When Empanada Boy and I first moved to Ravenswood, I was excited to try Over Easy, a hip-looking breakfast joint just down the street. Unfortunately, a fire at the restaurant meant its closure just a few weeks before our arrival.
Now it’s open again, so we decided to try it with our friends Short Stack and Sir Cheesealot. It was just as hip and popular as I thought it would be, although the wait was only ten minutes or so. There are long mirrors along each wall with framed pictures at each end. The decor is egg-dominated; the bar is painted yellow, and strings of faux eggs hang in the window and along one wall.
As could be expected, the menu is also quite eggy. Sir Cheesealot and I ordered the Damen Avenue Omelet with portobellos, spinach and goat cheese from the Sunday brunch menu. These came with potatoes and toast. The omelets were something of a letdown because they didn’t contain enough mushroom or goat cheese and also because they were listed at a steep $10 apiece. These omelets were worth about $7-$8 tops, and I could make a better one for $3 or less. It crossed my mind that perhaps the fire insurance and rebuilding costs were trickling down to us.
The same $10 price tag overshadowed EB’s tiramisu French toast. This dish sounded a little too decadent for my taste, but delicious, nontheless. It was indeed tastyâ€” made with two slices of thick Texas Toast and filled with almond-infused mascarpone. There was no liquor detectable, as in a normal tiramisu, but some diners probably can’t take their liquor for breakfast. Still, no matter how delicious the dish was, it was not worth $10. EB called it “underwhelming.”
Short Stack lived up to her newly endowed name and ordered “Emily’s Dream,” two pancakes filled with blackberries and topped with dots of whipped cream a ball of orange butter. The citrus in the butter made a nice complement for the sweeter berries. The pancakes were also tasty, and at a more reasonable price of $8, I might consider ordering them again.
That’s if I come back to Over Easy. It’s not that I didn’t like the restaurant. The food was fine, and the place has great decor and wonderful ambiance. But when I go out to breakfast, I want to be eating food I wouldn’t make or replicate at home. I didn’t find that to be true here. My omelets are just as good as those, and EB’s chorizo and eggs or his waffles could take Over Easy any day. Most importantly, we could get all the joy of a great breakfast without the $20 investment.
4943 N. Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625