Alternative Brunch: The Rookery
Sharing a name with the historic building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, The Rookery gastropub is nestled in Ukrainian Village, and is a great place for Sunday brunch. Cute yet classy, the restaurant is warm and inviting to all brunch-lovers, and filled with avian-themed art and drinks.
The Rookery is low-key and makes you feel at ease with a fun menu and modern art. The bird theme is noticeable and quirky without being overbearing or try-hard. With a mix of old school hits and rock and roll, the music is lively and puts everyone in a good mood. You’ll want to start off your day with something under Good Day Sunshine, the title of the creative cocktail menu. For $4, you can get a “fruity, bubbly, real chirpy” mimosa or peach bellini (both pair well with the dishes, and what would brunch be without them? That is, if you’re legal, of course.)
The restaurant offers many sweet and savory options, but a must-have is the breakfast poutine. Offered as a standalone entrée, I found that the poutine is an excellent appetizer for the table. The fries are crispy and soft, and covered in flavorful melted cheese that is also topped with two sunny-side up eggs.
If you’re looking for something savory, the fried chicken thigh is delicious. For $10, you get a large, well-seasoned chicken thigh that packs a hint of spice. It comes with a soft biscuit and is topped with a thick gravy that ties together the entire dish.
If you’re feeling something sweet, the French toast is a great choice as well. The toast, crispy on the outside but slightly gooey and soft on the inside, is topped with a fruit compote and homemade marshmallow fluff. The two toppings go together surprisingly well, as the tartness of the fruit complements the sweetness of the marshmallow, creating wonderfully balanced bites.
The dining is casual, the food and drinks are great, and the prices are reasonable. If you’re looking for an alternative to the cliché brunch destination, The Rookery is the place for you!
The Rookery, $$
2109 W Chicago Ave
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