Don’t Eat at Eatt – The Extra ‘T’ Won’t Help

Tatter tots

The truffle tater tots were average.

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.

Tomato Soup

The tomato soup was rich and creamy.

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.

Chicken

The chicken dinner may be enough for an army, but it didn't taste very good.

Eatt
6 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60654
Neighborhood: Near North Side
(312) 494-3288

  1. eclecticthinker left a comment on December 28, 2010 at 1:15 pm

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  2. onesisterinc left a comment on December 28, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    @ChicagoBites oh darn, I have a business lunch at eatt today. Was.excited but now not so sure.

  3. ChicagoBites left a comment on December 28, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    @onesisterinc Please let me know if you have a different experience. Would like to hear regardless. But yeah. Wasn’t very impressed.

  4. onesisterinc left a comment on December 28, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    @ChicagoBites I had the rueben, little dry, over buttered to compensate but flavor was nice. Truffle taters-where was the truffle, not sure.

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