I had a very specific goal going into brunch at Pinstripes on this particular Sunday: eat so much so I didn’t have to go grocery shopping that evening to make dinner. Spoiler alert: I achieved my goal!
Pinstripes is a restaurant, catering, and event space that is known for its bocce, bowling, and brunch buffets. The Washington D.C. Bitches brunched at Pinstripes years ago, and loved it. So, when we partnered with the brand, it only seemed right that I go to the new downtown Chicago location, and check it out!
I decided to brunch with my friend Ashley, and we arrived at 11 a.m. on Sunday. I was starving, and Ashley was anxious to eat as well, so we made our way to the patio. We chose a table shaded by an umbrella, and took in the view—it’s a great one! Pinstripes backs up to the Chicago river, but being that Streeterville is further east of the bustling area of the Chicago river, we were able to take in the view without the traffic, noise, and distractions.
Ashley and I ordered mimosas, and I decided to sit and wait at the table, while Ashley headed to the buffet to get her first round of food. I sat, enjoyed the view, and received our mimosas. The first mimosa is free for buffet goers, and after that, mimosas are $3 a piece—not bad. The mimosa was delicious, but not as bubbly as I would have liked—alas, I guess I’d just have to get more than two.
Ashley came back with a beautiful plate of food. She chose quite an assortment from the buffet: shrimp cocktail, two kinds of bruschetta, a mini waffle with strawberries and balsamic cream, bacon, and stuffed potato skins. My mouth was watering at the sight of her plate, and I was so excited to go in and scope out the options.
I made my way into the buffet area, grabbed a plate, and started perusing my options—it was hard to make a decision because there was so much to choose from! Thankfully, the buffet is bottomless, and well-kept, so I didn’t have to worry about making everything fit on one plate or worry that an item would run out—now that’s a well-stocked buffet.
Several items caught my eye first time around: the mini waffles, the bacon, Caesar salad, and bruschettas. From the waffle station, I chose the classic whipped cream and strawberries, but knew I had to go back for the Nutella cream and banana option (more on that later.)
The potato skins, bruschetta, and waffles were delicious. The bacon was perfectly cooked, and the Caesar salad was just the right amount of parmesan cheese, Caesar dressing, and greens—we were off to a great start.
Round two was upon us, and Ashley went in again for her second plate. She came back with another beautiful plate of goodies.
This time she had a yogurt parfait, sausage, salmon, mixed green salad, fruit, and a waffle with bananas, nutella, and whipped cream. Again, just the sight of her plate made me envious! She loved all of the options on this plate as well, but both of us were getting full.
As I was waiting for Ashley to come back after her second trip to the buffet, I had heard whispers around me that there was a dessert station. I didn’t see it the first time, so I found myself on a mission to find it the second time around. I began to search and walked a bit further into the restaurant. Upon searching, I found the omelette station, and while it looked appetizing, but I didn’t allow myself to get distracted from my mission.
Low and behold, hidden from view, was the dessert station and it was heaven. There were brownies, pound cake, cheese cake, and a chocolate fountain with strawberries, homemade marshmallows, pineapple, rice krispie treats, and more, all on wooden skewers. Everytime I see a chocolate fountain, a wave of nostalgia washes over me, as I remember that every high school dance I attended had a chocolate fountain.
As you can imagine, I heavily indulged in the chocolate fountain. As I was walking back, I also grabbed a yogurt parfait, a mini waffle with Nutella cream and bananas, and a mixed green salad (as I was feeling guilty for the pile of chocolate fountain goodies stacked on my plate)..)
All of the items I got from the chocolate fountain were perfect—that’s expected, they were covered in chocolate, afterall. My mini waffle with the Nutella cream and bananas was incredible, as was the yogurt parfait with granola and berries, and the mixed green salad.
Ashley saw all of my loot from the chocolate fountain station, and exclaimed, “where was that?!” I explained to her where it was and she dashed off to find it—a girl after my own heart.
Pinstripes was a delight when it came to ambiance, and food variety. I only wish Ashley and I had had time to go and explore more of Pinstripes that day, but we will have to leave that until next time.
The Bitches say: A. The varieties of bites at the buffet was impressive, and I was not left for one moment wishing there was more. I achieved my goal of not having to make dinner that night—#foodcoma. And that chocolate fountain will have your inner! My inner 16 year old was jumping for joy.
435 E Illinois St,
Chicago, IL 60611
Pinstripes serves brunch on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
BitchBiz: Bitches Who Brunch partner with Pinstripes. Although, this article was written independently by Bitches Who Brunch, we do receive compensation from the company.