Chefs are doing brunch for dinner, and waffles are their main vehicle.
Has brunch finally gotten so big that weekend mornings can’t contain it? That’s the sense we’re getting from Jared Van Camp at Old Town Social . Evoking memories of his dad’s weekend morning routine, he’s put cornmeal-bacon waffles topped with housemade knackwurst sausage and maple syrup on his dinner menu. And he’s not the only one reaching to breakfast: Thomas Elliot Bowman is putting a Middle Eastern spin on chicken and waffles at Otom, plating chicken thighs on a falafel waffle garnished with baba ghanoush, tabouli and tahini. And at Eve, chef Troy Graves is topping a tasso-ham waffle with buttermilk-fried oysters and a pickled okra rémoulade. Says Graves: “I never have [breakfast food] in the morning.” Now nobody else has to, either.
Old Town Social 455 W North Ave (312-266-2277)
Otom 951 W Fulton Market (312-491-5804)
Eve 840 N Wabash Ave (312-266-3383)