It’s not a well-kept-secret: Flo has one of the best brunches in the city. But just like any other good thing in the world, lots of people know this, making it increasingly difficult for me to enjoy Flo and all its goodness at my leisure, though I do my best.
Flo is a tiny restaurant tucked away on a quiet block on Chicago Avenue in Noble Square. Don’t blink when driving past it, because you might miss it. It is a brick lined room with funky, abstract artwork, and an open kitchen area that serves delicious Southwestern and Latin American dishes. Flo has been a long time meeting spot for my friend Jen and me. So, while I have put my name down many a times for a table for weekend brunch, I know this place is best on a weekday, when you can be seated quickly.
One rainy and cold day in Chicago, I believe the first day of spring, ironically, Jen and I met to grab a late brunch and catch up. Flo was an easy choice, since we have both loved it for quite some time and bonded over our fondness for the place upon meeting each other. Jen was due with her baby any day, and still had loads to do before his arrival, so we were looking for a midday meeting spot to have a quick bite. Flo is always so fast with its service we knew it was the ideal choice—plus, it’s so delicious!
Upon being greeted by our server, I ordered a coffee, wile Jen stuck with water. The one down side of this place, I must confess, is the fact that it only serves fresh brewed coffee, and does not offer espresso beverages. I always forget this and order a latte, only to be reminded that do not offer anything but coffee. Not that I am a java snob, I just enjoy a good latte and continually forget that it’s not offered.
We opted to start with the plain French toast to share. We were both starving and the menu can be overwhelming at times, with so many delicious and tempting options. I don’t think I have ever had the same thing twice at Flo, and every time I am there, I cannot remember what I have ordered in the past. So I am making my way through the menu bite by bite, with each visit.
The French toast arrived in a flash—we had not even put our entree orders in and it had already arrived. The toast was piping hot, and looked perfect. Jen and I were anxious to dig in. We both started chatting about how this was the first time we had ever had a sweet dish at Flo. Although it have many sweet offerings, we both have opted for the restaurants savory Latin American-inspired dishes. The French toast was delicious.
For our entrees, Jen chose the green chile chicken enchiladas. They came out with a green poblano sauce and melted cheese on top, served with a side of black beans and brown rice. She had ordered the pork enchiladas in the past, she said, but had never had the chicken, and was not the least bit surprised at how delicious they were.
I must say, while presentation-wise, Flo’s dishes aren’t the most beautiful, but they are really fantastic. The line cooks rush to make them, diner-style, but they are executed perfectly. Vibrant in color, the dishes are enticing as they pass by, despite the fact that beans are just spoon slotted on to a plate in a rush. The meals come out hot and fast, rarely displeasing to one’s palate, and for that, I commend them.
For my entree, I chose the chorizo scramble, something as I mentioned, I had never had before. I really loved my dish. It was simple, yet yummy. Eggs scrambled with housemade chorizo, topped with jack cheese and pico de gallo, it was everything I was craving from south of the border. It was served with black beans, potatoes, and warm tortillas.
Overall, for a quick stop for brunch, we were in and out of Flo in under an hour. My coffee was constantly refilled, and our server was always around and attentive, despite how busy the place was.
The Bitches say: B+. If you are looking for a fast an easy breakfast or brunch, with a southwestern flare, then Flo is a supreme choice. While we fault Flo for not having espresso beverage options, we credit them for great food and cocktail options.
1434 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60642
Flo serves breakfast on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and weekend Brunch 9 a.m to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays.