Open since 2004, Prairie Grass Cafe, located in north suburban Northbrook, is an award-winning gem of a restaurant. While the atmosphere at Prairie Grass Cafe is casual and family friendly, the food being turned out of the kitchen is elevated and worthy of praise. Chefs Sarah Stegner and George Bumbaris were both acclaimed chefs at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Chicago when they decided to embark on their own project. Their training and devotion to using seasonal products, which is locally grown when possible, shines through in every dish that is served.
My sister and I recently had a lovely brunch at Prairie Grass Cafe. It was the first time that either of us had dined there, and it certainly was not the last. We were seated at a comfortable booth along a wall of windows, overlooking the open and warm Frank Lloyd Wright-esque dining room. The high ceilings and dark wood paneling evoked a lodge-type feel, which was perfect for a chilly fall day.
Our helpful and extremely friendly server guided us through the menu and made excellent recommendations. After debating between a number of delicious-sounding options, I elected to go with the Egg White Omelet, prepared with mushrooms, tomatoes, jalapeños, onions, and green peppers, and topped with avocado and pico de gallo. Both the eggs and the vegetables inside were wonderfully cooked, and the pico de gallo on top lent a wonderful flavor. I’m an avocado lover, so that only made it even better.
My sister ordered the Local Omelet, prepared with River Valley Ranch mushrooms and Capriole Farm goat cheese. It, too, was delicious, thanks especially to the locally sourced ingredients. The sliced tomatoes served on the side made this quite a healthy dish.
I had previously heard rave reviews about the Lemon Ricotta Pancakes at Prairie Grass Cafe, and after our server declared these to be the only pancakes he likes, we had to try them. They did not disappoint. The fresh lemon zest was extremely bright and refreshing, and the pancakes were filled with fresh ricotta, making them very light and tasty. They were even better with the addition of some homemade raspberry jam which was served with my toast.
We had a wonderful brunch at Prairie Grass Cafe, and I cannot wait to return for dinner. Everything from the service to the food was superb.
Prairie Grass Cafe is a perfect family spot for brunch or dinner, ideal for lunch for local workers, and is worthy of a trip to the northern suburbs for brunch. Prairie Grass Cafe serves lunch, Monday through Friday, dinner seven days a week, and brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Reservations are accepted.
601 Skokie Blvd., Northbrook, IL 60062
While my meal was complimentary, all opinions expressed herein are my own.