If there's one thing Chicago does really well, it's brunch. And, this breakfast club is just the place to have it-with a Bloody Mary or four. A comfortable setting makes Kanela feel more like a home away from home for many residents. The cozy dining room packs in hungry diners on weekends, but the flung-open windows and efficient kitchen keep everyone happy. Since the name is Greek for "cinnamon," their eponymous signature pastry is appropriately loaded with spiced sugar, vanilla frosting, and blueberries. A flight of French toast sweetens the deal for indecisive types, but savory palates have a host of options too-the Lorraine scramble with Gruyère and peppered bacon? Cocktails, fresh-squeezed juices, smoothies and Julius Meinl coffee cover all the beverage bases.
- MICHELIN guide inspectors