I have always loved making new friends, and meeting new people. So, when Cameron and I first started dating, I had a chance to meet Cameron’s friends and their significant others.
Two of which, Jill and Tracy, have become fast friends of mine. As spring turned to summer, the three of us decided that we needed to make plans sans boyfriends. I, of course, suggested brunch and soon thereafter, we made plans to try brunch at a Chicago gem in the Gold Coast: Chicago Q.
I had been eyeing Chicago Q for quite some time. In my opinion, Chicago Q is one of the cutest restaurants in the city. As you walk up to Chicago Q, the white picket friend is what first catches your eye. This converted house looks like an adorable Southern home that was plucked from Charleston, SC, and placed on Dearborn in the heart of the Gold Coast.
When we arrived there was space available on the patio—score! It may have been hot, but it was worth it! The patio area is decorated with bright pillows, minimalist tables, and blue umbrellas to shield us from the sun—I loved everything about it.
Our waiter was prompt, polite, and had one of the cutest, and preppiest uniforms that matched the decor of Chicago Q perfectly—it’s all in the tiny details.
We all decided to take it easy when it came to cocktails for this brunch, and focused on getting ourselves well-caffeinated. Jill went for the standard hot coffee, I chose iced coffee, and Tracy went for iced tea.
All of our drinks were refreshing, and delicious. Being that it was such a hot day, I opted for the iced coffee, and was happy with the ice to coffee ratio—nothing worse than diluted coffee.
As our drinks arrived at the table, so did two surprises—a bowl of pickles and a bowl of barbecue potato chips. Now, I was surprised at first but reminded myself that this was first and foremost a Southern-inspired restaurant that is known for its barbecue. It was nice to have a snack to munch on to assuage my hunger, but I was ready to order my entree upon arriving!
For entrees, Jill had her eye on the Q waffle. The waffle was topped with fresh strawberries, homemade whipped cream, a fruit cut, and two pieces of perfectly cooked bacon. The waffle was really sweet, soft in the middle, and crunchy on the edges—all signs point to a perfectly cooked waffle! The fruit cup was a nice compliment to the sweet dish, and had apples and pears mixed in, opposed to your typical melon and grapefruit cup.
Tracy was craving more of a savory dish and opted for the chorizo quesadillas with scrambled eggs, chihuahua cheese, and chorizo. For toppings, there was some pico de gallo, and sour cream on the side. Her entree also came with a fruit cup with strawberries, melon, blueberries, and pineapple. All in all, Tracy said that the dish was good, but was not fantastic—it was a bit dry, and while it was on the brunch menu, it certainly seemed more like a lunch dish.
For my entree, I followed my sweet tooth cravings and ordered the stuffed French toast. The Challah bread was sliced thick, smelled of vanilla, and was drizzled with powdered sugar. The homemade whipped cream was delicious, and added to the sweetness of the dish. My sweet tooth was satisfied, to say the least.
Brunch at Chicago Q was a delight. The service was swift and courteous, and the ambiance was perfect for a patio brunch.
The Bitches say: A. Chicago Q balances its Southern-style BBQ reputation with this sweet and savory brunch that is sure to please all who dine at Chicago Q.
1160 N Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL 60610
Chicago Q serves brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.