Recently, Public House, a restaurant and bar located in River North and part of the Dine Amic Group (think Siena Tavern and Bull & Bear), invited members of Chicago Food Bloggers to attend a relaunch of its weekend brunch. Over thirty food bloggers from around Chicago attended, in order to network and, of course, try the food! Brunch at Public House is not for those with small, or healthy for that matter, appetites. Luckily, Public House prepared tasting portions of each dish for us, so that were able to try all of the offerings.
Luckily, I am currently training for a half marathon, so I allowed myself all of the goodies, including the naughty fried and sugar-laden ones. And boy, am I glad that I did, as those were my favorites! The sticky cinnamon bun is a sweet-tooth lover’s dream come true! Seriously the best cinnamon bun that I have ever tasted. It was gooey, moist, and covered in deliciousness. It literally just melted in my mouth. Given the size of the full portion, though, it may be wise to share this bad boy with a few friends.
A close second was actually the healthiest of the offerings: the parfait pint, filled with granola, greek yogurt and fresh berries. Much like my daily breakfast, this parfait was refreshing, light, and delicious.
Returning to the artery-clogging offerings, the doughnut fried french toast was a bit heavy for my taste, but still delicious, with cream cheese glaze, seasonal market jam, and fresh fruit. Once again, this dish is best for sharing.
I also liked the crab cake benedict – jumbo lump crab cakes, served with a side of garlic spinach, poached eggs, and hollandaise. I thought the crab cake had a nice crab-to-bread ratio, and the addition of the poached egg on top made the flavors blend together nicely.
While I did not personally try the chicken and waffles, I heard mixed reviews from the crowd. Some really liked the flavor of the breading on the chicken, while others would have preferred the chicken to be boneless. Still, the carmelized waffles served beneath the waffles, along with the hot sauce and maple syrup, were winners.
Executive Chef Jeremy Tannehill also offered assorted breakfast sandwiches. I tried the vegetarian version, with scrambled eggs, american cheese, arugula, tomatoes, and shaved red onion, served between a toasted sourdough boulet. While the sandwich looked great, it had a sweet flavor, possibly from the tomatoes or red onion, that I did not care for. I picked out the eggs, which were great!
Overall, I was quite impressed by the brunch offerings at Public House. While heavy on the sweets, some lighter and more savory offerings are also offered.
Special thanks for Public House and Chicago Food Bloggers for the opportunity to attend, try the dishes, and meet fellow foodies. While the food that I tried was gratis, as with all Chritiques, my opinions are my own unbiased views.
Brunch at Public House is served Saturday and Sunday, 10 am – 3 pm.
400 North State Street, Chicago,