Brunch at GreenRiver

GreenRiver Brunch Chicago Streeterville

** PLEASE NOTE: Greenriver is now closed. But, since I enjoyed this spot so much, I’m leaving this post up in loving memory of their delicious food. **

Lately I’ve been on a secret mission to discover the very best Chicago has to offer when it comes to brunch.

I mean, who doesn’t love a good brunch? It’s what I work for most weekdays.

And while there are many, many brunch options to discover in Chicago, the quality can be seriously hit-or-miss.

But one of the best ways to discover a great new brunch is to try one at your favorite dinner or cocktail spot. Especially any of your favorite dinner spots with a killer view… say 18-stories about Streeterville?.

I’m of course talking about GreenRiver, one of my favorite restaurant discoveries this year (probably because they have some of the most beautiful dessert dishes I’ve ever had the pleasure of eating and shooting).

It’s a delicious, fresh spot soaring over Streeterville and their brunch game takes serious advantage of all their dinner strengths. GreenRiver Brunch Chicago--41 The bar area is an absolutely stunning space — a fitting setting for a spot with one of the most comprehensive bar menus I’ve yet seen.
GreenRiver Brunch Chicago Streeterville The restaurant itself is split into a glass-encased atrium that overlooks the enormous patio space.GreenRiver Brunch Chicago Streeterville Now all good brunches start with cocktails and GreenRiver makes some of the best (they have something for everyone — their cocktail menu is seriously enormous!). GreenRiver Brunch Chicago StreetervilleAnd I highly recommend their fresh, peach liquor (not purée) flavored bellini. It’s light and refreshing with a bright peach flavor — exactly what I want to drink to kick off the weekend!GreenRiver Brunch Chicago StreetervilleThe brunch menu is small but comprehensive, covering everything from omelettes to french toast to hash to pastries.
GreenRiver Brunch Chicago StreetervilleAnd it makes for one seriously beautiful spread!
GreenRiver Brunch Chicago StreetervilleStart with this beautiful Cream Cheese Danish served with Seasonal Jam. 
GreenRiver Brunch Chicago StreetervilleScone-like in texture but with a delicate cheese crumbled-topping and served with plenty of fresh fruit to cut through each bite.GreenRiver Brunch Chicago StreetervilleAnd the entrées are just as beautiful.
GreenRiver Brunch Chicago Streeterville
Like this Corned Beef Hash with Duck Egg, Ramps, and English Peas.GreenRiver Brunch Chicago StreetervilleThat delivers some serious #eggporn!GreenRiver Brunch Chicago StreetervilleThen there’s this delectable little number, the Banana Stuffed French Toast with Butterscotch and… GreenRiver Brunch Chicago StreetervilleMaple Syrup!GreenRiver Brunch Chicago StreetervilleWhich must be applied liberally
GreenRiver Brunch Chicago Streetervilleand without hesitationGreenRiver Brunch Chicago StreetervilleJust to get the full brunch effect.GreenRiver Brunch Chicago StreetervilleBecause all good brunches should have copious amounts of maple syrup!GreenRiver Brunch Chicago StreetervilleAs for the flavors, this is one of the most interest french toast dishes I’ve tried (and certainly the prettiest). GreenRiver Brunch Chicago StreetervilleThe butterscotch make for such an interesting combination with the french toast and banana. And the layer-cake slice styling made it easy to eat and not TOO thick, as many french toasts can be.
GreenRiver Brunch Chicago StreetervilleThere’s also always an Omelette of the Day like this beautiful roasted red pepper omelette with gruyère cheese.GreenRiver Brunch Chicago StreetervilleWhich is light, fluffy, and perfectly presented. GreenRiver Brunch Chicago StreetervilleIt all makes for one seriously stunning brunch layout. Complete that with GreenRiver’s stunning view and killer cocktail selection and you have one of the best brunches to hit Streeterville in years.GreenRiver Brunch Chicago StreetervilleAnd if you’re looking for a cool, cozy new cocktail spot, be sure to check out the Annex Bar next to GreenRiver.
GreenRiver Brunch Chicago Streeterville With a dark, smoky library vibe, Annex serves up their own themed-cocktails to match their loungy vibe.
GreenRiver Brunch Chicago--48 I can’t wait to come back to actually try the Annex cocktails too!GreenRiver Brunch Chicago StreetervilleDisclosure: I received a complimentary meal to facilitate this post. Review and all opinions are my own.

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