Bacon and an over-easy egg on top of an eight-ounce ground-beef patty served on a toasted brioche bun is a pretty impressive way to start the day--especially with a Bloody Mary on the side. In this month's review of Étoile in Uptown Park, I mentioned a few of the disappointments on the brunch menu. But there are a lot of things to like about the French idea of brunch too. The brunch burger is a variation on the gruyere-topped hamburger that Étoile serves every day at lunch. Many of the best things to get for brunch at Étoile are available on the lunch and dinner menus too--like the fabulous sole meuniere.

Best of all, the restaurant serves their exquisite French desserts during brunch. My favorite has to be the pistachio ice cream-filled profiteroles--round puffs of choux pastry filled with lots of bright green pistachio ice cream, drowning in dark, bittersweet chocolate sauce.

Étoile serves brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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