One of the best parts of this job is (quite literally) brunching my way through Chicago. One weekend, I may end up in Lakeview, the next West Loop—with the countless brunch options in Chicago, it’s easy to explore every neighborhood.
This weekend’s adventure happened to be in Bucktown. Bucktown has become one of my favorite neighborhoods in Chicago, and is actually the first neighborhood I brunched as a official Bitch—how time flies by!
A place I had visited this winter in Bucktown was Red Door Kitchen, and I knew then that I needed to make time to go back when it was warmer outside for brunch on the patio. From first appearances, it was lovely.
The first time I went to Red Door Kitchen was for the Super Grains dinner with Kat Pummill. All the food for dinner was delicious, and if it was any implication as to what brunch would be like like, then I was all in.
Cameron, who happens to live around the corner from Red Door Kitchen, accompanied me to brunch that Sunday. It just so happened to be Easter Sunday, and neither of us have family nearby so we decided to make it a bottomless Easter brunch date instead!
Cameron and I arrived around 1 p.m., and were hoping that most of the brunch crowd was gone. Well, we were wrong. Not only did they not have any seating inside or outside, but people had begun to camp out with their bottomless mimosa carafes—they all obviously loved the place!
Cam and I decided if we can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em! He and I sat down at the bar and decided to order the mimosas early and have them transferred to our tab once we got our table. The bottomless deal is great, $10 per person for unlimited mimosas for brunch. We definitely took advantage of the deal, and enjoyed many a mimosa that day!
After about 20 minutes of chatting at the bar, Cameron and I were led to one of the communal picnic tables outside. The outdoor spaced died down substantially since we had arrived, and there were only a couple groups left. The outdoor space is very rustic, and offers a great laid-back, community vibe—to prove my point, Cameron and I ended up making friends with the group sitting at our table with us! Then again, it’s easy to do with so many fellow Hoosiers around.
Our waiter was nice and very accommodating, offering suggestions for the menu and for our entrees. He kept the mimosas flowing, which we appreciated, but unfortunately we did wait a good length of time for our entrees. Thankfully, we had nowhere to go and nowhere to be on that Sunday Funday, so it was a passable error for me. I would like to think the wait was the result of it being such a busy holiday, and would expect should you visit Red Door any other weekend, the food timing might be better.
The menu at Red Door Kitchen is not extensive, but they certainly have enough dishes and options to make any patron happy—a nice balance of sweet and savory dishes throughout.
Cameron ended up going with the hot fried chicken. The dish arrived as a tower of deliciousness—flaky and buttery buttermilk biscuit, fried chicken, one strip of bacon, and a bourbon-bacon maple syrup drizzled atop it all.
This was INSANE. This dish has elevated the brunch game in Chicago, and if you haven’t been to Red Door Kitchen, or haven’t had this entree before, do it. I must admit, I had entree envy as Cam dug into his delicious tower. This dish will easily make our Best Bites of 2016 when it comes out in December. If that’s any inclination as to how impressed I was with it, then that should speak for itself.
I chose the Red Door burger with bacon and onion jam, and smothered in cheddar cheese and French fries on the side. While I am a big burger lover, this was a bit overcooked for my liking and the burger patty was so thick, it made it impossible to bite into.
The onion jam was interesting and a new, creative twist that I really liked. I may have also just been jealous I didn’t spot the hot fried chicken first, and felt like I had the second best entree, but I wasn’t as pleased with my burger as I wish I had been.
Red Door Kitchen is a great brunch option in Bucktown, when it’s warm enough to enjoy the outdoor patio space. The bottomless mimosa deal isn’t bad either, and if you don’t choose the hot fried chicken, you will regret it!
The Bitches say: B+. Red Door Kitchen is a great spot in Bucktown that is worth venturing to. The bottomless mimosa deal is great, as is the outdoor patio! And make sure to get the hot fried chicken.
Red Door Kitchen
2118 N Damen Ave,
Chicago IL 60622
Brunch is served every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.