top 5 Favorite Discoveries

Best Time Saver: Meal deliveries from ChefMade

Biggest Revelation: Schmacon, beef's answer to bacon

Best Knock your Socks Off Flavor: Caribbean Spice from AllSpice Cafe

Recipe Everyone Should Learn: Heavenly Hots from Ina Pinkney's Ina's Kitchen cookbook

Best Use of Cheese: The Southport and the Sweetie Pie from Gayle's Best Ever Grilled Cheese

Top 5 Bastions of Gluttony

Most Stunning Festival Setup
: Taste of the Nation at the Navy Pier Ballroom

Most fun After Dark: LuxeHome Culinary Event at the Merchandise Mart

Best Addition to the Festival Scene: Chicago Food and Wine Festival in Lincoln Park

Most Bang for the Buck: Chicago Gourmet in Millennium Park

Most Adorable Theme: The Ping Pong Ball at the Hard Rock Hotel

Top 5 Not Brunches

Most Impressive Pasta Service
: The Casareccia Pasta at Travelle

Best French Fry Alternative: Mini Potato Latkes with the Alpine Burger at Table Donkey Stick

Best Fusion Dish: The Chicken and Beer Ramen at Yusho

So Nice we Went There Twice: Filini's Summer menu and Christmas menu

Best use of the term "Farm to Table": Everything at Farmhouse

Top 5 Best Sweets

Most Colorful Confections
: The Macarons at Vanille

Most English Pastry: The Afternoon Tea Scone from Scone City

Best Treat on a Stick: Strawberry Dream Cake Pops at Sugar Bliss

Best Donut: the Blueberry Danish at Stan's Donuts

Best Not Donut: The Sweet Heat Sandwich at Do-Rite Donuts

Top 10 Best Savories (and some more sweets)

Best Poutine: Prime Rib Poutine at SideDoor

Best Dish Name: Fat Man in a Bathtub at Links Taproom

Most Photogenic Food: The Pork Schnitzel Sandwich at BoHo

Best French Toast: the Brioche French Toast with Apples at Unite Urban Grill

Best Breakfast Pizza: the 3 Hour Roasted Grape Pizza at Osteria La Madia

Most Authentic Southern Dish: Shrimp and Grits Luella's Southern Kitchen

Best Cocktails: Twisted Tea Party menu at the Commons Club in the Virgin Hotel

Most Hilarious Buffet: Up Comedy Club's Sunday Bloody Mary Sunday

Best Value for the Indecisive: 4 course brunch for $25 at Emilio's Tapas

Best Brunch Dish after 10:00pm: The Chickpea and Beet Fries at Southport and Irving

And Bunny and Brandy's favorite dish of the year is...

The Cure from Headquarters!

A very Merry Christmas to all the brunch fans out there!  Here's hoping you sleep in long enough to make every breakfast a brunch!

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