Monday, August 24, 2015
Rate-A-Restaurant #353: Perennial Virant (Chicago)
Restaurant: Perennial Virant
Location: 1800 N Lincoln Ave. (Chicago)
Type of restaurant: New American
We stipulated: For our last day in Chicago, we decided to finally try the restaurant at our hotel (Hotel Lincoln) for brunch.
They stipulated: "Chef Paul Virant's restaurants are built upon his guiding philosophy of making the ingredients – their origin, production and quality – the full focus of his culinary approach. Embracing the Midwestern seasons and utilizing methods of preservation allow guests to always expect a menu that showcases local flavors and ingredients in abundance."
What we ordered: Housemade Doughnut ($5), Chicken sandwich ($13), Kids french toast ($4), Biscuits and gravy (gunthorp farm chicken sausage, two egg whites scrambled - $13), Housemade Sausage (two eggs cooked your way, homefries with cheese curds, toast - $13), side bacon ($6)
High point: The doughnut, and the biscuit and chicken gravy.
Low point: The boys' French toast was too burnt. We sent it back... and the replacement French toast was less burnt (see above), but still kind of burnt.
Overall impression: Brunch is a hard way to tell a restaurant's worth. Ultimately, it was spotty -- some good, some not-so-good.
Will we return: If we stay at the Hotel Lincoln again, perhaps we'll try another meal.