When it’s your gal pal’s 30th birthday, you plan a group brunch. Even in sub zero temperatures.
So brunch we did at Feast in Bucktown. If you frequent the Bucktown neighborhood, then you’ve probably walked by Feast a few times strolling along Damen Avenue. The blocks surrounding the restaurant have turned into quite the shopping destination, hosting high-end retail shops alongside eclectic local storefronts.
Since this was going to be a large group, this Bitch thought ahead and tried to make a reservation. Alas, Feast doesn’t take brunch reservations, but promised they could accommodate a large party quickly. To my surprise, the restaurant was huge and the staff was amazingly organized, so we got a table almost immediately.
Stepping into Feast, we were greeted with a cozy fireplace, modest bar, and bright red walls filled with local art. The warm, casual atmosphere is perfect for a cold Chicago morning. We squished all eight of our puffy coats into a table next to the front window, perfect for people watching, and for capturing Instagram-worthy food porn, of course.
Every Bitch loves a good mimosa, but I often tire of the same ‘ole brunch drink menu. We were pleasantly surprised with the variety of brunch cocktails at Feast. Dreaming of summer, Alison ordered the Pamplemousse cocktail—and the vodka and tart grapefruit juice hit the spot. Becca also ordered a fruity cocktail, titled “fresh squeezed”; it was a delightful mix of vodka, lemonade, strawberry puree, and basil.
I enjoyed a Pimm’s cup filled with ginger beer and fresh mint, while others at the table stuck with the tried-and-true bloody Mary, which was exceptionally good.
After we liquored up, we were ready for the main event. The brunch menu at Feast is huge–boasting starters, traditional brunch dishes, sandwiches, salads, and a special place reserved for eggs Bennys.
The birthday girl did the opposite of what most people would do on their birthday, she ordered something healthy. Becca opted for the grilled seasonal vegetable sandwich. In between to slices of ciabatta bread sat layers of pickled carrot, zucchini, roasted red peppers, eggplant, and fresh mozzarella. This thing was piled high with veggies! She enjoyed it, but was expecting the sandwich to be warm, so the cold vegetables threw her tastebuds off.
Alison enjoyed the breakfast croissant filled with a large scrambled egg, which she noted was nicely seasoned. Atop lay a generous portion of prosciutto, thick roasted tomatoes, and fresh mozzarella. Alison especially loved the croissant, noting how flakey and buttery it was. She opted for a bowl of colorful fruit instead of breakfast potatoes.
Leave it to a few hungover boys to order breakfast burritos. The flour tortilla was packed full of scrambled eggs, Pepper Jack cheese, refried beans, guacamole, and sour cream. Served with crispy, breakfast potato balls, this Mexican delight hit the spot and left them full for hours after.
True to my tastebuds, I enjoyed the “Eggs Royale,” a.k.a. a smoked salmon Benedict. Topped with creamy Hollandaise and a huge portion of caviar, I was in heaven. I ate so much of it, I could barely finish my breakfast potatoes. I’d order this Benny again, for sure.
Last but not least, a cake for the birthday girl. We surprised her with a flourless chocolate cake with raspberry topping from Goddess and The Baker. Words cannot describe how good this cake was. The rich, creamy chocolate tasted like a thick pudding–it actually melted in your mouth. The cake’s topping was a very light raspberry glaze that didn’t overpower the chocolate in any way.
Thanks to Feast and Goddess and The Baker, we successfully rang in Becca’s 30th birthday. I’d recommend Feast for a larger group that loves a good brunch cocktail, we certainly do.
The Bitches Say: A. Feast is a casual Bucktown spot that wins at brunch cocktails and offers a wide variety of menu items that will please everyone in your group.
1616 N Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
Feast serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.