Fan Favorites: Best Brunch in Lake County

In my pre-kid days. brunch meant sleeping in on a Saturday or Sunday and going out for a gluttonous, marathon breakfast at lunchtime, complete with libations. These days, with kids, that scenario looks a lot different. Regardless, I still enjoy a good brunch, and it’s always a treat to eat waffles in the middle of the day.

best brunch in lake ountyFrom upscale, champagne brunch buffets to old school, short order diners, there is no shortage of establishments serving up brunch in Lake County. For a special occasion, I love Ad-lib Geocafe and Johnny’s Chophouse for brunch. For a relaxed, lazy Sunday meal, The Vegas Cafe is my go-to. We’ve polled our readers, and these are their favorites.

Wildberry Cafe, Libertyville
Photo source Wildberry Cafe’s Facebook page
Ad-Lib Geocafe
Reservation only, Sunday Brunch from 11:00 a.m. -1:30 p.m.; three courses plus a basket of beignets.
475 S. Route 45, Lindenhurst | 847-245-7328

Deer Path Inn – The English Room
255 E. Illinois Rd., Lake Forest | 847-234-2280

Elly’s Pancake House
435 Townline Rd., Mundelein | 847-837-8100

The Grille on Laurel
Brunch served on Saturdays and Sundays 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
181 E. Laurel Ave., Lake Forest | 847-234-9660

The Grille on Laurel in Lake Forest – a little bit of everything but no too much!” Olga Z.

Johnny’s Chophouse
Sunday brunch served 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
1500 Main St., Antioch | 847-838-2015

Mickey Finn's, Libertyville
© J. Johnson | Little Lake | 2016

Mickey Finn’s Brewery
Saturday breakfast specials until 4:00 p.m., and Sunday $6 Bloody Mickeys
345 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville | 847-362-6688  

Milwalky Trace
603 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville | 847-530-7172

Prairie Grass Cafe
Brunch served Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and Sunday 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
601 Skokie Blvd., Northbrook | 847-205-4433

Pinstripes, South Barrington
Photo source Pinstripes’Facebook page
Sunday brunch served 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.; kids under 5 eat free.
1150 Willow Rd., Northbrook | 847-480-2323
100 W. Higgins Rd., South Barrington | 847-844-9300

Champagne brunch served Sundays, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Located inside the Westin Hotel, 601 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Wheeling | 847-777-6878

The Shanty
Brunch served Sundays, 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
38985 N. Route 41, Wadsworth | 847-336-0262

The Vegas Cafe
914 Main St., Antioch | 847-395-6363

Walker Bros. Original Pancake House, Lincolnshire
Photo source Walker Bros.’ Facebook page
Walker Bros. Original Pancake House
767 S. Rand Rd., Lake Zurich | 847-550-0006
200 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire | 847-634-2220

Walker Bros. Pancakes in Lincolnshire. The buttermilk pancakes are the best, and their menu is huge.” Jennifer J.

1783 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville | 847-247-7777

What’s your favorite brunch spot in Lake County? Tell us in the comments section.

About Holly Garvey 78 Articles
Stay-at-home mom who works! On again/off again work in family real estate business, babysitter, dog rescue and historical society volunteer all while chasing my new-found dream to be a writer.I live in Antioch with my husband, Jake, and kids, Cecilia (5) and Mark (3), and our dog Isabella. I'm an aspiring vegan (I cheat a lot), Jazzercise addict and runner. As a family, we love to travel and spend time outdoors. I love to go antique shopping and garage sale-ing, cook, and read in my (rare) free time.

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  1. Taste of Paris in Mundelein is amazing! They have the best croissants and a phenomenal eggs Benedict on Weekends. Their waffles are also fabulous!!

    Now I’m hungry.

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