"We're all pretty bizarre, some of us are just better at hiding it. That's all." - the Breakfast Club
Lakeview is home to a number of my favorite restaurants. With a wide variety of dining options, retail shops and coffee establishments, it's a neighborhood with much to offer. There is no better way to spend an off-day than exploring Lakeview, showcasing my favorite Chicago neighborhood to a couple of new freshmen on the team.
First on the list was a breakfast establishment, recently featured on Chicago Food Authority. Kanela Breakfast Club was absolutely phenomenal. Whether you prefer savory or sweet foods in the morning, this restaurant has multiple solid options for both preferences. Craving eggs benedict? This restaurant features an usual rendition that blew my mind. Beyond the typical ingredients of two poached eggs, an English muffin and hollandaise sauce, the dish combines the nutrition of brussel sprouts and cranberries with the tenderness of slow roasted pork belly. All eggs are cage-free and all ingredients are locally-grown or organic.
Craving something sweet instead? The Stuffed Raspberry Cheesecake French Toast is a solid option. Two pieces of challah bread as French Toast are stuffed with a sweeter cream cheese and warm raspberries. The dish is adorned with crumbles of graham cracker which provide a crunchy contrast to the softness of the French toast. A delightful treat to begin any morning!
The decor inside was sophisticated, classy and refined. On our visit, the service was super friendly and even offered to split the check for five people, a task commonly forgotten at some of the trendier new restaurants. Kanela Breakfast Club is the ultimate place for brunching with friends. Some might say it's the perfect place for a breakfast club!
Stuffed Raspberry Cheesecake French Toast