“The Insider's Guide” Of Where To Go And What To Do In Chicago
With its bright yellow walls and line of waiting customers often out the door, Batter and Berries is a hard brunch spot to miss. Their unique menu is filled to bursting with not only tried-and-true breakfast choices, such as classic eggs and bacon, but also daily specials, such as Jambalaya omelets. They are BYOB, so anyone wanting a refreshing morning mimosa better come prepared.
Although it just opened in 2012, the restaurant started by Dr. Tanya and Craig Richardson is one of the most popular breakfast spots in the area. Their promise to use exclusively fresh ingredients and flavors found around the world makes Batter and Berries a force to be reckoned with. A lot of time is spent on the sunny yellow stoop because the line to get in can reach up to two hours on the weekend—a testament to the quality and creativity of their food. Craig is often walking around the restaurant chatting with customers, making the experience more personal.
Once inside, it’s clear to see there’s another factor affecting the wait time: the small size of the space. However, the tight quarters have become a positive trait of the brunch spot: seating is family-style (depending on the table), so you’ll get to know your neighbors. Between the jovial, riddle-loving staff and your new table-mates, there’s no shortage of entertainment during your meal.
The camaraderie the restaurant has fostered is as unique as their offerings. They’re known for their Super French Toast Flight, which is served with house-made maple butter. It includes four types of french toast: blueberry, caramel, lemon, and strawberry, all made with locally baked Brioche. Another patron favorite is their chicken and waffles, which is special in that the waffle batter is infused with chicken and also comes with a piece of juicy chicken on the side. Although they have some adventurous offerings, such as the lemon pepper lobster omelet and the Bourbon maple Dijon lamb chops, picky eaters need not worry—the menu also includes staples such as classic breakfast sandwiches and hash browns.
The doors to Batter and Berries are open seven days a week, from 8 AM to 3 PM, ready to satisfy your cravings every morning. Don’t forget to arrive early because a spot on the wait list is first-come, first-serve. They do not accept reservations and your entire party needs to be present in order to be seated.