Thursday, April 2

Weekend Brunch at Dove's Luncheonette

After eating at Dove's Luncheonette, Brunch has never been the same. It was that good. The Wicker Park hot spot offers counter service for three meals daily, all while repping an old school vibe. The entire place is counter seating (41 stools in total) so get there early (preferably with a smaller party). I stopped by for Sunday brunch around 10:30am and didn't have to wait long for a party of three. As with most hot spots, arrive earlier or at off-peak times and you're set.

Chef de Cuisine Dennis Bernard's menu features a variety of "Southern-inspired Mexican" dishes, ranging from enchiladas and pozole, to pancakes and chicken fried chicken. The menu is the same for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so if you're craving eggs at night or a torta for breakfast, go for it.

Dove's Luncheonette Counter Seating
Dove's Luncheonette Counter Seating
The menu itself is divided into plates, a la carte options, sides, and then there are a few off the menu breakfast specials that remain fairly constant. On our visit we tried two items from the off the menu list, the breakfast tacos and the smoked brisket hash. The tacos were served deconstructed with mezcal chorizo, chipotle salsa, and a wedge of fried avocado!

Breakfast Tacos
Breakfast Tacos
The smoked brisket hash was by far my favorite! It featured huge chunks of sliced beef brisket mixed with hearty potato wedges. The best part? The hash was tossed in a delicious spicy aioli. These were not your typical diner hash browns. The dish was finished with two fried eggs, and a side of Texas toast. Dove's also makes their own hot sauces which were a perfect accompaniment to all of our dishes.

Smoked Brisket Hash
Smoked Brisket Hash
Lastly, we also tried the red chile enchiladas from the regular menu. The enchiladas are served in a skillet stuffed with roasted chicken thighs with guajillo-ancho chile sauce, queso oaxaca and queso fresco, cilantro, onion, and pickled serrano chiles. I know this dish sounds like it'd be super spicy, but it was more on the mild side.

Red Chile Enchiladas
Red Chile Enchiladas
Other menu options include a giant blueberry quinoa pancake served in a skillet, chicken fried chicken smothered in chorizo verde gravy, and a ham and cheese torta. Dove's also features pies from Hoosier Mama including a special horchata pie. While we stuck to the Dark Matter Coffee on our visit, Dove's offers an extensive selection of tequila and mezcal.

I'm giving Dove's Luncheonette 4.5 ghosts out of 5 for their unique ambiance, flavorful dishes, and an all-around great brunch experience!


Dove's Luncheonette
1545 N. Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
773.645.4060
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