In Chicago, you’ll notice that Lincoln Park is home to a a very diversified crowd. There are tree lined streets filled with single family million dollar homes, there’s the college campus of DePaul, there are families with little ones everywhere, and if you don’t have a baby, you definitely have a dog.
In need of a quiet morning, which is a hard-to-meet requirement near our River North apartment, we ventured north to walk the tranquil, tree lined streets of Lincoln Park.
On a charming street corner, we stumbled upon Trellis. It was about 11:30 a.m. when we walked in, and the place was just about empty. Brunching in Lincoln Park is what people do on the weekends, so this was a rare site to see. The waitress asked if we had a reservation, to which we said no, and proceeded to seat us directly next to the only other party in the restaurant. There were more than 30 seats open, and you have to seat us right next to the other group? Kind of annoying.
The restaurant had a musty beer smell, as if it had just closed down a few hours ago. While I truly loved my hungover college waste-of-space Sundays in Champaign-Urbana, I do have higher expectations for my Sunday brunches in Chicago…even when/if a hangover is involved.
We thought of just walking out, but decided to stick around and give it try. I’ve been to plenty of dive bars and hole-in-the-wall establishments that serve killer food, so my hope was that maybe, just maybe, this was one of them.
The menu consisted of the standard brunch go-to’s; all options being very reasonable. We started off with coffee, which was hot and fresh.
I happen to be a huge fan of yogurt and granola parfaits. Some people think it’s silly to order these while dining out, when you could just throw some Dannon or Yoplait in a bowl and cover it with Milk & Honey Granola. I’m a sucker for house-made granola and fresh honey. After eyeing the house-made pistachio-cherry granola bars, served with Greek yogurt and berries, my mind was made up.
The granola bars, while large and dense, weren’t very flavorful. They had a dry consistency that left me comparing to them all other granolas that came before. The yogurt and honey were creamy and light, as expected.
We also ordered the two eggs any style. As you can see, we went for the breakfast classics, under the assumption that Trellis couldn’t screw up a few go-to brunch items. The eggs were a little on the greasy side, while the chicken sausage was full of flavor.
As we were getting ready to leave, a few people stumbled in. After (barely) finishing our entrees, in a rush to get outside and enjoy the crisp fresh air, we thought to ourselves, I don’t think we’ll be coming back here anytime soon.
The Bitches Say: C- Trellis is located in a prime Lincoln Park location, however, their menu and service team should be reevaluated.
2426 N Racine Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
Trellis is open for brunch on Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and on Sundays from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.