Confession: I’m not a breakfast person.
Except for coffee.
Coffee I can drink anytime day or night and always love it. Breakfast,well, I’m pretty non-committal with. In fact, in college my roommate’s favorite night was when they served breakfast for dinner… it was my least favorite.
Breakfast was something to get you through the morning without passing out. After visiting The Chocolate Sanctuary for their new brunch on Sunday, I have a new life goal:
Be a lady who brunches.
You know, fancy dress, unlimited mimosas and brunch at The Chocolate Sanctuary every Sunday. The Chocolate Sanctuary has taken their amazing menu and kicked it up a notch for this amazing brunch launch. If you weren’t a breakfast, or brunch person before, you will be when you leave.
We visited this past Sunday during the new hours, and while it was definitely busy, the service was impeccable and wait time minimal. The brunch menu is offered two ways:
- Buffet–featuring an array of lite fare as well as hot food, a carving station, and omelet station, and
- A La Carte Menu.
The Chocolate Sanctuary brunch fare takes what you would expect at a brunch buffet and elevates it to Chocolate Sanctuary-level. Featuring lite bites such as fruit, granola and oatmeal, the healthy breakfast eater will find plenty to fill their plates with. For those of you that enjoy a hot breakfast, they have made-to-order waffle pops, including an option for bacon on the inside. The carving station serves melt-in-your-mouth beef, and there is, of course, made-to-order omelettes. For those of you that have a sweet tooth, the buffet does not disappoint, as it’s stocked with croissants, scones, pastries and The Chocolate Sanctuary’s impeccable desserts. At only $22 per person ($8 for children), it’s also a very affordable brunch option for celebrating life’s milestones, or surviving another week of summer vacation.
The a la carte menu is just as fabulous as the buffet. In fact my husband and I had a hard time deciding which we would do! In the end we each did one and shared! I ordered the white chocolate creme French toast. Let me tell you, they know French toast. This is not soggy, mushy, been sitting in a pan for hours French toast. It’s dense, and filling, and perfectly cooked to be an explosion of flavor in your mouth. The strawberry whipped cream and fresh berries were the perfect complement! While we were visiting, the pastry chef brought a test plate of French toast made with their chocolate bread. Let the world know that this was the most amazing thing I have ever had, and it needs to go on their menu tomorrow.
I don’t think I have ever been more satisfied–or happy–after a breakfast than I was after brunch at The Chocolate Sanctuary. In fact my husband, who does not really like eating out, has been plotting how and when we can get back again. In the meantime, I’m trying to figure out how I will be a Lady who Brunches.
The Chocolate Sanctuary offers brunch every Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The Chocolate Sanctuary
5101 Washington Street, Gurnee | 244-944-0808
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