Restaurant Review – Batter & Berries

Batter & Berries in Lincoln Park was founded by Dr. Tanya & Craig Richardson in 2012 as an eclectic breakfast, lunch and brunch restaurant, providing a world-class dining experience like no other brunch/lunch menu. It’s a bright cafe with creative pancakes, omelets and other delectable breakfast fare, plus sandwiches and unusual lunch fare selections.

Several online reviewers were rapturous about their World Famous French Toast Flight, which combines four signature flavors of batter-dipped Brioche. They also specialize in hand-shredded B&B Cheese- Crusted Hash Browns, house-made B&B Maple Chicken & Apple and B&B Spicy Pork sausage.

Each week, Batter & Berries special French Toast changes, while some toasts are repeats. Other Chef Specials are created to highlight seasonal, cultural or other preparations.

One Google reviewer chimed in, “The French toast lives up to its reputation. I got a Super Flight, which includes the French Toast flavor of the week. This week’s flavor was cookie butter. It was delicious. Definitely don’t skip a side of cheese-crusted hash browns, as they were the most amazing thing I’ve put in my mouth. Fast service. Expect to wait or put your name on the list online. It is worth the wait.”

Another said, “The French toast is really that good. The staff is amazing and in such good spirits! The service is good. The food delicious.”

Currently, Batter & Berries is featuring Snickers French Toast, with a Snickers-infused batter and topped with Snickers pieces, caramel and chocolate sauces. With a nod to autumnal wonder, try the Apple Cider Donut French Toast, infused with spiced Cider, and topped with Cider donut pieces and spiced cider cream.

As great as the French Toast selections are, there’s an entire menu that features unique lunch and brunch items, including the ‘Movin’ on Up’ Executive- ribeye steak, grilled onions, mushrooms, and Cabernet sauce, two eggs, and their special hash browns. Or a ‘Cluck ‘n Gautre, a sweet potato waffle stuffed with fried chicken, topped with a buttermilk herb-fried chicken breast and spicy nutmeg sauce.  

Lunch items are equally creative, offering a La Colombe Brisket Hash, with Louisiana Brisket, caramelized onions, cheddar-crusted hash browns, fried egg, and Ancho coffee sauce. Or, try a Cider Pulled Pork Sandwich with Cider BBQ sauce, and pickle chips on a pretzel roll. Vegetarian options include the Bella Hash, made with Portobello mushroom, zucchini, yellow squash, and red onions, over a brown sugar and sage sweet potato, with maple Dijon sauce.

Weekend brunches are special, too. Selections, based on market offerings, include a Lobster Executive, Peach Porter Braised Short Ribs, Peppered Shrimp Omelets, and Creole Salmon Benny (Eggs Benedict).

Batter & Berries is located at 2748 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago. The restaurant is open Friday-Monday, 8am-3pm, and Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9am-2pm. They are open for dine-in with limited seating, carryout and delivery, per the current restaurant restrictions in Chicago. Reservations are highly recommended and are made online via their website. For more information, click here

Alison Moran and Dean’s Team Chicago