visiting blogger #2 looking for a meal

hellooo everyone — i’m narni, your cruise director for the next week. actually, i’m a visiting blogger as well, born and raised in chicago, but have spent the last 4+ years in the dc area. i landed in o’hare this morning (my luggage is in savannah — sigh), am here for the next 2 weeks, and am jumping at the chance to comment on my favorite city (sorry east coast).

anyway, although a native, i can’t keep up w/ all the changes in the city. my ~immediate~ need is for a good brunch location and metroblogging is the best place to start. oh, and when i say brunch, i mean buffet. my dad’s bday is around the corner, and i haven’t celebrated w/ him since i moved (i usually hightail it out of chicago after new years). he wants to have a nice, all-you-can-eat-type affair, mainly because he feels too rushed during a normal sit-down meal.

so any suggestions!!? it’s for sunday, jan 2, for about 20 ppl (just to make it more challenging). after a quick search, i’ve noticed the plethora of super chinese buffet kings around…i mean, holy sh*t, they’re everywhere. however, i’m leaning towards all-american. i had tried for the hotel florence in pullman village, a throw-back to my hyde park days, but it’s been closed for renovation since 2000??? are they kidding me…so disappointed.

i head about the mega-japanese outfit todai making it’s way to schaumburg, but somehow sushi at 10:30 am doesn’t sit well with me.

i did see lauren liss’ post from august on chief o’neil’s pub and am intrigued –they apparently have a build-your-own bloody mary bar — happy birthday pappa!

so let me know…it’s been awhile since i’ve had to plan an event in chicago and i need the help.

4 Comments so far

  1. Lauren (unregistered) on December 28th, 2004 @ 9:22 am

    There is a great article on metromix that has a complete run down of buffet style brunches in the area (, and I would also suggest Wishbone. Although I am not sure if they are a buffet. But damn good food.

  2. Nick (unregistered) on December 28th, 2004 @ 1:41 pm

    I can highly recommend Hillary’s Urban Eatery (aka HUE) on Division. They serve brunch upstairs. No liquor license though. It’s BYB for dinner- I wonder if they’d let ya bring your own booze and Bloody fixins? Enjoy your stay in ChiCity!

  3. Alana Waters (unregistered) on December 28th, 2004 @ 4:02 pm

    I’d suggest Corosh on N. Milwaukee. I believe it’s 1062 N. Milwaukee. If not, then it’s a door either side of that. I’ve been doing Sunday brunches there for years. Cozy place, good food (buffet and order available), really nice staff. There’s usually a very short wait if there’s one at all. If I remember correctly, the buffet is a flat $13.

    Outside of that, if there are still tickets available, the Gospel Brunch at House of Blues is a blast.

  4. Jason (unregistered) on December 29th, 2004 @ 3:06 am

    All I know is that the guy who owns Corosh ran his car into my former business partner’s motorcycle and never paid her for it.


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