by Catherine Zhang
Natalie and I had read great things about Wildberry Pancakes and Cafe in downtown Chicago, so we went on a food adventure this past Tuesday.
We arrived at Wildberry a little after noon, and waited just 10 minutes for a table for 2, which is fortunate. I know of people who have had to wait over an hour for a brunch spot on the weekends.
Because Wildberry only serves brunch, their doors close at 2:30 p.m. every day. However, every patron has to wait his or her turn for a taste of what this place has to offer, because this place doesn’t allow reservations. I can’t imagine how long people wait on the weekends…
The menu offers twists on classic brunch items, both sweet and savory, from breakfast burritos to omelettes to French toast to waffles.
It also has something for kids and seniors, and their extensive drink selection offers smoothies, lemonades, espresso drinks, mocha drinks, and more!
Next time, we’ll be back to test the lunch items like salads and sandwiches, but since this place was voted best pancakes in Chicago, we just had to try them out.
Shortly after we were seated, our waiter brought out a plate of assorted sauces: cream cheese, warm syrup, ketchup, and a delicious strawberry jam.
Even though the restaurant was very near capacity (~100), the wait time was barely 10 minutes.
The “Signature Berry Bliss” pancakes ($10.95) were stacked 4 or 5 high, drizzled generously with a vanilla Anglais sauce and blackberry coulis. A scattering of fresh strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries helped cut through the richness of the pancakes, and a delightfully sweet light pink berry mascarpone was slathered generously between each pancake, tying the whole dish together.
Our Venetian Sizzlin’ Skillet ($10.45) came with a generous portion of hash browns, which were topped with a double blend of cheeses, two eggs cooked to our liking (we ordered sunny-side up), Italian sausage crumble, bell peppers, onions and tomatoes. Though the dish was above average, I think that if some sort of delicious sauce had helped to tie it together, it would have been exceptional.