Today's solo Sunday brunch was sushi and sake at Hot Woks Cool Sushi, 2032 W.Roscoe St. Perfect solo brunch spot: Not crowded at all, soft techno playing in the background, surprisingly upscale service for a neighborhood Asian restaurant, and great decor (which this photo doesn't show -- trust me, it's cool, elegant, and restores your spirits).
While it's an intimate space, you'll still feel a sense of urban retreat: plenty of space between tables and an unhurried vibe. And there's cute sidewalk dining, too.
Full menu of typical Chinese dishes in addition to sushi -- plus lunch specials, such as two maki rolls with a bowl of miso soup for $8.95. I tried The Confusion Roll ($13.95): asparagus and sweet potato tempura folded in a maki topped with diced super white tuna and salmon drizzled with mandarin orange aioli. Everything is beautifully plated, and there's quite a good sake list as well as signature cocktails.
After your meal, wander along Roscoe St. and window shop, or visit Black Dog Gelato, 1955 W. Belmont (just blocks away), with its menu of amazing unique flavors -- a current favorite of mine is basil strawberry sorbet -- or, have their Turkish iced coffee infused with cardamom pods. Plus, adorable decor and friendly staff who will let you taste everything :) .