I love getting together with the Bitches. So when when our head Bitch, Cori Sue, came to town for the weekend, we made it an event! Cori Sue and Amber, our resident Social Bitch, had the chance to experience dinner at the Hampton Social when it first opened. They loved it so much, they knew they had to try brunch! Being brunching Bitches, we were lucky enough to be invited to try Hampton Social’s brunch menu, and, of course, took them up on their offer.
Walking up to the Hampton Social, the exterior screams summer in Sag Harbor. The interior is predominantly white with hints of blue and other muted tones. The space was filled with nautical accents, including hammocks, palm print wallpaper, rattan seating, anchors, nautical ropes, and crab traps. Even the servers dress in nautical stripes and wear Sperry Topsiders. The windows are all retractable, allowing the restaurant to bring the beach breeze feel to Chicago. We were seated in a side dining area with faux ivy on the walls and all white decor—so cute and clean!
Once we were seated, our server came quickly and took our beverage orders. We all ordered coffee, which was piping hot and a nicely balanced blend. I always need my coffee in the morning, so I was pleased with this cup.
As a trio, we decided to order a couple of apps to share before delving into our main entrees. We selected the crab cakes, deviled eggs, and monkey bread.
The crab cakes were delicious! They were served with a charred corn relish with arugula, tomatoes, and lemon aioli. While the cakes were hot, the relish was cool—it was a nice contrast and helped to cool down the cakes when we divided them up.
As expected, the Hampton Social is at its core a seafood restaurant, serving oysters, an entire selection of dishes made with lobster, and all sorts of delicious appetizers like calamari and tuna tartare. Our deviled eggs arrived with lobster, providing an upgrade to the standard deviled egg. Oh, and they were delicious.
On the sweeter side, we tried the monkey bread and—oh man, it’s a sweet tooth’s delight. The bread was covered with bourbon caramel, pecans, and mascarpone chantilly on top. However, it was a bit dry for our liking and was not our favorite appetizer on the table. That said, we did all go back for second servings.
When it came to entrees for brunch, I personally had a hard time choosing. There were so many entrees to choose from but the apps were a good indication that no matter what I tried, I couldn’t really go wrong. I ended up opting for something healthy: the quinoa salad. The dish had quinoa, arugula, tomatoes, red onions, and feta with a fried egg on top. Oh my, this Bitch was elated with her decision! The dish was absolutely delicious. It was clean yet filling, flavorful yet light. I loved everything about it and really recommend you try it—seriously, it was that good.
Cori Sue ordered the egg white omelette with crab, spinach, and goat cheese. She requested a side of fruit rather than hash browns. The presentation was simple and the dish healthy, refreshing, and light. The crab was apropos for this seashore-inspired setting and a menu focused on seafood.
Amber opted for the Harbor sandwich. The classic breakfast sandwich had sharp cheddar, scrambled eggs, and veggies on a little croissant. Amber said it was what you’d expect a breakfast sandwich to be but by it being on a petite croissant, it made it manageable to eat. Win!
The Bitches say A. The interior takes you away from the city life and to the seashore—and offers some great seafood, too.
The Hampton Social
353 W Hubbard St.,
Hampton Social serves brunch Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.