My flight home from Chicago just landed a few hours ago, and I could barely wait to share this with you. I went for a long weekend with my friends John and Loren to celebrate their engagement (congrats guys!), and to visit my pals Sarah and Gabe who moved to Chicago a few years ago.
It was my second time in the Windy City, and I’m fairly certain I gained at least five pounds. Maybe (but probably not), this will oh-so-eloquently describe how I feel about the food in Chicago, not 10 minutes after I got home:
Me: So, I think we should move to Chicago.
Me: Because the food there is RETARDED. REEEETTAARRRRDED.
I’m so happy. Hands down, the best meal I had on my trip was at Jam in West Town. The whole experience was sublime. Sarah, Gabe and I slept in late, got up and arrived for a lazy Friday brunch around 2:15pm and had, I think, the most delicious brunch ever. Seriously. The weather was perfect, and we even had the chance to eat outside, with bricks and trees and azaleas and a life-size horse statue. Who knew this is what we were in for:
Gabe ordered the Jamburger: double patties, butterkasse cheese, sunnyside egg, smoked tomato sauce, french fries.
Sarah ordered Savory Buckwheat Crepes: braised lamp, asian pear, hazelnut-sage glaze.
And I ordered the Malted Custard French Toast: macerated rhubarb, lime leaf cream, pink peppercorns. It was deliciously soft, fluffy and tender, the rhubarb was tart and complemented the sweetness of the cream perfectly, and the pink peppercorns were little pieces of crunchy, delectable heaven.
I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go sweet or savory before ordering, because I feel like restaurants go a little overboard with the sweet toppings on their french toast. This was the perfect combination.
The coffee was great. The portions were perfect-all three of us practically licked our plates clean. The meat was cooked to perfection and when I tasted Sarah’s crepes, the lamb melted in my mouth. The service was laid back, friendly, yet professional. The garden was adorable and the outdoor seating was actually comfortable!
The food was exceptional. So, if you’re ever in the Chicago area- please make the trek out of the loop to have a bite @ Jam. You can thank me later.