I was never one to get up early for Saturday morning cartoons as a kid because I liked sleeping in more than watching “Inspector Gadget.” Not much has changed on that front over the years — I still love lazy weekend mornings much more than planned ones. That’s one of the reasons I feel so at home in Chicago. In this fair city, I never miss brunch because it’s served into the late hours of the afternoon. My kind of town!
So when we were invited to the Bull and Bear for brunch on-the-house last Sunday at the crack of 11 a.m., I figured I could rouse myself for the occasion. And good thing I did. This bar has an extensive brunch menu worth getting up for!
The homemade poptarts, served at the table in a toaster, are particularly noteworthy. One bite, and your inner child will be happy. But never fear, there are treats that cater to adult tastes too, from fruit flavored mimosas to an excellent Bloody Mary bar.
We also tried the Banana’s Foster French Toast, the Serrano Ham Eggs Benedict, and the breakfast quesadillas stuffed with pork, eggs, cheese and peppers. All were very tasty, and served up by an attentive pajama-clad wait staff. The coffee was hot and plentiful, but we recommend asking for extra cream up front if you like to doctor up your caffeine infusion.
The space a the Bull and Bear is pleasant, with high ceilings, comfy booths and big windows that let in a lot of light. Some of the booths even have a beer tap built right into the table, and these tables can be reserved in advance for groups of five or more.
There was no sign of morning cartoons on the walls of TV screens throughout the bar, but we were completely content watching the Blackhawks game instead. All and all, the Bull and Bear is well worth a visit for brunch. It is a distinct step up from bar food and hits the spot!
This was a media brunch and all food was provided to us free-of-charge.