South Water Kitchen
Blood Orange Mimosa
South Water Kitchen fits the bill if you’re on the hunt for a spot near Millennium Park or Michigan Avenue that’s capable of handling large groups, takes reservations and isn’t outrageously expensive. There’s no line-of-sight for tourists or neighborhood crowds, so you won’t be rushed through a meal.
On the breakfast side of the menu, I prefer the sweeter items like the waffles or French toast. South Water Kitchen makes a delicious yogurt, which you can get as a mini parfait add-on to your meal for $3. They load it up with granola and berries which only makes it more awesome. Savory sandwiches are about the volume and sweet potato fries. The turkey burger, crawfish po’ boy, chicken club, and cubano sandwiches don’t stray from a middle-of-the-road interpretation, but are satisfying and filling.
If they have it in season, get the blood orange mimosas. They’re made with a pinot noir that soaks into thin apple slices and makes everything kind of wonderful and really strong. The regular orange juice mimosas aren’t bad, but there’s a decent specialty drink menu to tempt you to linger a while, too.
Service is a little unpolished at South Water Kitchen. I had to ask for more coffee, which I consider a sin at brunch, and the distribution of silverware and condiments could have been foreseen and planned for especially since they weren’t overrun with customers. However, they put some effort into placing our group so we could have a birthday celebration and were thoughtful enough to bring out drink samples and a candle-topped dessert.
If you go all-out, you can expect to pay about $30-$35 per person though it’s possible to go considerably cheaper here. South Water Kitchen isn’t worth a particular trip downtown on the weekend, but it’s not a bad place to stop if you’re on your way to the nearby attractions and don’t want to deal with crowds.
South Water Kitchen
225 N Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60601
Brunch is served Saturday & Sunday between 7:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.