As a resident of Lincoln Park, I often times brunch close to home. Needing an opportunity to branch out a bit, I decided I wanted to try a spot that was buzz-worthy, and not necessarily your traditional brunch spot—and it didn’t hurt that the place I had in mind has pie…. LOTS of pie.
Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits is a popular destination for diners who love all things pie and biscuits—I know, the name gave it away. I had tried to brunch at the Logan Square location once before, but ultimately left due to the long line and wait time—I was really hungry and it was too hot to wait outside in the sweltering heat.
It just so happened that a couple days after my first brunch attempt at Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits, my friend Britt suggested a beach and brunch day on our day off—best plan ever!
With a bit of quick planning, we headed to the Ravenswood location, which I hoped would be more mellow, and less congested. The exterior is minimalist, to say the least, with its simple white lettering “Pie & Biscuits”—there was no missing this spot.
Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits is a casual restaurant, with a vintage feel, that serves up delicious Midwestern biscuit dishes, pot pies, and berry and other sweet pies. Considering it was a Monday at 11 a.m., the restaurant was not bustling, but still had its fair share of brunchers, people working on laptops, and afternoon pie buyers.
Britt and I perused the menu and decided to order differing biscuits and slices of pie, so we could try a variety of dishes.
When it came to beverages, a cold refreshing one was necessary for this hot and humid summer day. Britt and I both opted for the iced coffee, and I loved the assortment of milk types, simple syrups, sugars, spices, and more that Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits offered to customize your coffee. The coffee was smooth, bold, and just the way I wanted it, with a dash of cinnamon, cream, and nutmeg.
While I was snapping photos, the waitress behind the counter inquired if the photos were for fun, or if I was a professional—I quipped, “well, I’m a professional bruncher!” I then explained why we were there, and she loved the premise of the blog and vowed to check it out.
After Britt and I put together our iced coffees, we chose to sit at a long wooden, communal table with skylights directly above—perfect for lighting and photos.
After a couple minutes, our biscuits arrived looking heavenly! But to our surprise and delight, the waitress also came bearing gifts—and by gifts, I mean pie! The staff at Bang Bang were so gracious to give us three more slices of pie so we could try them all and “adequately test the menu.” Honestly, this made my day!
But not to squander our appetites, Britt and I started with our biscuits. Britt ordered the avocado biscuit, which was a heaping plate of avocado, pickled Fresno chilis, queso fresco, mole spice, and cilantro atop a biscuit. It was a beautiful dish, and she also added an egg on top to really make it feel more like a brunch dish.
Britt’s dish was delicious—the avocado was plentiful and perfectly ripe, the biscuits were fluffy and buttery. However, she was left with her mouth on fire from the fresno chilis, so if you can’t tolerate spicy food, steer clear of this biscuit option.
I chose the bacon biscuit with candied bacon, bibb lettuce, tomato, and basil aioli. I also opted for an egg, to get a little bit more protein into the dish. I loved this dish so much! I would have eaten all of it if I didn’t have five more pieces of pie to consume. It was a delicious and well-balanced dish with just the right amount of ingredients.
After our biscuits, we started digging into the grits, and the assortment of pies we were graciously presented by the Bang Bang staff.
The grits were the Not-So-Fancy grits with cheddar cheese. They were smooth, and creamy. I hadn’t really ever been a fan of grits until I became an avid bruncher. I have since come to appreciate them and these grits, in particular, were well done, and I absolutely recommend them.
While the grits were delicious, we really had been eying the pie the whole time, and were anxious to dig in.
On the tray, we had the key lime pie, chocolate pecan, chocolate chess, tart cherry, and the raspberry and apricot cobbler—knowing where to start was the hardest part!
What’s fun about Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits is that they use seasonally sourced ingredients, so the raspberry and apricot cobbler and tart cherry pie were only available in limited quantities and for a limited time. We really lucked out, since those two were by far my favorite.
The chocolate pecan and chocolate chess, with salted caramel and shortbread crust, was delicious and incredibly rich. The key lime pie was light, creamy, slightly tart, and the graham cracker crust was perfect—it was the perfect brunch.
Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits was a wonderful place to have brunch, and make our way to the beach. I wish that there was a location closer to my house in Lincoln Park so that I could frequent it more for biscuits and pie.
The Bitches say: A. While this is not your traditional brunch spot, the menu options make it possible for you to make this breakfast, brunch, or lunch. Plus, who is going to say no to pie for brunch—Answer: no one.
Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits
4947 N Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits serves brunch all day every day.