I love Chicago for some many reasons—beautiful architecture, wonderful museums, great nightlife, and above all, a fantastic food scene. As a fellow “foodie” and a brunching Bitch, I am always photographing food and uploading it to my beloved Instagram page.
My sister would argue I have posted one too many #foodporn posts, but I beg to differ. And thankfully, there are a lot of other Chicago based food-Instagrammers that feel the same way. Enter my new friend Emily of @weinanddine. We connected over Instagram and decided we had to grab brunch together within first days of talking. I have never had an online dating account, but I felt like I was about to go on a first date.
Unlike other first dates I have had, this one did not have me nervous, I didn’t get too drunk, and I want to see the person again! We began emailing and Emily quickly sent me a list of brunch places she wanted to try—this girl is on top of her food game, let me say.
We both live west in the Humboldt Park/Ukrainian Village neighborhood, so when she suggested Jam in Logan Square, I was game. I had been wanting to check Jam out for quite some time. The restaurant’s long wait times can be intimidating, but this weekend I was willing to stake it out for the sake of brunch.
Jam is a breakfast and brunch spot right in the heart of Logan Square. Repeatedly receiving a Bib Gourmand nod from Michelin year after year, Jam knows how to do brunch, and I was excited to check it out for myself.
I arrived a little earlier than my new food-loving friend, and luckily I was able to score a table for two right away in the fairly crowded restaurant. I promptly ordered a coffee and told our server to check back once my guest had arrived for some cocktail orders. The coffee was great; it is a special roast from Metropolis made just for Jam.
Emily arrived a few minutes after my coffee. After hellos and hugs, we sat down and instantly dove into conversation—only after ordering cocktails, though! She opted for the house Bloody Mary and I went for the drink du jour, something called the “Bubbles and Baby”. The “bubbles” were a fizzy pear cocktail, meant to pair with the “baby”, an apple souffle tart. It was interesting to say the least, but nonetheless delicious.
After instantly clicking, Emily and I chatted for at least ten minutes before finally glancing at the menu. And even when we did, there were so many things that sounded delicious, we were in need of some guidance. Thankfully our server Vicky was super helpful. We decided to start with a Jam staple; the malted custard French toast. She warned us that it was super rich and heavy, so we decided on a half order.
It was perfect. It came with macerated stone fruit, and then topped with a lime whipped cream and pink peppercorns. While it was heavy and filling, I most certainly could have done damage to a full order of these—they were delicious.
For entrees, Emily decided on the waffle of the day—a paprika waffle topped with crispy fried chicken thigh. I decided to go with our server’s recommendation— the omelette stuffed with Spanish chorizo.
Our entrees came out shortly after our second round of cocktails, this time mimosas. Emily’s chicken and waffles looked beautiful. The skin on the chicken looked super crispy and the waffle was cooked to perfection. It came with a small salad of some sort, and what appeared to be pickled red onions.
Emily loved her dish. She said the chicken was divine—cooked crispy and seasoned perfectly. The waffle, she noted, was almost just a regular waffle, nothing special about it, but that was OK because the chicken was what made the dish delicious. The glaze on top was a perfect sweet complement to the savory dish.
My omelette came out looking beautiful as well—the perfect size too. Often times omelettes can be really huge and cheesy and after the custard French toast, I was happy to get a perfectly portioned omelette and accompanying components. The omelette had Spanish chorizo, sauteed onions, queso tres leches and piquillo peppers. On the side was a delicious slice of grilled cornbread. I really enjoyed my omelette. The chorizo was delicious and not overpowering, and all of the ingredients worked together really well.
Jam is the jam when it comes to brunch, point blank. The food is delicious, the ambiance is fun, and the staff is friendly, and the endless coffee refills is amazing. I respect a place that focuses solely on breakfast and brunch and has the knowledge and skill to do it well. This is not your average bacon and eggs diner—these people know their food. The menu has complex dishes with powerful flavor profiles, and execute the dishes beautifully.
The Bitches say: A. Jam is an ideal spot for weekend brunch, or breakfast any day of the week. Delicious and flavorful dishes will keep you coming back again and again.
3057 West Logan Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60647
Jam serves Breakfast and Weekend Brunch from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. daily, and is closed on Wednesdays.