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New Year's Day brunches

Nurse your hangover with eggs, pancakes, fried chicken and more

By Erin Brereton

For RedEye

December 3, 2013

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Make your first meal of the year count at these hangover-healing brunches on Jan. 1.

Blackfinn Ameripub
65 W. Kinzie St. 312-836-0290
Eat: Choose from filling fare such as the the Breakfast Balboa--shaved prime rib, mozzarella and hash browns, topped with two sunny side up eggs ($12.99)—or funnel cake bites with raspberry, chocolate and caramel dipping sauce ($4.99).
Drink: Blackfinn's swine-centric take on the bloody mary, the Bacon Mary ($9), features bacon-infused vodka and a candied bacon garnish.
Brunch hours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Reservations: Accepted by phone or online at blackfinnameripub.com. Because this River North restaurant is quite large (think 400-plus seats), walk-ins are welcome.

Municipal Bar and Dining Co.
216 W. Ohio St. 312-951-2125
Eat: At this River North hangout, you can nurse your hangover with specials such as red velvet waffles with cream cheese topping ($12) and dishes from the regular brunch menu, such as a fried chicken sandwich ($12) that uses two waffles as bread (genius, right?).
Drink: A $40 New Year's Day deal includes one menu item and mimosas or bloody marys during brunch hours. (Dishes are also available a la carte.) If you over-imbibed the night before, IV Me Hydration Clinic, which provides intravenous treatments, will be on site to help diners rehydrate and recover. 
Brunch hours: 12 p.m.-4 p.m.
Reservations: Accepted by phone or online at municipalbar.com.

Simone's Bar
960 W. 18th St. 312-666-8601
Eat: Soothe your symptoms at this Pilsen bar with the Breakfast Burrito ($8), stuffed with eggs, onions, peppers, black beans and cheddar.
Drink: Sample the surprisingly cocoa-free Mexican Hot Chocolate ($8), a cocktail made with vanilla vodka, Frangelico, chili flakes and cream, or The Cure All ($8), a mixture of spiced rum, lemon juice and honey that's adorned with a flower garnish.
Brunch hours: 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Reservations: Not accepted.

Nana
3267 S. Halsted St. 312-929-2486
Eat: Patrons are encouraged to wear PJs to Nana's fourth annual New Year's Day brunch. Locally sourced, organic fare includes baked chilaquiles ($12), layered chihuahua cheese and tortillas with poblano cream sauce. Vegetarians will love sides of soyrizo ($4), soy-based chorizo produced in-house.
Drink: Sip on a beermosa ($9),made with Founders Brewing Co.'s All Day IPA, triple sec and OJ.
Brunch hours: 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Reservations: Not accepted. Staff reports that the dining room tends to be full by 11 a.m.

DryHop Brewers
3155 N. Broadway 773-857-3155
Eat: The Cap'n Crunch-coated Captain's French Toast ($9) served with cheesecake sauce and maple bourbon syrup, is "a very good-hair-of-the-dog dish," owner Greg Shuff said.
Drink: Look for the Lakeview brewpub's flagship beer, Shark Meets Hipster wheat IPA ($6 for a 16-ounce pour), on tap alongside to-be-announced seasonal options.
Brunch hours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Reservations: Not accepted. Shuff said there's rarely more than a 20-minute wait.

Homeslice
938 W. Webster Ave. 312-789-4600
Eat: Take the edge off with the Hangover Cereal, a bowl of your choice of cereal with milk that's spiked with RumChata liqueur or cinnamon whiskey ($12). Boost your blood sugar with French toast sticks ($10) made from whole-wheat pizza crust and served with grape jelly, maple syrup and vanilla ice cream.
Drink: Be merry with the Lincoln Park pizzeria's Sparkling Gerry, champagne with St. Germaine elderflower liqueur and a lemon twist. "We also do a great bloody mary, served with a mini cold slice of pizza on it," co-owner Josh Iachelli said. Both drinks will set you back $9 each.
Brunch hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Reservations: Not accepted.

Prasino
1846 W. Division St. 312-878-1212
Eat: Corporate chef Jared Case recommends savory dishes such as the braised short rib skillet ($11), topped with eggs, on New Year's Day. Non-breakfast fare, including the Wicker Park eatery's gouda-, tomato jam- and pickled onion-packed burger ($11), will also be served.
Drink: Spice up your holiday with the Proud Hot Mary ($9.50), made with jalapeno-infused vodka and seasoned with habanero.
Brunch hours: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Reservations: Recommended. Reserve a table online at prasino.com.

Wishbone
1001 W. Washington Blvd. 312-850-2663
Eat: Nosh on a personalized portion of black-eyed peas or collard greens ($3 a cup), a Southern tradition said to guarantee good fortune in the coming year.
Drink: The orange-enhanced Mega Mimosa ($8), made with juice, champagne and Cointreau
Brunch hours: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Reservations: Not accepted. Arrive before 11 a.m. to beat the crowd.

Little Goat
820 W. Randolph St. 312-888-3455
Eat: The West Loop diner's entire menu will be available; executive chef/co-owner (and former "Top Chef" contestant) Stephanie Izard suggests the grilled cheese ($10), made with smoked gouda, tomato, mont amore cheese and paper-thin pork guanciale.
Drink: The Old Tart ($10). "[It's] our version of an old fashioned made with drinking vinegar," Izard said. "That'll get you going!"
Brunch hours: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Reservations: Not accepted.

Lady Gregory's
5260 N. Clark St. 773-271-5050
Eat: Sober up in your robe at this Andersonville eatery's '80s-themed pajama party and dig into dishes such as the crab cake benedict ($14) or Busy Pancakes ($11) made with blueberries, raspberries and walnuts.
Drink: Sip on a mimosa made with freshly squeezed orange or grapefruit juice ($9) or a bloody mary served with a 5-ounce Miller High Life beer back ($8).
Brunch hours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Reservations: Not accepted.