When mentioning to someone new that I write for a brunch blog here in Chicago, it is often people recommend places to brunch. Sometimes those suggestions seem to be recurring, and eventually I go check them out one by one.
Of those brunch spots that continually come up is the “World Famous House of Blues Sunday Gospel brunch” and last weekend I finally got to go check it out.
In my three years living in Chicago, I have yet had the opportunity to go see a performance or dine at the House of Blues. A Chicago staple situated right on the Chicago river downtown, the House of Blues is a world famous establishment, so I was excited to finally get to go.
My husband Chris is not at all religious, and didn’t have the Southern Baptist church upbringing that I did, courtesy of my paternal grandparents from the south. So I was excited to relive my childhood and watch my husband experience a Gospel service for the first time.
The “World Famous Gospel Brunch” at the house of Blues is an all-you-can-eat buffet, with complimentary mimosas and coffee. I am not going to lie, I assumed the somewhat hefty price tag that came with this buffet would not be worth the money.
Thankfully, I was mistaken and was in store for what appeared to be a pretty incredible brunch with the hubs. Upon arriving, we were escorted to our assigned table, and then encouraged to go load up on buffet items before the show begins.
At first glance, in the main dining area, you can see the bar, an omelet station, and a station set up for the House of Blues “World Famous” fried chicken and waffles, and biscuits and gravy—his was going to be a true Southern brunch.
In the back long hallway is where the full buffet is located. At the end lies a large dessert table, as well as a carving station full with prime rib and roasted chicken.
The buffet offered a variety of items ranging from cold salad options, to hot mac and cheese, fried tilapia, peel and eat shrimp, among many other items.
My husband and I quickly made our rounds to each different part of the buffet; I was particularly excited about the chicken and waffles, and they did not disappoint. The station also offered freshly whipped cream, and a warmed berry compote to accompany the chicken and waffles.
We hit up the omelet station as well and were quite pleased. There were lots of options for toppings and the gentleman manning the station was incredibly nice.
As the show started, we retreated back to our seats and as our server refilled our mimosas, the show began. Our “preacher” for the show introduced him and his choir and took off singing and engaging the audience with fun songs that everyone knows. The crowd loved the music, and the brunch was a lively, filled with audience interactions and awesome music.
The Bitches Say: B. This is not the fanciest buffet, and the service is minimal, but they have lots of delicious food options and the show is absolutely wonderful. Grab your family or friends and get together for this fun Sunday brunch, gospel-style.
The House of Blues
319 N Dearborn St.
The House of Blues has two showings for the Sunday Gospel Brunch, every Sundays at 10:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.