Best French Toast and Sausage
I noticed this little hole-in-the-wall establishment when I was out of town on a business trip not too long ago. Its bright yellow sign drew me in and the cozy, but bright color of its interior. It's not very large and you'd be surprised how many people can cram into this place without it feeling like a bunch of sardines.
I had the french toast with some sausage on the side. I've had a lot of french toast before, and I don't know what they did to make it taste so fluffy yet crispy but it was delicious. It was, without a doubt the best french toast I ever had. While the sausage was pretty good as well, it pales in comparison to the excellence of the french toast. While not a big place, you'll still find it's relatively comfortable within and the service is both prompt and friendly.
Batter & Berries
Batter & Berries
Batter and Berries or French Quarter Toast
The Slow and Savory Review
Its surprising how much one can pack into a day sometimes. Even in her advanced age, Brandy keeps busier than even her doctors advise her to, filling her days with trips to various meetings for societies, clubs, guilds, and even the occasional comity. So it came as quite a surprise to her when on Tuesday morning she checked her schedule book to find only one listing (she was to meet Bear Buttercup, who was in town, that evening to discuss his actress wife, Bambi's, next career move). "How can this be?" she wondered, "For goodness' sake! It's Fat Tuesday and the State of the Union is tonight and..." and then it occurred to her just what a special day it was, "Pancake Day." She instantly had no other choice but to spend her free time that morning on a little weekday brunch.
Brandy chose Batter and Berries, a vibrant Creole inspired breakfast/lunch spot in the heart of Lincoln Park. The restaurant was unexpectedly busy for a week day (Brandy supposed a lot of people had the same idea as she did) but she was taken to a table fairly quickly. The bright yellow walls were decorated in a colorful if random mix of art and nic-naks, lending a cheerful air to the surroundings. The place was positively buzzing, but the some what echoy acoustics and closely placed tables made things perhaps a little loud. Brandy felt comfortable at her little mosaic table regardless, but worried about what it might have been like on a weekend.
It took a little while finally to get an order in, then another little while to get the food, but everything turned out to be worth the wait. Brandy started off with a Flight of French Toast (yes, it was Pancake Day, but Brandy has always had a prevalent rebellious streak) boasting four flavors: Lemon, Blueberry, Strawberry, and Caramel. The toast itself seemed to have been coated in pearl sugar, giving each bite an amazing crunch and chew, almost like a liege waffle. Brandy found the lemon to be bright without even a hint of sourness. The blueberry was rich in flavor, having been dipped in a specially made batter that actually had pureed blueberries in it. The strawberry toast was probably the most conventional of the varieties presented. It was maybe a little on the sweet side for Brandy's liking, but was still very true to the strawberry flavor. Lastly was the caramel, which was rather decadent and more dessert like.
As an entree, Brandy requested the Deconstructed Steak Omelette with a side of homemade hashbrowns, which were certainly one of the best Brandy had every tasted: intensely crispy on the outside, with the interior of the potatoes just a little al dente, Brandy had never encountered hashbrowns that had so clearly been made from scratch. The omelette consisted of dense eggs (Brandy prefers her omelettes dense. "I don't want something so fluffy its going to float away. Brunch should fill you up, after all. If you leave the table without a satisfied groan, you've done it wrong.") enclosing melted Swiss cheese and topped with sliced steak, onions, mushrooms, and a red wine demi-glaze. The flavor of the sauce was amazing in its complexity with just a touch of peppery goodness. The steak was wonderfully tender and cooked to perfection, and the onions and mushrooms just added to the luxury of the meal. The only thing Brandy was unsure about was the choice to serve the dish on a transparent glass plate, which just seemed a little formal for such a laid back restaurant.
Slowly Brandy extracted herself from her seat with about $30 less in her pocket (most dishes were between $10 and $15, which seemed a little bit much to Brandy, but one can't argue with quality and deliciousness) and a whole free afternoon in front of her. "Maybe a quick walk around the block to shake off this meal," she thought, "And then, dare I say it, a second brunch!"
