Oh, how I love Boystown. Boystown is a beautiful, clean neighborhood in Chicago that is bustling with bars, business, shops, and stores and plenty of street walkers (most with dogs!) enjoying all the area has to offer.
Charlotte, my best friend who recently moved to Chicago, lives on the edge of Lincoln Park close to Lakeview. One Sunday morning after a photo shoot, I was starving and it wasn’t too hot, so I called her up and suggested that we grab brunch in her ‘hood, somewhere with a patio maybe. I had heard of a new place that had recently opened, Lark, a pizzeria concept conceptualized by chefs Bernardo Ibarra of Girl and the Goat, and Kaz Medhat of Magnolia Café.
Lark has a hug patio in the back and it has two dining rooms that have huge floor to ceiling windows that open to the sidewalk outside. With the afternoon sun moving, it was perfect that we could sit and enjoy the outdoor feeling and light, without actually being in the sun, with a table up front. The back patio is awesome though, and I can only imagine how cute it must look in the evening with the hanging string lights. So cute!
We were promptly greeted by our server Jeff who cheerfully informed us of breakfast cocktails, among them $4 mimosas—I repeat… $4 mimosas! We ordered two, of course. As he went off to grab our breakfast beverages, Charlotte and I admired the space. Upon entering there is a large bar, framed by a beautiful old wooden frame. It looks custom built; later Jeff informed me that it actually is; it is a piece that they acquired from another business. As he said, it is the restaurant’s “very own little piece of history” seeing that is is a really old piece.
In the first dining room there is a cute corner that is home to a retro-style DJ booth. On the walls hang flat screen TV’s playing retro music videos; think Paul Abdul, Prince, and The Go-Go’s. Fair warning: be prepared to leave with Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” stuck in your head the rest of the day.
We were seated at a window high-top n the second dining room, which is home to the restaurant’s brick-oven for pizza. I was so excited to see what pizza offerings they had, specifically breakfast ones.
Charlotte and I decided to start with a salad. We chose the beet salad. It was composed of red and golden beets, honeycrisp apples, baby kale, and arugula served with shaved Manchego cheese with rye croutons tossed in a shallot vinaigrette. I mean, who can resist Manchego cheese on anything?
The salad was the perfect light, refreshing start to our meal. The sweet beets and apples complimented the sharp kale and manchego cheese perfectly. The vinaigrette was delicious also, we really enjoyed this salad.
For entrees Charlotte and I decided to split, of course, the breakfast pizza. We also chose to get something sweet so we went with the Brioche French toast, accompanied with fresh fruit.
We watched the “pizza man” prepare our pizza and watch him delicately place it in the pizza oven. No sooner did our French toast arrive at the table, looking delicious. We enjoyed it; the toast was super sweet and didn’t need much syrup, but nonetheless it was really good.
Our breakfast pizza arrived and looked exactly the way I had envisioned it: bubbling hots, with a fried egg on top, a runny yolk and perfectly browned cheese. The breakfast pizza comes with fresh mozzarella, homemade ricotta, smoked ham, sunny side egg, but Charlotte and I decided to add some extra meat and have prosciutto on it as well.
Obviously that was a great choice. The pizza was perfect. Everything you would want from a breakfast pizza, and it was just extra awesome that it was cooked in a brick oven. We loved this pizza so much. It was large, so there was enough to take home, and I can attest that it was just as wonderful the next day re-heated.
Lastly, I have to say our server Jeff was the nicest. We settled up with him, and before we got up to head out the door, he let us know he was sending us out some dessert. Lo and behold, along came a beautiful assortment of ice cream sandwiches; three different flavors of ice-creamed placed delicately between mini churros, topped with drizzled chocolate sauce. They were delicious, and the perfect ending to our meal on a 90 degree plus day.
The Bitches Say A: Lark is a great addition to the Boystown ‘hood. This place is perfect year-round for brunch, and is definitely on our list for must-try pizza in the city. Plus, we definitely give bonus points for $5 mimosas!
Lark serves weekend brunch on Saturdays and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. (773) 799-8968