When breakfast and lunch fall in love: Brunch with the next generation of underground dining and food trucks in Chicago

June 13, 2013

It takes a village to raise the lovechild of a former underground dining club and what was once just a plucky little pie truck.
 
In breaking food truck news, the Schnitzel King, Cupcakes for Courage, and the Institute for Justice just scored a big win in court today. Cook County Circuit Court Judge Peter Flynn has ruled that they can move forward contesting the 200 foot rule and GPS requirement. They will meet again in 30 days.
This past weekend, Sunday Dinner Club and Bang Bang Pie Shop hosted brunch in a lofty perch above the corner of Elston and Roscoe. They invited me to join three dozen other guests, all from SDC's email only list. The space is above their highly anticipated Honey Butter Fried Chicken, opening this August if the City of Chicago inspection gods are kind. We were seated at a trio of communal tables. 
In communal table news, critically acclaimed Elizabeth restaurant (born from chef/owner Iliana Regan's former underground restaurant One Sister) announced this week they're swapping out their communal tables for conventional seating. Evidently we don't like communal tables in Chicago.
I missed including in the brunch class photo Sunday Dinner Club partners Jen Mayer and Chris Jennings. Graphic designers of Kitemath by day, they created the keepsake newsprint menus. SDC's now permanent home showcases an interactive and growing gallery of their stunning menu work.
 
Yes, meet the new generation of moms and pops in Chicago.