Batter and Berries

Restaurants, American Lincoln Park
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Batter & Berries

Chef Derek Rylon tries to make the breakfast food at this simple, welcoming spot so flavorful you don’t need syrup. So he accompanies the French-toast flight (thin, eggy slices topped with the likes of caramel sauce and lemon zest) with a housemade maple butter you’ll want to spread on everything. And he created a dish called a “Cluk-N-Gaufre,” in which he stuffs pulled chicken into a cakey sweet-potato waffle and throws a fried chicken breast on top, dredged in vinegary hot sauce. Apparently Rylon also wants his restaurant to be so entertaining that you don’t have to bother with your own conversation: Servers occasionally interject with unprompted riddles.

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Venue name: Batter and Berries
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Address: 2748 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago

Cross street: between Schubert Ave and Diversey Pkwy
Opening hours: Breakfast, lunch
Transport: El stop: Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Diversey. Bus: 11, 76.
Price: Average main course: $10
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Avatar for Heather P.
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They had me at chicken and waffles! In my opinion, there is truly a desperate need for chicken and waffles on the North Side. Thanks to Batter & Berries, I no longer have to venture far from my very own hood to get a taste of the goods. The description led me to believe it was a sweet potatoe waffle stuffed with chicken. I'm not sure if the waffle batter was sweet potatoe or if just the butter was somehow sweet potatoe flavored. Doesn't matter - all you need to know, it was scrumptious! The waffle actually had been stuffed with chicken!!!!

My sister had a deconstructed spinach and mushroom omelet and it was excellent! My husband had the steak and eggs and he was disappointed with the fact that his steak was overcooked, but it was minor, I would have been cool with it.

For one, the kitchen is very open. Some people might like that, I personally don't. I prefer to live in ignorant bliss; where I do not necessarily need to see where my food comes from or how it got there - just so long as it tastes good, I don't need to be bothered with the details. Apparently orders are taken on ipad touches; but at first we thought he was just texting rather than taking our order. He also told us our son was cute - ahem, my daughter was wearing a dress and when I corrected him he said he doesn't pay attention to those things. Okay....didn't effect our experience, just an example of his rough exterior.

They were able to accomodate 5 adults and 2 high chairs in a matter of minutes without a hassle - perfect! A nice touch having the owner and chef come around to the tables. Bravo, Batter and Berries! We'll see you again before too long!

Avatar for Kara G

Whenever I'm craving some sweet food I come here. I absolutely love this place and they definitely make the best french toast in the city! While the restaurant is small, which leads to obscene wait times, the food is worth it. I'd recommend going on their #nowaittuesday, or any other weekday if you're trying to avoid lines. 

Avatar for Carrie G
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SO GLAD I finally checked this place out (on a weekday no less so there wasn’t a line)! I ordered the Kluk-N-Gaufre (sweet potato waffle infused with chicken and nutmeg with a piece of chicken on top covered with hot sauce) - I’m happy to have gone with the highly recommended dish! It was great (no need to add anything including syrup) and I still have half of it leftover for tomorrow morning.

I loved that the wait staff used an iPad to show pictures of featured / special dishes. It added such a nice touch to be able to visualize what was being described and definitely contributed to my partner ordering the crab omelette (which was also delicious). I can’t wait to go back and try more from the menu! Although I’ll probably stick to weekdays if I can to avoid the crowds.

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Avatar for Leila E

The only place that can get me out of bed before 7:30am on a weekend. 🙌🏿 I love the food, staff and commitment to diversity. Love this place - get the caramel French toast. Super dope!

Avatar for IStayWoke22

There are so many things that I could say about this jewel of a restaurant; some good, and some bad.  For the sake of supporting a restaurant with such delicious food, I'll fare on the good commentary and leave the bad commentary for the end of this review.


First off, the food is absolutely phenomenal. The french toast comes in an array of flavors (Top Flight french toast is HIGHLY recommended, as it offers the consumer 3 varieties of the flavors offered at B&B), the omelettes are to die for, and the BYOB option is also a plus while dining here. The weekly specialty menu is also a plus, as it deviates a bit from the original menu and offers the consumer a more intricate list of food one can partake in. While the wait is always a bit long (on a light day, it's at least a half hour), the food is definitely worth the wait.


I will say this, and stand on it as a consumer and a supporter of black-owned businesses: an expansion is DEFINITELY needed, and in the worst way. One of the primary reasons for the, oftentimes, extraordinary wait is because of the size of the restaurant itself. There's nothing wrong with a wait at a popular restaurant; with food as delicious as the food prepared at Batters and Berries, one would be willing to sacrifice their time for their food. As a business, however, it would greatly benefit them if they either expanded their current restaurant or expanded to an additional location period......I highly, and humbly, recommend the latter..........it's DESPERATELY needed.


Otherwise: this restaurant, for the food alone, get's a high five from me. For the experience itself, I'm going with a 4 overall.