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Best Brunch Cities in the U.S.

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Chicagoans have embraced brunch-focused restaurants like Toast, which dedicates the majority of its daily-changing menus to a variety of benedicts, scrambles and pancakes. The success of breakfast specialist Jam led chef Jeffrey Mauro to move to a new, larger space and serve a full dinner menu. Mauro still offers brunch dishes until 9 p.m., including a decadent malted custard French toast made by dipping thick brioche slices into a vanilla-and-malt-spiked custard, slowly cooking them sous vide so that the inside becomes supercreamy, and then caramelizing each order in a hot pan just before serving.

Jam photo © Stephen Johnson.

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