By Summar Ghias
I’ve been hearing about Orange for a while now from some east coast friends, but had never made it out to the contemporary brunch spot on any visits home these past couple of years. Now that home (i.e. Chicago) is actually my place of residence, it was time to give it a shot.
My cousins and I decided to go to the River North location, but there are five in all dotted around the city (Shy had previously gone to the Orange on Grand Ave. if you remember). The restaurant supports locally grown organic products and the eggs on the creative menu are free range. Perhaps most notable about Orange, though, is the pancake flight, which changes weekly and consists of four flavors of mini pancakes. This week’s theme: citrus.
We decided to order two sweet and two savory dishes: the citrus pancake flight, the chai French toast, the Tijuana benedict, and an omelet with asparagus, forest mushrooms and jack cheese. And although I’m not usually one to mix fruit with my caffeine, I got the special orange roasted coffee to pay homage to the restaurant’s name.
I think it’s accurate to say we finished our food in ten minutes flat. The Tijuana benedict was a souped-up version with poached eggs, white bean puree, fresh pico de gallo, and chipotle hollandaise sauce. It was the favorite of our meal. Our citrus pancake flight certainly wasn’t lacking flavor with unusual combinations like lavender orange, tarragon lime and basil grapefruit. And the chai French toast was the perfect dessert-like cap, stuffed with ricotta cheese, served over a chai latte reduction and topped with honey and caramelized apples. Drooling yet?
My least favorite item was our omelet with asparagus and forest mushrooms. But that may be because along side the other dishes, it paled in comparison.
I’ll be going back to try their uniquely fruity take on sushi (dubbed frushi,) and already noted a bunch of other items that sound equally yummy. Will keep you posted if round 2 is as delectable as the first!
Orange Contemporary Brunch
738 N. Clark St
nr. W. Chicago Ave.
River North, Chicago