Chicago (Day 3, Part 2)

I wasn’t planning on dedicating an entire post to one meal, but the food was so good that I think this restaurant actually deserves its own post. After our 10k (hear about that here!) we all wanted to shower and change before heading out for brunch. On the way back it started pouring rain AGAIN! My sister and I ran into a Starbucks for shelter and some coffee since we were a little chilled from the rain. We waited out the rain and basically ran back to the hotel when there was a break.

Our brunch plan was to hit Wildberry Pancakes and Cafe. They don’t take reservations, but you can add your name to the waitlist via Yelp which is nice because this place gets super busy! There are a couple locations, but we chose the one on East Randolph Street because it was near our hotels and across from the Bean and Millennium Park.

We still had to wait a few minutes when we got there because the place was packed! And for good reason…

I had already scoped out the menu and was REALLY excited about the pancake options.

I’m a sweet breakfast woman – give me all the French toast, pancakes, and waffles! Because of that, I just couldn’t turn down the Oreo S’mores pancakes. And they were oh-so-worth it! They were drenched in marshmallow fluff, and if it were socially acceptable, I would put that on everything I eat.

There were so many pancake options that we were planning on ordering our main meals and an additional pancake plate for the table. Our waiter nixed that idea 😂 He had a ton of energy and was really helpful with delicious recommendations and reassured us that we’d have more than enough food without ordering even more pancakes. We can put down some food, but he was totally right.

I totally stole this pic from C and looking at it is making me REAL hungry.

If you pick one of the savory meals you get a choice of toast and hash browns or a side of pancakes (seriously, a restaurant after my own heart), so our table was covered in delicious pancakes. C had the Slow Roast Brisket Hash – 12 hour brisket, roasted red peppers, onions, sausage gravy with two eggs on top of hash browns. My sister (see two pics down) had the Butcher Block Skillet – hash browns, cheddar and jack cheese, eggs, ham sausage, turkey sausage, chicken sausage, and bacon (so much meat!). And N (last pic) had the Barbacoa Chilaquiles, which was highly recommended by the waiter – tortilla chips, beef barbacoa, chihuahua cheese, avocado, sour cream, scallions, cilantro, salsa, and eggs.

After recapping all that, it’s kind of hilarious to think that we also had several plates of pancakes, but that’s exactly how we roll! For pancake choices, C chose Blackberry Key Lime Pie (so good and we all highly recommend), Em went with Caramel Apple Pecan (not as great as the others), and N picked Cinnamon Roll (mmmm).

I love a lot of things about these ladies, but our love of food and excitement for new restaurants is one of my favorites (and also makes me laugh a lot). We probably looked like vultures when our food arrived, sampling everything and passing our plates so that everybody could taste everybody else’s meals. I love it so much ❤️.

Pic stolen from my sister – look at all that meat!

This is also a really great place to eat after a long run because of the amount of carbs and protein you can recharge with. But honestly, pancakes are always a good idea, running or not.

And yes, totally stole this from N; can’t decide if I want breakfast or Mexican food…

Y’all, I’m so hungry now. Give me all the breakfast foods. I may run in the kitchen and throw some pancakes together, to be honest…

If you’ve been to Chicago, what’s your favorite brunch spot? Have you been to Wildberry, and if so, what was your favorite meal? Let me know in the comments!

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