Every time I go past the new restaurant Eatt, the name invokes an “eat at Joe’s” mentality somewhere in the recesses of my psyche, and I find myself craving classic diner food, like club sandwiches, stale coffee, and cherry pie. In search of somewhere new to try, Jane and I ducked out of the icy blast recently to sample the dinner menu there, in the hopes that we’d find some relief from the cold in the form of good old fashioned comfort food. Comfort food, after all, is hard to get wrong, right?
You’d think. But Eatt’s comfort food is no comfort at all. It’s not that it’s bad per se – it is ultimately eatable — it’s just not very good. We tried the classics – a prime rib sandwich and roasted chicken with mashed potatoes – and both were merely passable – bland, characterless versions of home-style faves. In desperation we turned to the specials that seemed kind of fancy – tomato cream soup and truffle tater tots – and the soup was certainly the better of the two but neither were wow worthy.
By the time dessert rolled around, it was hard to muster any enthusiasm for it, but Jane insisted that we give it a go. That’s when our waitress came back to tell us they were out of what we wanted.
The best thing about Eatt is the atmosphere. I liked the look of its cherry red booths lining the perimeter of the dining room and the functionality of having all of the standard two and four tops in the center of the room. The place is cheery, inviting, and well-lit. The staff is also very accommodating… maybe to a fault. We ordered hot chocolate, and they didn’t have the right ingredients to make it, but they tried. Still, I enjoyed having the chance to linger in a booth while it snowed, sipping coffee and chatting the night away. That redeemed the entire evening, and eating had nothing to do with it.
6 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60654
Neighborhood: Near North Side