The great thing about moving back to Chicago is being able to brunch with my closest friends from high school rather than limit our relationships to Facebook messenger. So, when my friend Abbey wanted to get together for brunch, I was, of course, in. I suggested Cellar Door Provisions in Logan Square. And I brought along my husband, so I could try more dishes.
From the outside, the restaurant looks unassuming with its menu written on butcher paper hanging in the window next to the door. However, you’ll be pleasantly surprised once you walk inside.. The place is cozy with one long communal table, two side tables, and open kitchen. The décor is minimal with white walls and wooden tables. It felt like we had stepped into an artisanal bakery in the Hamptons.
After we placed our order at the counter, we had a bit of trouble finding somewhere to sit. But, our server asked customers to make room for us at the communal table, which I greatly appreciated. Sometimes it gets a little awkward when you have to ask others to move—but our server handled it nicely.
We were surprised when the food came to the table. Each dish was more beautiful than the last. The portions were, however, slightly smaller than we had expected. My husband ordered the sprouted lentils and sunflower croquettes. The texture was crunchy on the outside and soft, not mushy, on the inside. The spice blend tasted Middle Eastern but not overpowering.
Abbey ordered short ribs wrapped in pasta with a side of spring vegetables. The meat was super tender. The pasta just softer than al dente. Unfortunately, both the short ribs and vegetables were on the salty side.
I am a sucker for quiche, so I ordered the quiche with confit. This was the best dish by far. The quiche was extremely creamy and flavorful, kind of like eating a cloud made of egg. I am somewhat of a quiche snob and hate when quiches are overcooked, spongy, or watery. While side salad is standard, it gives you the perfect break from the rich quiche.
The Bitches say: B+ We recommend the quiche. If you are really hungry, order a pastry or a side of bread to fill you up. Cellar Door Provisions is a great spot for catching up over coffee.
3025 W. Diversey Avenue
Cellar Door Provisions serves brunch from Wednesday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.