A luxury brunch in a trailer park? That’s certainly something new for Bitches Who Brunch. Paradise Park opened in Wicker Park last August, so we decided to try out the pizza-focused restaurant for brunch.
The street-facing patio is open year-round and lush with tropical plants, plastic flamingos, disco balls, and photo opportunities galore. It has campers, neon, sequins, and a bathtub full of beer, making it just as Instagrammable as its sister restaurants Homeslice and Happy Camper.
Since it’s May and finally warming up, my college roommate Becca and I grabbed seats on the patio to enjoy the sunshine. We knew we wanted a bottomless drink option and Paradise Park delivered. They offer bottomless mimosas or Bloody Marys for $30/person, with a two-hour limit from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. We opted for mimosas, which were served in large, stemless wine glasses. Our vigilant waiter made sure the glasses didn’t stay empty for long, so we felt like we got our money’s worth. Paradise Park also has an extensive cocktail selection listed under “cold snacks,” along with plenty of beer and wine options.
When our mimosas arrived, we toured the park for photo options and to admire the decor. There’s fun in every detail at this restaurant, including hilarious collages of handsome men and The Office’s Dwight Schrute on the back of the bathroom doors.
For an appetizer, we split the jalapeño homies, which are open-style poppers with cream cheese, bacon, cheddar, tomato, parsley, and a side of barbecue sauce. They were plated beautifully and a far cry from the freezer jalapeño poppers I know and love. 10 out of 10 recommend.
Though we were at a pizza restaurant, both of us decided on sandwiches, recommended to us by our waiter. I ordered the breakfast sandwich, which was a hearty sandwich stuffed with fried egg, bacon, cheddar, fried onion strings, lettuce, and tomato. It came with a heaping pile of tater tots. While it it did not reinvent the wheel, it was very filling and good.
Becca selected the fried chicken sandwich, and asked for tots instead of fries, but ended up with both. Score! Her sandwich was filled to the brim with battered chicken and delivered on the restaurant’s brunch motto of “treat your hangover with a pinch of paradise.”
Bitches Say: four Champagne flutes. The funky atmosphere and bottomless drinks make Paradise Park a must-visit for a party brunch.
Paradise Park serves brunch Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.