Chicago is a city of neighborhoods—77 to be exact. All of them expressing and embracing their own personalities; each one different from the next.
The historic Gold Coast neighborhood, which sits among the skyscrapers of downtown, the grassy fields of Lincoln Park and the waves of Lake Michigan, is perhaps one of my favorite neighborhoods to escape to every once in a while.
The streets are lined with stunning historic Victorian homes, and among them sits the beautiful and newly restored Restoration Hardware concept. Now, you must be wondering, “Why am I reading about a furniture store on a brunch site?”
Well, it just so happens that, tucked away inside the stunning store, sits the hottest brunch spot in the city: The 3 Arts Club Café. And anyone who has tastebuds is flocking to it.
The café’s name is an ode to the history of the very building it sits in. The Three Arts Club of Chicago, founded in 1914, was a home and club for women in the three arts of music, painting and drama. The café is located in the building’s foyer, decorated with romantic fountains, sparkly chandeliers and plush couches that suck you in and make you never want to leave.
The café’s cuisine comes to us courtesy of restaurateur Brendan Sodikoff, the brain behind the Hogsalt restaurant group: A.K.A Au Cheval, Small Cheval, Bavette’s Bar & Boeuf, Doughnut Vault, and the list goes on. If you’ve had a taste of what’s cooking at any of these other spots, you understand how quickly I laced up my shoes, grabbed one of my best gals and booked it over to 3 Arts.
We made our way on a Saturday morning and only had to wait about 20 minutes until a table was ready. Already a good sign for such a hot spot! As we sat down I ordered a soy latte and my friend ordered a chamomile mint tea. My latte was beautifully prepared and my friends tea was served in a lovely silver teapot, steeped to perfection.
The brunch menu is small, however it is available all day, and just about every item sounds delicious during the brunch hour. I debated between the smoked salmon board and the RH Scramble and ultimately decided on the RH Scramble, as I wanted to test out their breakfast chops.
I also made sure to order a side of hand-cut fries, because I can never turn down garlic aioli—it simply goes against my moral code. My friend opted for the RH Burger, and after experiencing the infamous burger at Au Cheval, I knew I was going to have a little case of ordering envy. But I stuck to my guns and, boy, I was not disappointed.
I can’t remember the last time I saw scrambled eggs cooked to such perfection. I am typically a strict eggs-over-easy person, but on this day I thought I would step out of my over-easy box. The eggs were scrambled with crème fraiche and topped perfectly with chives.
Let’s not forget about the avocado and Texas toast that accompanied the eggs. This toast was something special. So fluffy and expertly buttered, it was the perfect complement to the eggs. I ended up creating my own little tartine by piling slices of avocado and scoops of eggs onto the toast. It was heaven.
The situation that was happening on the other side of the table, with the RH Burger, was equally as noteworthy. This is a two-patty burger with shreds of sharp American cheese pouring over the sides, topped with pickles, onions, lettuce, tomato and a delightful spread of dijonnaise. You can bet I had a bite, or it may have been two, but who can remember these things?
This little gem in the heart of the Gold Coast provides for a unique dining experience from the moment you sit down in the historic space. Not to mention, the service is wonderful, the food and drinks top notch, and the chandeliers shine like the top of the Chrysler building. What’s not to like?
The Bitches say: A. Brunch at 3 Arts Club Café is highly recommended to anyone looking to add a little extra flair to their weekend brunch.
3 Arts Club Café
3 Arts Club Café serves their entire menu everyday of the week from 10 AM to 8PM.