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.
|Venue name:||Batter and Berries|
2748 N Lincoln Ave
|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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Average User Rating
4.8 / 5
- 5 star:4
- 4 star:1
- 3 star:0
- 2 star:0
- 1 star:0
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.
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!
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.