I finally tried The Winchester. What took me so long? Granted, it has not yet been open for a year, but after all of the great things I have heard about it, and the fact that they have avocado toast on the menu, I should have discovered this place long ago.
Located in the Ukranian Village neighborhood of Chicago, the restaurant is almost non-descript on the outside, save for the green painted letters spelling out “The Winchester” above the entryway. The interior is not much more fancy than that, and is quite minimalist with exposed brick walls, simple wood tables and metal stools, and basic artwork. The Winchester is not a place to linger. Instead, it is a place to go for simple, yet extremely tasty organic goods sourced locally. For brunch, that includes baked goods, waffles, egg sandwiches, frittatas, and the now ubiquitous avocado toast.
I recently visited The Winchester for Sunday brunch. While The Winchester accepts reservations during the week, it does not on the weekends. I was worried that the wait would be close to an hour, but when we learned that it was only ten minutes, I already loved the place.
We immediately ordered the avocado toast, and it did not disappoint. The avocado was served resembling guacamole, but the flavors were so light and refreshing, thanks to the acidity of the grapefruit. The red chili added a nice kick, as well. I really enjoyed it spread over the toasted whole grain bread served on the side. I could certainly eat this dish for breakfast every morning.
I was already pretty full after chowing down on the deliciousness that was the avocado toast, so I went with the house granola as my entree. The granola was served atop a mound of creamy Greek yogurt, and was topped with sliced green apples. The granola was delicious and not too sweet, and balanced nicely with the tartness of the yogurt. I would have appreciated some berries rather than the sliced apples, but The Winchester does focus on using products from local, organic providers, and that is what currently is in season. A drizzle of honey may have made this dish even better.
I also tried my husband’s breakfast sandwich which was phenomenal. Farm eggs, cheddar, kale, and roasted peppers were served on toasted whole grain bread. The flavors were outstanding. My husband would have preferred the sandwich to have been served hotter, but still thought that it was excellent. The roasted potatoes served on the side should not be overlooked. They were perfectly crispy on the outside and warm and soft on the inside, and were expertly seasoned. I would go back for the potatoes alone. The Winchester makes its own hot sauce, as well, and it was the perfect accompaniment to both the sandwich and the potatoes.
I enjoyed everything about my meal at The Winchester, and cannot wait to return for dinner. Service was friendly and attentive, and the food was delicious. The Winchester is great for families or a group of friends, and is a nice, casual neighborhood spot. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served Monday through Saturday, with Sunday reserved just for brunch. Reservations are only accepted Monday through Thursday.
1001 North Winchester, Chicago, Illinois