One of the best things about living in a big city is the magnitude and proximity of delicious restaurants. This week took me to Tweet, a brunch-only destination in the Uptown neighborhood. Their website states, “Our goal at Tweet is to prepare and serve, with love, the freshest, hormone-free, antibiotic-free, organic when possible: eggs, dairy, vegetables and fruit, subject to market availability.” I was already sold before even looking at a menu, of which they have two. Tweet offers a sizable gluten-free menu in addition to their regular offerings. When seated, we were offered a complimentary, rotating house pastry to start our meal. We had a delicious chocolate chip coffee cake, a delightful complement to my cup of coffee. I was craving greens, so my mom and I decided to split two of their salads. Spoiler alert: the portions are huuuuge and we easily could have shared just one. My mom ordered the Spinach Salad: a generous helping (read: mixing bowl) of fresh spinach, red onion, walnuts, dried cranberries, goat cheese, strawberries, and blackberries. Every ingredient was crunchy and fresh and the house vinaigrette is very tasty. I tried the Southwestern Cobb: organic greens with spicy grilled chicken, bacon, roasted corn, organic black beans, cilantro, avocado, red onions, cheddar cheese, and cilantro lime dressing. A testament to how giant the portions are: there was half an avocado in my salad and they serve the dressing in a miniature pitcher. My salad was also fantastic and we had enough of both to take home leftovers.
Tweet’s menu is extensive, offering tons of breakfast favorites like benedicts, pancakes, and omelets. They also serve up sandwiches and burgers, if you’re in later in the day. Tweet is open daily from 8:30 am to 3 pm. We went on a Thursday afternoon and had no problem getting a table, but it is definitely a popular spot on weekends. Plan to wait on a Saturday or Sunday and grab a drink in their sister bar, Big Chicks (right next door). Tweet is cash only and there is an ATM inside the restaurant for your convenience.
RACHEL HOOVLER & DEAN’S TEAM CHICAGO