I’m a big fan of Billy Dec, Kevin Hickey, and the team over at at Rockit Ranch. I’ve not only danced on a few couches at The Underground (Hey! I hosted my bachelorette party there, give me a break), but I have also enjoyed many meals at several of their other fantastic venues, like The Duck Inn (brunch review to come soon) and Sunda.
So when our D.C. Marketing Bitch Shruti was in town St. Patrick’s Day weekend, and we needed a brunch spot, I was excited when everyone was on board with my suggestion of Rockit Bar and Grill. Rockit has an “Acoustic Brunch” that gets rave reviews, not to mention a build-your-own-Bloody bar; I have been wanting to brunch here for some time.
St. Patrick’s Day weekend gets crazy here in Chicago, so I knew we needed a chill brunch spot to keep the party going—Rockit was the perfect spot I realized from the moment I walked in. A gentlemen was playing soft acoustic compilations of the best hits—I was dancing immediately.
I was the last to arrive to the party, Shruti and Allison were already sitting and chatting with fresh cups of coffee. It is almost a miracle that we all made it after a previous day of non-stop drinking and celebrating St. Patrick’s Day to the fullest, but that’s why we Bitches are the best at brunching! Funny enough, Shruti had been there the night before with some girlfriends. She was pleasantly surprised to find a different atmosphere come sunrise.
We were all so excited to be reunited and had lots of catching up to do since the last time we were all together was in October for our annual Bitches Retreat in D.C.. Nonetheless, in true Bitch fashion, we were ready to order cocktails. Shruti already had her eye on the mimosa kit; tableside bottle service with an array of mixers and berries to compliment your glass of champs. We all agreed that was a good call.
The restaurant must have been really busy, because it took about 15 minutes for our drinks to arrive. Our apologetic waitress was sure to keep us informed though, and it gave us time to decide on menu options. Needless to say, the plethora of comfort food brunch options all sounded appetizing. We were craving something salty to start with so we choose a sharing plate of the truffle fries.
The fries come out shortly after our mimosas and were really yummy. Perfectly sweet and salty, with a delicious and warm truffle oil drizzled on top of them—they were gone pretty fast.
For entrees, both Allison and I opted for brunch items, while Shruti was craving a savory lunch dish. Allison decided on the strawberry shortcake waffle, no surprise there. Allison loves sweet brunch items, and the moment I saw that on the menu I knew she would order it. I am always happy with that, because then I can decide on my normal savory brunch dish, and we can exchange bites. Win, win!
I decided to go with the breakfast sandwich, topped with a house-made chicken sausage patty, scrambled egg whites, spinach, tomato aioli, gruyère cheese, on a wheat English muffin. Shruti, who is vegetarian, chose something we all thought sounded amazing, the chickpea burger with feta cheese, tomatoes, and sprouts.
Presentation-wise, when the dishes arrived, mine was the least appetizing looking, though the overflowing melted cheese got me excited. Allison’s waffles came out bright and beautiful looking, as well as Shruti’s colorful plate with her burger, topped with greens and tomatoes. Thankfully, I never judge a book by its cover and dove right in.
My sandwich was good! I always forget that I am not a huge fan of chicken sausage, so I can’t fault the restaurant for that. It is a “healthier” option so it wasn’t super packed with flavor, but I enjoyed it and also felt good about choosing it as my entree; maybe I was in the running for healthiest dish at the table? I’m not positive but I lied and told myself that anyways. It was basically like an egg white scramble on an English muffin.
Allison enjoyed her waffles, they were sweet, light, and fluffy. I had a bite and they were really yummy, not too sweet and they didn’t need syrup.
Shruti’s burger might have been the winner, although it was quite the task for her to get past the sprouts on top, they were a lot to handle. She had to cut them in half in order to eat them. But they looked beautiful on the burger. Her burger came with a spicy aioli that was packed with flavor.
It was a lot of food for the three of us! I don’t think any one of us completely finished our meals though we were picking at each other’s plates until our meal was finished. Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed brunch at Rockit. It was fun, had a great vibe, and great food, not to mention the acoustic music was fantastic. We opted for a bottle of champagne this time, but I will be back again soon to check out the bloody bar.
The Bitches Say: B+. Rockit has a great brunch that is delicious, and perfect for a party brunch with friends. Come for the music, fun atmosphere, and soulful Southern comfort inspired breakfast items, or the mimosa kit—your choice!
Rockit Bar and Grill
22 W. Hubbard St.
Chicago, IL 60654
Rockit Serves weekend brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.