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Daisies Brunch

I survived my first Chicago winter, and it was a brutal one. Now that it’s spring, my brunch focus has shifted entirely to fresh, light dishes. I spent all winter in dark booths, enjoying savory, heavy dishes, but now it’s finally time for greens, grills, and rosé. I’m more than ready for farm-to-table and herby flavors. And can you get any more spring than a brunch called “Daisies?”

Daisies Brunch

Logan Square’s Daisies is known for its pasta and veggie focus. It’s been a neighborhood staple since 2017, but caught our attention for expanding their brunch to include Saturday. Daisies invited us to try out their brunch menu.

Daisies Brunch

The restaurant has a small dining room, but Daisies feels intimate and open, with high ceilings and good acoustics so that you can have a conversation easily over the background noise. On Sunday at 11:30 it wasn’t packed, but I was glad we had a reservation.

Daisies Brunch

To get started, my boyfriend Cam ordered a coffee, and I perused the “early indulgences” drink selection, eventually landing on a Persimmon Bloom, which is a sweet and sparkly mix of persimmon liqueur, rhubarb shrub, and bubbles.

Daisies Brunch

For an appetizer, we got the fried pierogi and a berry jam. The pierogi dish was light and delicate and honey and cheese that oozed out with each bite. I don’t usually opt for sweet breakfast meals, but this was a wonderful choice, and I would definitely order it again.

Daisies Brunch

The staff brought by a complimentary serving of asparagus toast, which Cam and I had debated ordering originally. It’s a new menu addition and a staff favorite. It was easy to see why! The plate had fresh asparagus, cheese, spring onions, and a sunny-side egg served on Publican bread. The spring flavors made it an instant winner and verified why I usually pick savory appetizers. Also, you can never go wrong with Publican bread.

Daisies Brunch

For the main course, Cam selected the polenta waffle with sour cherry. It was a massive serving size, and the sweetness of the dish was balanced with pork lardo and black walnut syrup. The polenta reminded us more of cornbread and it had a coarser consistency compared to flour-based waffles. It was unique and he enjoyed it immensely, though after two appetizers, it was too big to polish off completely.

Daisies Brunch

Daisies is known for their homemade pasta, so I couldn’t resist trying the carbonara, even though it was not the most “brunchy” plate. I’m glad I did because the pasta was spectacular. The noodles were al dente, and the dish was flavorful and savory.

The Bitches say: four Champagne flutes.

Daisies symbolize purity, and this brunch was purely delicious. It’s a great spot for an intimate, flavorful brunch.

Daisies serves brunch Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Kirsten Ballard

Chicago Associate Food Editor

Kirsten is our Chicago Associate Food Editor & Social Bitch. From 9-5, she works at a Great Lakes nonprofit, but after hours she loves exploring Chicago, looking for dog-friendly bars and good Southern biscuits.

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