The Short and Sweet Review
Batter & Berries and Breakfast Bliss
Weekends are for rest. Well, that has been the lie I had been convincing myself was real for the past few years. After long hours at work and then having to get on the computer to do extra stuff, I would look forward to weekends when I would stay in bed late, get up and grab a quick snack, and then lounge around my condo with a plate of something nearby. Alas, there are errands to run, clothes to wash, cleaning around the condo to be done, and a frenzied email that needs to be addressed. Nevertheless, work doesn’t end. So, I have to fortify myself for the onslaught. For example, today I met a great friend at Batter & Berries in Chicago’s Lincoln Park at 2748 N. Lincoln Avenue. Getting there involved work, as driving down roads riddled with cavernous pothole requires dexterity, quick reflexes, and a large vocabulary to avoid a potty vernacular when slamming into any of the many potholes.
Eggs Scrambled with Gouda Cheese
My friend had gone to Batter & Berries already, so she had warned me of the crowd that the restaurant experiences. Chicago boasts some fantastic breakfast spots where people will gladly wait in long lines — inside or outside, even in cold temperatures — for a seat so that they can slice away at some pancakes, omelette, waffles, or sausages. Knowing the location of where Batter & Berries is, we agreed that we would get there shortly after the doors opened for business. Wouldn’t you believe that at 8:00 AM, the restaurant was full?
Eggs Benedict Over Crab Cakes with Hashbrowns
My friend ordered a plate of eggs Benedict over crab cakes. This came with hashbrowns. Not being a fan of poached eggs, my friend ordered the eggs Benedict scrambled. Yes, it was a slight modification to the original recipe for assurance that the eggs were not runny. The crab cakes were of the Maryland style, that being lump crab with light breading. This was fantastic because not only were they delicious, but you don’t have to go all the way to Maryland to have crab cakes done properly. And also with the dish came a side of vanilla rum French toast with a dollop of maple butter. Per my friend’s facial expression, she would have gone outside and had a cigarette to show approval of how tasty the French toast was.
Flight of French Toast
I ordered a flight of French toast. Yes, I am exhausting all avenues of flights, having started with a flight of mojitos, and recently indulging flights of whiskey cocktails. Far be it from me to ring the bell tower when it comes to food. Wait. I will ring the bell tower to announce how much I loved the slices of the vanilla, strawberry, lemon, caramel, and blueberry French toast. I rolled my eyes, hummed, went into radio silence mode, smiled my stupid smile, and mumbled nonsense. And to make matters worse, I had a plate of scrambled eggs with gouda cheese in it. For my next confession, I shall let it be known that I have fallen in love with eggs scrambled well with gouda cheese in them.
Berries & Berries was well worth me getting out of bed early. While I can’t flag the restaurant as being couched in any specific ethnicity, I have an allowance for American fare on Chicago Alphabet Soup, especially when it involves the most important meal of the day. The service is outstanding and you really get won over when they show you photos of different dishes on iPads while using the same device to place your order. The prices are incredibly reasonable. But what matter most is the loving from the kitchen, whipped up in some batter with berries and a sprig of bliss.
My stomach instantly growled thinking about the french toast as Batter and Berries. It's seriously that good. If french toast isn't your thing. There are other items on the menu. However I would have to say at least try it. It will make you a believer. I got the french toast sampler. I had to restrain myself from licking the plate. The place is a local staple so be forewarned you will be waiting in a line.
Overall: Batter & Berries is located in Chicago, IL. This restaurant received four out of five stars rated by 751 reviewers. Batter & Berries does not offer delivery and does offer take out. They do not have outdoor seating and do not accept reservations. They do accept credit cards. They are recommended for brunch.
Food: Batter & Berries is a restaurant that offers breakfast and brunch cuisine. Many reviewers enjoyed the french toast flight and chicken sausage that are offered here, these were highly recommended by many diners. Some diners found the food to be mediocre in comparison to similar dishes they had consumed elsewhere. Most diners found the prices to be reasonable. This restaurant does not serve alcohol.
Atmosphere: The atmosphere at Batter & Berries was noted to be casual and comfortable. It is good for groups and is good for children. It has an average noise level and casual attire. They offer street parking and are wheelchair accessible.
Service: The service at Batter & Berries was rated by many patrons as friendly and efficient. With a few exceptions, most diners found that the servers were very attentive and helpful. They do offer waiter service.|