As we enter the energetic neighborhood of Wicker Park, it’s easy to spot Mott Street nestled on the corner of Ashland and Blackhawk. It sticks out like a unique and colorful sore thumb, but in a good way. Its bright, multicolored, graffiti-covered walls are a welcoming addition to the industrial looking neighborhood. The vibes just keep on rolling as you enter the restaurant. Though quite small, it’s a lively space with bright white walls; tons of windows and minimal decor, making it seem much larger than it actually is. During the summertime, the open patio is charming and adds a good amount of extra seating.
We started brunch off on a high note with the aptly named “Bowl of Awesome.” This dish is comprised of blue algae, Greek yogurt, honeycomb, bee pollen, hemp seeds, sprouted buckwheat, and amaranth. It may not sound like much, but this bowl was absolutely delicious and our favorite part of the meal. For starters, the presentation was beautifully rustic and earthy. We were a bit hesitant to dig in, in fear of ruining the lovely production. The Greek yogurt was thick, creamy, and rich with a hint of tang to it. The honeycomb was gooey and sweet with thick granules of crystalized honey. The hemp seeds and bee pollen added a unique flavor and crunch that worked well with the smooth texture of the overall dish. Everything just came together seamlessly and quite frankly, was awesome. This is definitely a must order.
Next, we tried the Freeman Torta. This was certainly a unique take on what one might consider a classic torta, with salmon belly pastrami, scrambled eggs, avocado, pickled onions, and dill. The pastrami salmon is a bold choice, but the egg was what really stole the show. It was fluffy, soft and creamy, perfectly balancing out the peppery flavor of the salmon. In fact, the egg was so buttery soft that the avocado, while always delicious, was almost not even needed. We really liked the bold components and creamy texture of this sandwich. It was for sure an unexpected and flavorsome surprise.
The coconut pancakes are a sweet and delightful staple. The homemade coconut cream was a decadent touch and a lighter alternative to regular whipped cream, it added an unexpected freshness to the dish that I really enjoyed. The batter itself was actually quite sweet and the cakes were dense, yet still very moist. There was really no need to use the maple syrup provided with these pancakes, as the fresh coconut whip and toasted coconut for some crunch and a bit of a smoky flavor. It was the perfect amount of sugary and rich. I had assumed that the pink peppercorn would just be a garnish, however, they were near impossible to separate once they had melted into the cream. They certainly looked festive and added texture, but it was just way too overpowering for me to have them in almost every bite.
Now, the Mott Burger has a reputation, and let me tell you, it definitely lived up to the hype. This burger is amazing. To start, the double patties were properly juicy and perfectly cooked. The sweet potato frizzles atop the burger provided a nice crispy texture without being overpowering. We were a bit wary about the pickled jalapeños at first, but the pickling really helped to tone down their strong flavor. The homemade hoisin aioli and miso butter, however, were the real winners. Combined, they were the perfect mix of sweet and salty. Also, do yourself a favor and add the egg. You won’t be sorry you did.
The Bitches say: four and a half Champagne flutes. All the dishes were delicious, with unique and interesting flavors, plus the presentation was on point. The interior was clean and modern with lots of natural light.
Mott Street serves brunch Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.