Per my previous post on Gather, we did indeed venture that way again on Sunday to partake in their brunch! Now, I know that seems a little out of character for me since I am not the biggest breakfast person (minus my weekday morning smoothies), but when I see Biscuits & Gravy AND Chicken & Waffles on the menu, game on! Normally, I’m a Mimosa or straight Champagne partaker when I have ventured to the rare breakfast/brunch, but since Gather is known to have a really outstanding Bloody Mary, I thought What the heck? And boy was I glad that I did! I will admit, I didn’t finish it because it was just a little too much for me personally, but boy was it one of the best Bloody Mary’s I have ever had! (The only other notable Bloody Mary that I would recommend is from The Bristol, where I also indulged in a fanastic homemade Cinnamon Roll and their Chicken n’ a Biscuit!)
When it came time to ordering, Frankie ordered the Biscuits & Gravy (with a couple sunnyside ups) and I ordered the Chicken & Waffles! Both plates were incredibly beautiful—again, Gather is solid on making their dishes almost inedible—but the smell was just the thing to shake off the last little bit of Saturday night’s sluggish haze. My chicken was incredibly crisp and juicy (not to be mistaken for greasy, which it was not), and surprisingly light! I’ve had a number of Chicken & Waffles at various restaurants in Chicago, but normally, about halfway through, I feel really full and can barely finish my plate, but the breading was almost like a tempura rather than a full-on flour/breadcrumb, so it wasn’t as filling or dense. The other thing I appreciated was that the bacon & chive belgian waffle wasn’t very heavy or overly sweet, so I got through about 3/4 of it before I got full! And then there was that little thing that put the dish over the top for me: whipped roasted garlic crème fraiche and smoked parmigiano to really highlight nutty savory notes amid the semi-sweet waffle and fried chicken! A real winner for sure!
Frankie’s Biscuits & Gravy were also really yummy (he gave me a bite and dipped it in some of the yolk from his egg, which is about as much egg as I’m trying to eat on as much of a semi-regular basis as I can), but definitely on the heavy side and not a dish that could be finished in one sitting. The pickled and crispy onions provided a really lovely note of freshness and difference in flavors and textures to help combat the richness of the dish. Overall, the brunch was quite delicious and might be one I’ll repeat again in the future when I’m craving chicken and waffles again! YUM! —Cooking Maggie
Gather: 4539 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625
The Bristol: 2152 N. Damen Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647