I have been to a lot of pizza brunches as of late—why not have my favorite food during my favorite weekend meal?
When a group of my friends from improv class were getting together to cheer on a friend running the Chicago Marathon, I thought it would be a great opportunity to spend the day brunching and laughing with some of my favorite people. I was running late that morning, so I ended up missing the marathon portion, but met up with the group later for brunch.
As the professional bruncher in the group, I made the executive decision to have us go to a pizza brunch at Parlor Pizza in West Loop. Plus, carb loading is what everyone does after the big race, right? I arrived at Parlor around 10:45 a.m. and there were already a few people enjoying the beautiful patio.
Parlor Pizza has two locations, one in the West Loop and one in Wicker Park. Both locations are beautiful; they are expansive and open restaurants that have a industrial distressed/aged look. There are large patios at both locations, but the West Loop location boasts a rooftop—meaning this brunch just got better. A unanimous vote got us a table atop the beautiful rooftop, equipped with a ping pong table, several large high top tables, and a small bar—it was turning out to be a picture perfect Sunday.
Andrea, Daniela, Sean, Citlali and I were seated at a high-top table on the rooftop. Our table was partially shielded by a retractable awning and on particularly hot days, the tables with awnings would be prime real estate. This Sunday however, was a bit breezy and slightly brisk on the rooftop, therefore making the seats with sunshine the coveted spots.
I knew before arriving that I was going to take advantage of the renowned Bloody bar. I had heard that the Bloody Mary bar at Parlor was impressive, so I wanted to make sure I did my due diligence and try it for myself. When our waitress came around, Andrea, Citlali and I ordered a Bloody Marys, while Sean and Daniela stuck to water and coffee—Note: they envied our Bloodys when we came back!
Citlali, Andrea, and I patiently waited for the arrival of our mugs with our selected vodka to then make our way down to the Bloody bar. I’m serious when I saw my mouth dropped when I saw this Bloody Bar in all its glory—it did not disappoint. The bar was stocked with cured meats, pickles, stuffed olives, vegetables, and so many other fixings that I would find something new with every step. It was so impressive and well-stocked with heaps of ingredients and staff constantly attending to the ingredients.
I really enjoyed the Bloody Mary, as did Andrea and Citlali. In reality, how could you not, when you have bacon, peppers, cheese, celery, pickles, and more shoved into your mug? The Bloody mix and texture was also ideal, and certainly left me impressed. To be frank, I put so many different items in my mug, that I shouldn’t have ordered a pizza—I had enough food from that Bloody Mary to be a meal.
While I had my Bloody to sip on, Daniela and I each ordered a cup of coffee. The coffee was a standard cup of coffee—not too bold, or bitter, just right—and came with a variety of sugars and creamers. It was nice to be able to have my coffee and Bloody to switch between during brunch.
The five of us chatted about class and our upcoming film projects. When our stomachs started to growl, we knew it was time to order pizzas!
Sean ordered the Sgt. Pepper; a fun name for a pepperoni pizza. The pizza came with tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, and truffle oil. Sean, being a skeptic of truffle oil, asked for it on the side. He enjoyed his pizza, and remarked that the crust was the best part.
Andrea ordered the eggs Benedict pizza with Canadian ham, three eggs, and lemon Hollandaise sauce. It was a delicious looking pizza. I have always enjoyed eggs on pizza, especially when the eggs are well cooked with a runny yolk. These eggs were perfectly cooked, and the amount of ingredients on the pizza was well-balanced. The wood-burning ovens Parlor uses certainly help create the perfectly-cooked crusts.
Citlali honed in on the margarita pizza immediately and didn’t regret it! The pizza was topped with the standard basil, red tomato sauce, and fresh mozzarella. Citlali said that all the flavors complimented one another well, and perhaps she wished she had tried the pizza with the spicy sauce option. Nonetheless, the pizza was delicious—but then again, how can a margarita pizza not be delicious?
I ordered the #BLT #OMG #LOL #WTF pizza—I’m not going to pretend that the hashtags didn’t have anything to do with my decision; what can I say? Anything for the social! However, I did regret ordering this pizza once it arrived at my table.
The pizza looked like a salad with heirloom tomatoes, garlic, bacon, mozzarella, and seasoned Parlor mayo with a heaping topping of romaine lettuce. I like to keep my salads and pizzas separate. The romaine on top was simply too much, and I felt like I was just repeatedly saying “WTF?” so I guess that hashtag in the titled worked. I also think the Parlor mayo was also particularly offensive, and left this pizza soggy.
When it comes to Neapolitan style pizzas, I have certainly had better. Parlor Pizza is a great place to go and watch a game, have a Bloody Mary, and maybe a traditional style of pizza. Though when it comes to the creative, unique ones, tread lightly and don’t fall into the #hashtag trap.
The Bitches say: B-. While I wouldn’t recommend my hashtag-crazy pizza, the other pizzas were delicious, and the Bloody Mary Bar is out of this world! Definitely take some time to go there, even just for the Bloody Bar—completely worth it!
Parlor Pizza – West Loop
108 N Green St.
Chicago, Illinois 60607
Parlor Pizza serves brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.