Whenever I have an errand to run in Wicker Park I get excited. I normally hold off until the weekend so I can do my errands with my husband, and we subsequently can spend a couple of hours together in Wicker.
I love Wicker so much that, sometimes, during the day I just come up with an errand to run just so that I have to go to Wicker. When it is nice outside, I make it a whole shebang and pile the dog in the car with us.
Chris, my husband, has started to catch on to my sneaky ways of making him commit to a day in Wicker Park. I’ll say “we need to go to Z, Y, Z, in Wicker today.” To which he will reply: “are you sure I have to come or are you just trying to make a day out of it?” And he’s right. I am trying to make a day out of it.
To Chris, going to Wicker Park means spending money and being dragged to clothing stores.
To me, Wicker Park means a few things; great shopping, great bars, and awesome restaurants. It is such a small and condensed area with so much to find. I especially love the consignment and thrift shops. So one errand can easily become an hour or two of shopping to me, in between several coffee shop stops at the many coffee spots in this tiny six street conjunction.
On this particular Saturday, I waited to tell Chris we had an errand to run in Wicker until the right moment. I had planned on us brunching at Trenchermen. Chris and I have dined at Trenchermen several times for dinner before, although it had been a while since we had visited the establishment. We had tried brunch once but it was packed! Thankfully, I had made reservations the day before, and I knew that Chris would be delighted to go.
We like Trenchermen for several reasons. First and foremost, the food is really delicious. Second, it’s a cool and inviting spot in the midst of a lot of divey bars. It’s fancy, but not too fancy: fine for well dressed date goers, and also the perfect spot for a low-key after work drink. I have enjoyed being able to dine at a nice restaurant in a low-key-but-cute outfit consisting of lace up boots and a flannel.
The Kale salad followed and it was beautiful. Diced Kale, mixed with a vegetable escabeche, avocado, and pumpkin seeds topped with a soft boiled egg — my kind of breakfast salad. It was really good.
That being said, Chris and I were up for the challenge. My eggs Florentine were really good, the roasted cauliflower was a nice touch. I especially enjoyed the house made biscuits, they were super yummy. Chris was a little underwhelmed with the Denver frittata, although it was yummy it was really small and not as packed with veggies and ham as he had imagined.
Overall, breakfast was a win. The food was great, and the menu is diverse with a touch of culinary drama; I liked it. This was a fancy brunch that was by no means pretentious. While Trenchermen is obviously a place that takes pride in having a modern, unique menu, and really presenting delicious and flavorful food, it is not trying too hard, per se. It was a beautiful meal accompanied by a perfect cava mimosa, and some good strong coffee.
The Bitches say: A-. Trenchermen is a beautiful restaurant, with a wonderful ambience. Offering an array of seasonal menu offerings, it is the perfect place for a weekend brunch in Wicker Park.
2039 W North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
Trenchermen serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.