Best New Brunch in Boystown – EVERYDAY at Cocktail

Once known for Pink Pussys,
Dreamsicles, go-go gods and
$1 drinks on Sundays,
now Cocktail  is  becoming known
 for the best DAILY Brunch in Boystown.

This is NOT bar food, mind you. It’s American Seasonal, good quality foods and flavors. The menu serves brunch, bites, salads and sandwiches daily, everyday, 11am-10pm, with Brunch everyday 11am-4pm.

Erin Baker, their food director says,”I really wanted to stay away from typical bar food and fried foods. I insisted we do not have a fryer in the kitchen! Instead things are baked, roasted, toasted and grilled. One of our cooks makes an amazing Southern Fried Chicken, that is NOT fried!”

While the menu stays basically the same, the preparations will vary. For instance Eggs Benedict will frequently change as does the Waffle stylings.

One thing that will probably never change is the Mango Chutney Chicken Salad.  A delicious mix of Chicken, mango chutney, mayo, bacon, avocado, roasted almonds, scallions and fantastically seasoned pita chips!  It is quite amazing!

Owner Geno Zaharakis says “I love to cook! And I found this recipe years ago in a NorthShore Cookbook. And over the years have tinkered and played with it. People LOVE IT!”

And he added, “While the menu stays basically the same,  we make changes on some of the preparations and will offer specials. Last week we did a Southern flare theme with corn bread, grits and collard greens and people loved it.

And in the coming months, they are launching a lot of theme brunches and special events. And of course, next April, the outdoor patio will return. But we have also been booking a lot of special parties in the new back bar. And Erin helps work on special menu’s for the guests.”

Sunday December 5th
, hostess Phyllis launches
First Sundays Brunch

Sunday December 12th, Red Dress Party Chicago hosts
a launch party for their upcoming April 2011  event.

Sunday December 19th, is the Howard Brown Benefit Brunch. $25 prix fixe brunch with proceeds going to Howard Brown.

(also on Monday December 6th –  Cocktail will donate all the proceeds , all day to Howard Brown! PLUS  get HALF-OFF  that  day!!)

In January, longtime favorite bartender Val will kick off Opera Brunches on January 9th and Geno said he is planning on Gospel Brunches, the third Sunday of each month, starting in January. Even though all of these brunch special events take place on Sundays, I just love the fact they have brunch available  EVERY  DAY of the week!

Most of the food items run $7-$12. So it’s very affordable and the portions are nice.

Insider tips!
-On Tuesdays check out their  $2  TACOS!

-If you catch Mark on duty, you have to try his  Special Pomegranite and Champagne drink!

-The Artichoke Terrine dip makes a great snack anytime!

View the whole menu online . Take out is available.

Cocktail is located 3359 N. Halsted Street at the corner of Halsted and Roscoe

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