Thursday, May 10, 2012

Brunch at Bongo Room

On weekends in Chicago, it seems like every restaurant is full with a line going outside and halfway down the block. There are so many places to get a good plate of eggs and it seems that no one wants to make them at home. The Bongo Room is very popular for brunch, but I was able to go on a weekday and not have to stand in a long line and suffer.

No brunch is complete without some form of alcohol. Our favorite of the moment is a mimosa with grapefruit juice instead of orange. At Mercantile in Los Angeles, this is called a Lilosa. At most restaurants here, it's just called a mimosa with grapefruit juice ($8). Regardless, it's delicious and not as sweet as a regular mimosa.

Mimosa with Grapefruit Juice

I also pretty much require eggs at brunch so it was a natural choice for me to go with the croissant sandwich ($9.50). The buttery croissant is filled with melted muenster, bacon, and one egg any style (I chose over easy). It comes with a very large serving of the oddly addictive house potatoes.

Croissant Sandwich

As kind of a dessert for our meal, we ordered the Pumpkin Spice and Chocolate Chunk Cheesecake Flapjacks. A stack of flapjacks is usually $9.95, but you can order a single one to share. Unfortunately this was a bit of a miss for us as the chocolate chips overpowered the pumpkin flavor and I think we waited a bit too long to eat it so the pancake was soggy. The pancake flavors change by the season and they have some new berry cakes on the menu that sound really great.

Pumpkin Spice and Chocolate Chunk Cheesecake Flapjacks

The service at the Wicker Park location was a bit sullen, but they do a swift business. There are now three locations of Bongo Room so hopefully that wait in line will be just a little bit easier.

Bongo Room
1470 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 489-0690

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Erica said...

Grapefruit juice- what a fun spin!! Those potatoes look delicious

Kelly said...

How fun to read your recaps now in my city. I am so sorry that we didn't get to connect up at the bake sale. I ended up having to work the weekend. (Ugh.) But thankfully now my work life is calming down substantially. I'm going to shoot you an email and perhaps we could connect up soon. It would be great to finally meet in person!

Rebecca said...

This is the second time in one week that someone has brought up the Bongo Room! I think I should give it a try :)

Gastronomer said...

Chicagoans LOVE waiting in line for food :)

A shame about the flapjacks!

lisa is cooking said...

I feel like I've been missing out since I've never had a grapefruit mimosa. I need to remedy this!

marla said...

Such a fun brunch!!

Kristina Vanni said...

This sounds great! I will have to stop by this place. Yum!

Joanne said...

A grapefruit mimosa sounds way better than the normal kind! That's def going to be my go-to brunch order from now on.

Fresh Local and Best said...

I've never started brunch with a mimosa, and I am feeling so deprived right now! I must try this grape fruit mimosa, it sounds so refreshing!