Brunching in the Windy City: Cochon Volant Brasserie


Cochon VolantChicago is one of my all time favorite cities to visit; the city offers so many different activities and great places to eat.

When I go to Chicago, you can find me hopping from place to place stuffing my face. A friend’s wedding brought me to Chicago a few weeks ago, and you’d better believe once I got that invite I was restaurant planning.
A Saturday pre-wedding brunch was on my list, and our place of choice was Cochon Volant Brasserie. Cochon Volant is a French bakery, brasserie, and bar in the loop. The menu features a number of French specialties.

Cochon Volant Brasserie
100 W Monroe St, Chicago, IL, 60603



We were seated outside among the flowers and watched the city wake up around us. It’s one of my favorite parts about traveling; sitting at a restaurant and taking in the sights and sounds of a new city.

My go to brunch cocktail is a Bloody Mary.  I always ask for mine spicy; I just cannot have it any other way. The server brought our drinks and warned me that they might have gone a bit overboard with spice level… but I thought they were perfect, just the kick I was looking for!

Cochon Bloody Mary

For my entrée, I had to have the Cochon Benedict Reserve. Eggs Benedict rules my brunch world, and I can hardly stray from ordering it.

Eggs Benedict

The Cochon Benedict Reserve is precisely how Eggs Benedict should be. This hollandaise was perfect, the eggs were perfect, I’m wondering how many times I can use perfect to describe this dish. ….

My dining partner had the Croque Madame.

Cochon Madam

At first, it came without the egg however that was quickly remedied.

Madam with Egg

Just look at the beautiful pile of ham and cheese. It is a comfort, love and the necessary cure for a Friday night. I couldn’t stop dipping into the aioli… Beware of your aioli when dining with me 🙂

Next time you’re in Chicago check out Cochon Volant. I need to go back for the dinner menu!

Christina W

I grew up moving around the world for my father’s job; which fueled my love of food and new food experiences. Put something new in front of me and I cannot wait to dig in. Italian food is my downfall… a bowl of noodles and sauce does not stand a chance with me. You can also find me in the kitchen, throwing in this and that, attempting to make the best sauce. I love cooking and experimenting, however baking is a total disaster for me. Having to measure ingredients perfectly is not my thing. This aversion to attention to detail in the kitchen is comical, as I am an attorney and attention to detail in the office is critical. Next to food, traveling is my second love. I just ticked off my bucket list spots of Vietnam, Cambodia and Spain. Much of what I did in all three locations was eat, eat, eat! Minneapolis, Minnesota is my current home and the restaurant scene is exploding! The buzz on new places is exciting and I try to make it to many of them; burger places, Minneapolis’s new fried chicken craze to all of the new Italian spots. I write about many local Minneapolis restaurants and my travels on Olivedoesthecity. I’m excited about joining the Girls on Food community, connecting with others and learning about food around the country!