Evanston's Go-To Comfort Food

Imagine this. It’s 11a.m. on a Sunday morning and you just woke up. After stretching and checking your Instagram feed to see what the early birds are up to, you look out the window to see nothing but white. White buildings, white trees, white cars—it snowed all night. Looking out at the cold, you decide that you’re only leaving bed for some mouthwatering comfort food. Determined to make the most of your trip out of your house—let alone your bed—you open HotPlate and start scanning the highest-rated winter brunch dishes.

Here’s what you’re going to see:

Shroomed Omelette, 


Perfectly cooked and flavorful, this omelette may be the fluffiest combination of gruyere, spinach, and mushrooms (and hash browns) you’ve ever tried.

Crispy Potatoes, Boltwood

With the elevating garlic seasoning and the right level of crispy (crispy on the outside and soft in the inside, if you know what I mean) this side is good enough to outshine a main dish.

Donut French Toast, The Cellar

The verdict is out: donuts and french toast combine to make a very fluffy, moist, and sweet meal. To avoid overindulging, share with someone else and complement the sweetness with a savory dish.


Brunch Burger,


The Cellar

If you want an overall satisfying burger from a savory and rich meat patty to the accompanying fries, The Cellar’s Brunch Burger is what you're looking for.

Santa Fe Omelette,


Walker Bro's

Filled with fresh onions, cilantro, tomatoes, jalapeno peppers, and cheese, this Southwestern omelet will leave you content for the rest of your day. If you also want to spice it up a notch, try the salsa on the side for a kick.


Huevos Rancheros, The Cellar

If you can’t make up your mind, why not get everything in one? With two fried eggs, Oxaca cheese quesadilla, chorizo, salsa, and frijoles charros, you’ll without doubt get a bit of every flavor there is to taste.


Cinnamon Roll Pancakes, Clarke's

Sweet, gooey, and everything nice. Treat yourself and get lost in the cinnamon swirl.


Chocolate Chippies Pancakes



Walker Bro's

You can’t go wrong with a classic chocolate chip pancake. With chocolate chips thrown in here and there, every mouthful will be pure delight.


Chocolate Crepes,


Walker Bro's

Another classic, this dish is sweet in all sorts of ways with chocolate, whipped cream, and ripe strawberries to freshen up.

Apple Cinnamon Pancake,


Walker Bro's

With the smell of the apple cinnamon pancake wafting through the entire room, you without doubt can’t help but order the huge (perhaps too massive to finish on your own) caramelized goodness.