Three Aces {Brunch}

Three Aces is a great bar in the Little Italy section of Chicago. Ian and I used to go there all the time because they always had great beer on draft, their food is good, and we love the ambiance. Well earlier this week I was randomly reading the Red Eye (which I rarely do anymore) and saw that Three Aces had started offering a delicious brunch. I knew we had to try it.

Well today was the day. After some coffee and a cereal snack (Three Aces unfortunately does not open until 11:30 and if I am up before 9 I surely can’t wait that long to eat!), we headed over.

I rarely ever indulge with a morning cocktail but so many of their breakfast drinks sounded good and after a hard work I figured I earned it ;)

I honestly forget the name of the cocktail that I picked but it was their brunch version of a dark and stormy. In addition to the normal ingredients it also had pineapple juice and banana liquor. It was really tasty!

We had heard that everything was fairly small and sharable so we started with an order of cinnamon roll monkey bread with stout glaze.

It was fabulous. So good and not too sweet (although the small portion really helped with that!) and the glaze actually tasted like stout! Yum!

For my main I made a mistake and ordered the Fried Scrapple.

In my naivety I thought that Three Aces was just calling the breakfast “fried scrapple”, I had no idea that fried scrapple was actually fried pork scraps! Normally I would have explained the situation and asked the waitress for something in its place but I was starting to feel sicker and I wasn’t all that hungry (my appetites been off) so I just moved them off my plate and enjoyed the smoked egg and toast with fig jam.

Ian ordered the egg sandwich and loved it. It was served on a house made english muffin and he said it was really doughy. Yum!

Overall (besides the scrapple mix up) I really liked their brunch and we’ll most likely go back!

After brunch, we headed over to Fleet Feet so I could pick up some new running shoes. Ever since my injury, I’ve wondered if my heel fracture had anything to do with the Brooks Ravenna 2′s that I had purchased about three weeks prior to when I started feeling pain (I wrote more about the shoes when I purchased them here). While my new shoes were my second pair of Ravennas and I had done great with the first pair, when I went to my sports podiatrist following my injury she noted how unsupportive and broken down they seemed. After three weeks? Hmmm… Well today I learned that Brooks changed the heel area of the Ravenna in the second model so that it was less supportive. Wonderful right?

Anyway, I knew right after my heel fracture that I would need to get a shoe fitting when I started to run again and that I was most likely going to need to switch from the Ravennas and possibly even from Brooks so I went into the store today with an open mind and ready to try anything.

And guess what? After trying on Nikes, Asics, and Adidas, I was put back in the Adrenaline (model 12). Apparently, my ankles were slightly misaligned in the Ravennas causing me to overpronate and that was most likely due to the low arch and lack of extra heel support. The Adrenaline 12′s felt great (and supportive!) and even though I did not like their previous model, they worked well for me and I never suffered any injuries. After everything I’ve gone through the past 7 weeks, I’d rather be safe than sorry.


I was hoping to get a run or swim in this afternoon but when we got home I was feeling miserable and when I took my temperature I had a slight fever. No bueno. So instead of lacing up my new shoes and heading out, I popped some Tylenol, changed into sweats, and hit the couch to watch some Felicity. It was totally worth it, about an hour and a half later my chills are gone, my appetites back, and my headache is gone. Whew!

Resting is on the agenda for tonight, do you have any exciting weekend plans?