We were supposed to meet our friend Alison for a brunch on Sunday in Chicago and Jodi booked a table at The Dearborn, a restaurant serving an interesting brunch: it is not everyday that you see a place serving bone marrow and soft scrambled eggs! It did not take me long to want to try this dish, intrigued by this unusual pairing and its description: Parmesan gratin, crusty bread, cheese eggs, fresh herb salad and chipotle sauce. First, let me get the chipotle sauce and the salad out of the way, the latter probably forgotten in the kitchen (i also forgot it was supposed to be there), and the former sitting on the side of the plate, with no clear reason for being there. The bone marrow was topped with the Parmesan gratin that counterbalanced well with its crunchiness and saltiness, the fattiness and texture of the bone marrow that was divine. Then the scrambled eggs were perfect: soft and moist like I like them. They surely know how to make them.
As a drink, while Jodi and Alison were having tea and coffee, I tried one of their juices and settled for the Spring Awakening, a mix of cucumber, celery, tarragon and lime. Refreshing, the first two ingredients were definitely predominant.
For her entree, Jodi went for the meze plate, composed of homemade grape leaves, eggplant dip, white beans hummus, tzatziki, tabouleh and fatoush salad, accompanied by grilled pita. Quite good.
While Alison went for the chorizo and goat cheese strata, made with a housemade brioche, housemade chorizo, mushrooms, fontina mornay sauce and a fried egg:
Looking around I saw some mouth watering dishes coming through like the Midwest fried chicken, but did not regret my choice for sure. I liked The Dearborn: their brunch menu is quite appetizing, not that classic, served in a nice atmosphere and with a very courteous service. I would certainly go back the next time we visit Chicago.
Enjoy (I did)!
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The Dearborn- 145 N Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL 60602