By Summar Ghias
I had long been intrigued by the farm-to-table Logan Square tavern Longman & Eagle for its triple threat status as buzzed-about restaurant, bar and inn. After several failed attempts at eating a meal there (on account of their ‘no reservation’ policy and my frequently impatient stomach), I was finally able to give the place a try for brunch. It was my first time eating the down-South specialty known as “Chicken and Waffles” and I have to say I wasn’t disappointed.
Chicken and Waffles: Fried Chicken, Waffles, Sweet Potato Hash (sans the normal Pork Belly), and Maple Syrup
Longman and Eagle’s version of soul food is incredibly flavorful: the herb crusted fried chicken and fluffy waffles come with a yummy sweet potato hash (we got the no pork version). Combined with maple syrup, it’s a conveniently sweet but savory dish for the indecisive brunch-goer. We ate it all together – chicken, waffle and syrup in each bite – which I was later told says a lot about you. What, exactly? I go big or go home. Obviously.
A less exciting Cinnamon Spiced Brioche French Toast with Citrus Butter and Praline Pecans.
We also got the cinnamon spiced brioche French toast, which sadly was a bit on the lackluster side in comparison. Though I haven’t yet had anything on their dinner menu, I was able to indulge in several of the dessert selections on a separate occasion. My group of friends and I devoured our plate before I could even take a picture (sorry guys, this Flickr photo below will have to do), a testament to just how amazing the warm gruyere donuts with fig jam, hazelnut mascarpone and wild flower honey were.
Warm Gruyere Donuts Photo source: Flickr
Our other desserts of choice– the dark chocolate crispy fernet pave with malt gelato and caramel pudding and the chocolate and currant trifle with lemon and Bangladeshi bay leaf shortbread – were chock full of interesting flavors, but a smidge less successful than the donuts.
The vibe at L&E is totally charming, too – the dark woods and rustic shabby chic furniture make for the perfect ambiance to warm your stomachs. And, if you actually do get seated for a meal and are thereby suffering from food coma afterwards, L&E conveniently serves as a boutique inn as well. Eat. Drink. Sleep? I’m in.
Meal: Brunch and dessert
(Out of three stars)
Would I go back?: Yes — most definitely!
Longman & Eagle
2657 North Kedzie Avenue,
nr. W. Schubert Ave.,
Chicago, Illinois 60647
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