Venturing out for a leisurely and delicious breakfast or brunch adds spice to the morning routine. Several Chamber members offer these early meals.
Buttermilk, a popular breakfast, coffee bar and lunch establishment with an “urban barn atmosphere” that began in Geneva in early 2015, opened a Naperville location at 1715 Freedom Dr. in 2017. Owned by Katie and Spiro Kouvelis, Buttermilk has become such a popular restaurant phenomenon that it is looking to open a third location in Vernon Hills.
Buttermilk serves seven days a week and patrons enjoy meals made in-house, from scratch, according to Katie. Biscuits are being made all day, every day, and breakfast favorites, dreamt up in-house, include Honey Bun Pancakes which are infused with honey butter and topped with a warm buttermilk glaze and toasted almonds and the Alabama Hot Chicken Benny featuring two homemade cheddar scallion biscuits, topped with a boneless fried chicken thigh, glazed with hot pepper jelly, two fried eggs, white cheddar cheese and an Alabama white BBQ sauce.
At lunchtime, she added, a favorite is the Lil’ Bit of Chicken Fried, a boneless fried chicken thigh on a brioche bun, garnished with shredded lettuce, tomato, sweet and spicy pickles and tangy mayonnaise. Both gluten-free and Vegan offerings are also available.
Sullivan’s Steakhouse, 244 S. Main St., may seem like an unlikely place to go for brunch, but the 21-year-old restaurant has been offering it on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. since June.
Diners may choose from a variety of high-end entrees including Crab Cake Benedict, Steak and Eggs, a Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato (BLT) Sandwich served with guacamole, tomato hollandaise and French fries, a Filet Mignon Benedict, Gruyere eggs with asparagus and French Toast made with challah bread and hazelnuts, according to Spenser Tuzzo, General Manager.
Egg Harbor Café
Egg Harbor Café has been a popular gathering/eating place at 175 Jackson Ave. in downtown Naperville since 1995. The family-owned breakfast and lunch establishment now has 15 locations around the Chicago area and southern Wisconsin, and another five in metropolitan Atlanta. The Naperville location, close to the River Walk, is one of their busiest sites with 49 inside tables and a lively seasonal patio, according to Matt Randolph, manager.
Open 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, it is popular with businesspeople, retired folks and families, many of whom are “regulars.”
“We have a very open, family atmosphere, friendly customer service and high-quality food,” Randolph stated.
Favorites range from lemon poppyseed pancakes to Door County Chicken salads and sandwiches. The house-made chorizo is particularly popular.