Bravo Batter and Berries

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So for as long as I can remember I have been hearing about this restaurant on Chicago’s North Side, Batter and Berries.  I have heard nothing but good things, the only complaint that I have ever heard was that there is always a wait, but I always hear that the wait is worth it.  So today I had the opportunity to try Batter and Berries for myself.

Anyone who truly knows me knows that I love breakfast.  I feel as if my day is incomplete if it does not start with breakfast.  Even if I sleep in or get a late start to the day breakfast is my jump start to the day.  My uncle is in town visiting and I promised him that I would treat him to breakfast, and I let him and my cousin decide and Batter and Berries it was.

Let me begin by saying that true to form there was a wait.  Not unlike many other popular breakfast restaurants in the city, so this was no big deal.  My family arrived before I did, so actually my wait was shorter than theirs.  The place was packed to capacity.  It is quaint and cozy however they accommodated our group of 5 easily.  Once we were in and seated the hostess informed us that they short wait staff, but that someone would be with us shortly.  Once we were seated the drinks water and coffee, came right way.  So far so good.

 

Catfish BB
Catfish with Egg Whites and Hashbrowns (with cheese) 

 

Our server came over and introduced himself, he was professional, polite and friendly.  He explained to us about the daily specials available and offered to answer any questions we had regarding the menu.  We made our selections and continued on with our conversation.  Shortly after our orders were taken the food arrived, hot fresh and DELICIOUS.

 

Cajan Salmon Benedict
Cajun Salmon Benedict

 

 

 

My family loves to eat, so anytime there is silence at the table you know and understand that the food is good.  Our waiter can back and offered the signature hot sauce and also explained that the butter was maple flavored, which in my cousins opinion was the perfect compliment to his French toast flight.  As each member of my family raved about how good their food was, we even shared bites across the table.  This was roll your eyes in the back of your head kind of good eating.

Let me just say that the Cajun Salmon Benedict was phenomenal.  The Salmon was seasoned to perfection, the Benedict and Hollandaise sauce were as close to perfect as I can recall.  The potatoes were cooked well and did not require any additional salt or pepper.  My mother raved about the flavor of her catfish, and my uncle was in love with his deconstructed steak omelet.   My other uncle and cousin were extremely satisfied  with their French Toast Flights.

As a breakfast lover, I am so disappointed with myself that I waited so long to get over to Batter and Berries.  I will definitely be going back.  There are so many more things on the menu that I am eager to try.  This is the first and only restaurant I went to and came home and blogged about immediately.  It was that good in my opinion.

 

Be Blessed!  Be Fabulous!

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Chicago Food Journey #1

It is very rare that I am out in the town on a Tuesday night.  For the past few years I have been swamped with dissertation research and writing.  Now that that chapter is closing it is time to move on and get out and enjoy life.  Tonight I decided to partake in Sib’s Breakfast Club’s May dining experience.  Tonight was the kick-off and what a great kick off it was.  I was able to wear my Natural Brown Sugar shirt compliments of Sensationally Nappy.  Get yours here.  I love the shirt and more importantly, I love my curves.

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Tonight I had the pleasure of having dinner at The Burger Point in Chicago’s South Loop.  The gathering sponsored by Sib’s Breakfast Club, founded by Sibyl Holloway.  The Burger Point located at the intersection of Archer, 19th and State streets in Chicago’s South Loop is a great place for a great meal.  The location is quaint, however the food is amazing.  There are only a few places I can think of in Chicago that have burgers that make you want to come back for more and this is one of those places.

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Burger Point has been featured on Chicago’s Best.  Now under new ownership, hopefully they will be featured again.  I ordered a cheese burger and sweet potato fries.  All of the food is cooked to order, so what you get is hot fresh food,, not anything sitting under heat lamps for unknown amounts of time.  The sweet potato fries needed no condiments, which is my benchmark of good fires, and the burger was cooked to perfection.  They have just about any topping you could wish for to accompany your burger, and this includes choice of bread.  There is the option for a hamburger, turkey burger, chicken burger and even a veggie burger for those who want options.  This is definitely a place that I would frequent, the food, the staff and the atmosphere were great.  My burger was phenomenal and the hand cut sweet potato fries, there were not words.

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During the month of May Sib’s Breakfast Club will be highlighting more restaurants and small business.  I plan to go out and experience as many of these places as I can if tonight’s choice was any indication of what the rest of the month will be like I need to make sure I am on the treadmill everyday.  Check out the link above to find out what other places Sib’s Breakfast Club will be taking us to this month.  I look forward to seeing you there!

 

Stay Blessed, Stay Fabulous

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