Chicago Edition: Brunch at Batter & Berries
There is something special about being able to support a black-owned restaurant that draws a diverse crowd of people with great food and exceptional service. Batter & Berries is located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago and has open since 2012. This diner that serves breakfast and lunch has been recognized by Eater, Zagat, and other well-known publications as one of the top places for your morning meal. They are known for their remixed menu which includes a twist on traditional breakfast items such as their deconstructed omelet, French toast flight, and daily specials.
Before even going to Batter & Berries I was told two things - be prepared to wait and just know your time is NOT in vain. This bustling restaurant is well-known not only in Chicago but has created buzz as breakfast destination when visiting the Windy City. Batter & Berries opens up every day at 8 am, and the line of patrons forms well before then. They do not take reservations so be prepared to stand outside or kill time as waits can sometimes exceed an hour. You know I am a resourceful gal, and I just happened to find a nearby Starbucks about 3 blocks away for a quick cup of coffee.
Batter & Berries makes the type of food that is made with love, generous portions, and requires no additional salt or pepper. I honestly want to start a petition to have them take the salt and pepper off the table to decrease the risk of people ruining their great tasting food. While visiting I was able to try the Lemon Pepper Lobster Omelet which comes with a side of their famous cheesy hash-browns. This restaurant puts a different type of spin on omelets and refers to them as "deconstructed" which is an open-faced omelet made with egg whites while the lobster, veggies, and sauce sits on top. The French toast flight is something you HAVE to order while at Batter & Berries which includes blueberry, strawberry, lemon, and caramel French toast. This flight is created with a Brioche bread and topped with their homemade maple butter. Popular items on their menu include:
Buttermilk Cakes - Buttermilk pancakes with a touch of lemon zest
Cluck & Gracy - Homemade biscuit with chicken sausage gravy and eggs
Cluck-N-Gaufre - Sweet potato waffle stuffed with fried chicken and topped with nutmeg hot sauce
Batter & Berries does not have a liquor license to serve you your adult libations, but they are BYOB, and you are just required to purchase a juice. If you are visiting Chicago or just a crazy Chicagoan who has not had been to this restaurant I encourage you to drop in.
Have you visited Batter & Berries? If so, what was your favorite thing on the menu? Leave it in the comment section below.