When I was living in Virginia near Washington D.C., I used to love having guests come into town so I could do the touristy things, i.e. the monuments, the historical sites, etc. The same goes for Chicago. As the temperatures continue to drop, doing the touristy things that shield me from the elements are on my agenda.
My mom had been missing Chicago, and me, so she decided to come for a long weekend visit. One of the many items on her “to-do” list was to go to the Art Institute of Chicago. I had never been before and had been itching to go since moving here.
In 2014, The Art Institute of Chicago was named the number one museum in the world according to Trip Advisor—if that’s not an impressive accolade, then I don’t know what is.
Before my mom and I went to the museum, I researched the restaurants within the museum and saw that Terzo Piano Restaurant had brunch. Not only was it going to be a museum day, it was going to be coupled with brunch—best day ever!
The Terzo Piano Restaurant is located in the modern wing of the Art Institute and is a beautiful, open, and sparsely decorated space. With glass walls throughout the restaurant, the view of Chicago was the only decoration needed. The white furniture, light colored hardwood floors, and subway tiled bar made everything look clean, cohesive, and modern.
My mom and I were seated at a table overlooking Michigan Avenue and our perky waitress introduced herself and promptly brought us water and asked for our drink orders.
To start, my mom ordered coffee and cream, and I opted for an almond milk latte. To nosh on, our waitress brought some freshly baked bread to enjoy. The coffees were delicious, as was the bread. It was a great start to the brunch.
For entrees, my mom was hoping for something healthy and light, so her eyes perused the salad section of the menu. The kale salad caught her eye and came with quinoa, grilled chicken, cucumber, red onion, tomatoes, olives, and mint yogurt dressing.
While the dressing was a bit heavy, it was a delicious salad full of flavorful veggies. The quinoa was also a nice addition to the salad, offering a crunch and nice texture coupled with the yogurt dressing—lots of Mediterranean vibes with this salad.
For my entree, I asked our waitress for her recommendation, and she suggested I try the buttermilk fried chicken sandwich. The sandwich came on a chive biscuit, with creamy slaw, pickles, fried chicken, and breakfast potatoes on the side.
I loved my sandwich. The chicken had a perfectly crispy exterior and the meat was tender and juicy. The chive biscuit was delicious and the chive flavor complemented the creamy slaw in the sandwich. My breakfast potatoes were also crunchy and a nice addition to the meal, but my main focus was the sandwich.
Brunch at Terzo was a delicious surprise. Sometimes museum restaurants can be overpriced and subpar in food options, but Terzo Piano was worth visiting while in the Art Institute. When my mom and I finished our brunch, we made our way through more exhibits and saw all there was to see. I will be heading back to the Art Institute museum again and again.
The Bitches say: A. The view, the food, and the service earned Terzo Piano in the Art Institute its grade. Absolutely worth the visit while perusing this outstanding museum.
Terzo Piano at The Art Institute of Chicago
159 E Monroe St.
Chicago, IL 60603
Terzo Piano Restaurant serves brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Note from the Editor: Terzo Piano is temporarily closed from January 1st through January 26th for remodeling. Make sure to visit the restaurant after the remodel!