Oak Park is always buzzing on Saturday and Sunday mornings with park goers, runners, walkers, families, and brunchers. A big part of the charm of the Oak Park area is all of the small businesses and restaurants that we have, including great places to brunch.
Here are some of our favorites from around Oak Park:
Courageous Bakery & Cafe
Courageous Bakery & Cafe is known for their cupcakes. They even have cupcake food trucks! Their cafe menu is extensive and served until 3 p.m., which is perfect for us late weekend risers. The bakery is on the corner of Lake and Oak Park Avenue, allowing for plenty of quality people watching while you wait for your latte or meal. I recommend their London Fog Latte – it’s the best I’ve had! In addition to the delicious menu, a portion of all proceeds go to finding a cure and raising awareness for non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. Don’t forget to grab a cupcake on your way out!
Carnivore Oak Park and Spilt Milk Pastry Collaboration
This butcher shop and pastry shop’s Sunday morning collaboration has created quite a buzz and demand around Oak Park. Every other weekend, these local purveyors have been working together to create everything bagels with lox and all of the fixings. I can personally attest to the deliciousness of this collaboration! They sell out fast, so you’ll want to be on the alert to catch the bagels. On the “off” weekends, both shops offer brunch options of their own.
If you’re looking for great coffee, a delicious scone, and a cool vibe then Blue Max is the place for you. They have indoor and outdoor seating available and their coffee creations are delightful. They top off their lattes with latte art, which is always a fun treat. This cafe has solid brunch menu items as well, but their coffee and scones (blueberry is my personal favorite) are where they truly shine.
Al’s is the place to go when you want a simple and hearty diner meal. Their brunch options are the standards you’d expect – waffles, eggs, the works – but what you might not expect is the camaraderie you’ll find there. Al’s Grill has a tremendous neighborly vibe and you feel like you’re sitting at your aunt’s house while you’re waiting for a meal. Lines can get long here during peak times, so try to go early or towards the end of the rush if you’d like to be seated right away.