What’s better than a burger for brunch? An Au Cheval burger.
One of my favorite restaurants in Chicago is Au Cheval. I know there are lots of other more revolutionary, and unique restaurants in the city, but I can’t deny my love for burgers. I still stand behind this burger being one of the best burgers in the city, country, and is one of the best I have ever had.
My good friend Ali, who is also a burger lover, has shared similar sentiments in regard to how great this burger is and she and I had always talked about doing a double date at Au Cheval so our boyfriends could finally meet.
On a slow Sunday morning, I was in need of sustenance and the only thing I wanted was a burger. My lightbulb moment was nearly squashed after I looked at the clock. It was 9:30 a.m. and Au Cheval opens at 10 a.m., normally with a line already outside. I immediately texted Ali with the plan to meet at Au Cheval at 10:30 a.m. Somehow, Ali was willing to brunch with me, so I got my things together and left.
Miraculously, I somehow arrived at 10:32 a.m. with Ali not far in front of me. I walked into Au Cheval, and we were immediately seated—so that’s how you get into Au Cheval without waiting.
Au Cheval is a Hogsalt creation, just like our favorites The 3 Arts Club Cafe and 3 Greens Market, to name a few. Au Cheval has a very urban, rustic look to it, with exposed brick walls juxtaposed near stark white subway tiles. The floor is black and white tile, and the high ceiling allows for space in this long restaurant. It’s a small space, and certainly fills up quickly!
Our waitress came by and introduced herself and asked if we wanted to put in our orders. While both Ali and I had been to Au Cheval, we wanted to browse the menu a bit more before making food decisions, but drinks were easy enough.
To drink, Ali and I decided to order lattes. A frothy, caffeinated beverage was what both of us needed after our long nights. Au Cheval uses Metropolis Coffee, which is roasted right here in Chicago. The coffee was delicious; creamy and light and it certainly was a big cup. I always get frustrated when I go to restaurants that are spectacular for one item but suck at the standards, like coffee. Au Cheval is not one of those.
To nosh on, Ali and I wanted an appetizer. One of our mutual favorites at Au Cheval is the French fries with a fried egg on top, and garlic aioli on the side. The fries were perfectly cooked, and the fried egg oozed over the fries, offering a glaze before submerging them into the garlic aioli. The aioli is delicious, and frankly, should replace mayo on everything.
The two of us wanted burgers, but decided to split two entrees so we could get our burger fix as well as try a classic brunch entree.
The other entree we chose was the English breakfast. It’s two eggs over easy, toast, jam, a grilled tomato, pork belly, and refried beans. Being that Ali’s mother is from England, I asked her if this was a quintessential breakfast she had seen before and she said it was, except normally instead of pork belly, blood sausage is served. I’m glad Au Cheval went with the pork belly.
The English breakfast was delicious. The grilled tomato and beans were welcomed additions to the normal “eggs and toast dish.” The toast was buttery, warm, and crispy. The grilled tomato was by far my favorite part with its chives and charred edges. It was juicy and went nicely with the eggs and toast.
For those of you who have had the Au Cheval burger, it’s incredible, and has since ruined other burgers for me. We ordered the single cheeseburger with an egg and pork belly. No matter the day or the chef, this burger at Au Cheval is consistent and delicious. The science of making this the best burger has to be the secret sauce that every burger is topped with. I don’t want to know what’s in it, and even if I did, it’s not like I could ever recreate the magic that is the Au Cheval burger.
I was beyond content with the brunch at Au Cheval, and wish I could brunch there all the time. Patrons who know Au Cheval grapple with going due to the wait time being extremely long. But with Ali and I lucking out, just know that it’s possible to sneak in early!
The Bitches say: A+. Being seated immediately, our wonderful waiter, great drinks, and of course the food made our experience excellent. The food is consistently delicious, and I will still stand by this burger being one of the best burgers in Chicago.
800 W Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60607
Au Cheval serves brunch Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.