After a stint in the barbecue pit at the Stockyards, former Beretta and Rowe Farms butcher Stephen Howell and company transform a Koreatown café into one of the best new brunch spots around. Informal room, friendly, casual service, modest prices.
Best: to start, a $4 grapefruit mimosa made with 2 ounces of Spumanti Bambino, followed by pastry chef Haley Franklin's buttery English muffins spread with Ontario blueberry compote; exceptional mains like crisply battered southern-fried chicken coupled with a brilliantly pickled jalapeño dipping sauce, local greens in a lemony vinaigrette and the inevitable fried egg; vegetarian deep-fried panko-crusted "Scotch-ish" poached eggs over toasted baguette and cubed home fries; not-to-be-missed chocolate banana bread French toast with caramelized fruit and salted caramel; sides of house-cured hickory beef bacon; to finish, house-baked blueberry scones.
Complete brunches for $25 per person, including tax, tip and a beef-bacon Caesar. No reservations. Licensed. Access: short step at door, washrooms in basement.
Updated Nov 21, 2013