Brunch at Bread and Wine – Irving Park

Bread and Wine Whiskey glazed cinnamon rollWith Easter approaching I found Bread and Wine thanks to OpenTable’s Chicago restaurants page featuring openings for Easter brunch. Housed in a former laundromat (with parking in front!) the space is a cozy wood filled room with a bar, chef’s table and small retail space stocked with wine and locally made snacks.

Welcomed warmly we were led to the patio to enjoy the rare sunny spring day. The imbibe list is full of craft beer and drinks like the Bitter Goddess perfectly sweet and sour with Avinyo Brut Cava, Cynar and fresh squeezed grapefruit juice. Coupled with unlimited refills of Intelligentsia and we were off to a great start.

The thin whiskey glaze on the cinnamon roll is sweet but not overpowering and a nice departure from the super thick icing that tends to make rolls soggy. A good item to share with the table.

Bread and Wine Breakfast banh miI love a breakfast sandwich so was excited to try the breakfast banh mi.  The richness of the pork belly and ham rillettes pairs well with the spicy crispness of the kimchi and I mean, who doesn’t like a fried egg on top of everything? I got two meals out of this sandwich. Okay, the hash browns are unbelievably good, crunchy, salty and some sort of heavenly seasoning.

Bread and Wine CharcuterieThe House Charcuterie has a visually pleasing presentation and comes with the requisite sweat and sour accompaniments and crunchy olive oil bread. A jar of the ultra creamy and rich chicken liver pate is enough to share as well as the generous serving of summer blood sausage and Mortadella.

Bread and Wine Seasonal OmeletteThe seasonal vegetarian omelette was light with crunchy asparagus and beautiful watermelon radish served with a huge side of the tasty hash browns.

This was one of my favorite brunches I have had in awhile. With dishes like this I am looking forward to dinner here soon.
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