Andersonville is one of my favorite Chicago neighborhoods. Quaint and chill, this community nestled near the lake is the perfect spot to relax with friends at a great restaurant. This week that’s exactly what I did enjoying a fantastic brunch at Hutch American Kitchen & Bar.
Located at 1477 W. Winnemac Avenue, Hutch American Kitchen & Bar’s layout is open and relaxed with big picture windows letting in tons of natural light, creating a welcoming atmosphere that made conversating easy. The service was on point, and my party settled on the brunch menu. Side note: Hutch serves a bottomless brunch every day of the week, so no need to wait for Sundays to get your brunch grub on. On that same note, nothing like kicking back some delicious mimosas on a late Monday morning.
Regarding the drinks, Hutch offers bottomless mimosas Monday – Friday for $18 with the purchase of an entree. This drink deal was ideal for the mood my friends and I were in, and we took advantage of the refreshing libations. The blueberry peach, blood orange, and mango mimosas were blasts of fresh deliciousness and were reordered and reordered and reordered. Yes, it was a Monday just past noon, and, yes, it was so worth it.
The brunch menu made it difficult to choose with amazing sounding offerings like smoked salmon eggs benedict, bbq chicken stone oven pizza, and the chicken tortilla soup, all making our taste buds come alive with anticipation. We settled on the aforementioned chicken tortilla soup featuring a great kick courtesy of cilantro, queso fresco and tortilla strips to kick things off. The soup was way beyond satisfactory and prepared us for what lied ahead.
I could probably spend more than a few sentences praising the Nutella dough peppers. There simply aren’t enough synonyms for amazing to do this tasty appetizer justice. Whatever you’re doing right now, stop and order these immediately. Nuff said.
Next up was the Belgian waffle topped with fresh strawberries, powdered sugar, and maple syrup. Light and fluffy as it should be, Hutch’s take on this classic breakfast dish was perfect and complimented the mimosas nicely.
My group of starving friends dined on the avocado BLT, which went beyond what we were expecting. Served on a rustic bun and topped with a fried egg and cheesy potato casserole, Hutch redefined what a BLT can be, and we are all the more lucky for it.
If Hutch American Kitchen & Bar was a movie, then the b-fast grilled cheese is the actor who comes in and steals the show. I thought I knew grilled cheese. Hutch’s proved otherwise. The scrambled egg, chorizo, and guacamole with the cheesy potato casserole is without a doubt my new standard for what a grilled cheese should offer when it comes to unbelievable taste.
We finished our meal (and steady orders of mimosas) with the carrot cake sundae made with ice cream, peanuts, and caramel. The dessert was the ideal close to a memorable and scrumptious Monday afternoon brunch.
The excellent service, incredible drinks, and dynamite dishes made it a no-brainer that Hutch American Kitchen & Bar would become our go-to spot for brunch moving forward. I can’t wait to try out their dinner menu very soon.
Hutch American Kitchen & Bar is open Monday – Thursday from 10:30 am to 9 pm, Friday 10:30 am to 10 pm, Saturday 10 am to 10 pm, and Sunday 10 am to 8:30 pm.
ERIC KAPLAN AND DEAN’S TEAM CHICAGO