Brunch Time: Nana Organic Offers Brunch With A Latin Flair
Banana's foster pancakes
What’s the best kept secret in the Chicago brunch scene? Head to Bridgeport and grab a table at Nana Organic to find out. Nana is a family-owned restaurant that places as much emphasis on where their food comes from as on how it tastes. They source their ingredients from over 30 local farms, orchards, and artisans and don’t use any products that have artificial preservatives, allowing the true flavor of the food to shine through.
Nana offers a wide selection of breakfast favorites with Latin American twists, like the Nanadict, the house version of a Benedict made with poblano pepper cream and served with a thick slice of Salvadoran pupusa bread. Seasonal entrees are also available, and this summer don’t miss the Banana’s Foster pancakes, which are loaded with fresh bananas, drizzled with caramel sauce, and topped with fluffy, house-made Chantilly cream.
If your sweet tooth doesn’t kick in until after breakfast, try a savory option like the Breakfast Burrito filled with scrambled eggs, refried beans, crispy potatoes, chorizo, and an excellent tomatillo salsa, or the baked (not fried) Chilaquiles, which come with black beans, poblano cream, and two eggs in a style of your choosing. Vegan-friendly items like the Grilled Tofu Hash and the Garden Omelet are also available.
Despite the heartiness of the entrees, you won’t want to skip the appetizers. Fried slices of avocado with chipotle lime aioli and chickpea frites with harissa honey are the stars of that section. To complete the meal (or treat your hangover), try one of Nana’s rotating seasonal cocktails like the Guavisimo, made with dark and light rum, tart lime juice, and guava syrup. Metropolis coffee and fresh fruit juices are also available.
Nana is open for brunch daily and dinner Wednesday through Sunday. Reservations are welcome for dinner, but brunch is first-come, first-served.
Nana Organic is located at 3267 S. Halsted St.
By Carrie Laski