One of the most popular meals of the day seems to be brunch. It satisfies the diner whether they still crave breakfast food or just a light lunch. Well the foodies of Chicago have quite a few places to grab that quick bite, but none is more dedicated to making brunch an art than the folks at Yolk.
Yolk is such an original concept. It is a restaurant that dedicates a large part of the meal to gourmet breakfast foods. Discriminating diners have already discovered this foodie mecca, but I didn’t get the chance to experience it until I attended one of Steve Green’s Foodie chat’s during Social Media Week. Attendees were treated to a small sample of the Yolk cuisine. Well we weren’t satisfied and wanted more, so George of Yolk invited us back to fully appreciate the vast menu.
Yolk is always buzzing, since it is located in the midst of the bustling River North neighborhood. The interior is bright and cheery with its yellow and sky blue decor. Colorful mats cover the floor with its egg logo, that is also a mural on the far wall. Shirts and goodies are available for purchase as well for those who wanted a souvenir of their visit. (That was us by the way) It is a place that is for diners to enjoy a casual meal with a gourmet touch.
The best way to start off your experience at Yolk is with a fresh cup of coffee and a glass of their strawberry orange juice. At the event, the juice was an ingredient in a delicious mimosa. Pondering the menu, you won’t know where to begin. Their salads and sandwiches are made with the freshest ingredients and best meats. You will definitely be taking food home with one of these creations. The portions are huge.
But we came for breakfast, so we had George make the choices for us. He complied by having the chef whip up a tour de france which allowed us to experience the awesome french toast they make here. The french toast wasn’t just ordinary bread, but special recipes that are exclusively Yolk. Each of the dishes were garnished with seasonal fruit like strawberries, blueberries, and bananas. The one that we deemed the best was the banana bread french toast. It was covered in bananas and had that old fashioned banana bread taste. Blueberries covered the poppy seed french toast and finally I used the orange marmalade syrup provided to flavor the tangy orange toast. It had an unusual taste.
Next we were given the Tuscan Frittata. It was filled with flavor and so delcious. The goat cheese was the perfect garnish for the top and I fell in love with the special ingredients in the egg creation. And it was loaded to the brim with grilled chicken chunks , red potatoes, and a mixture of spices. Now this is what we are talking about when you say brunch. The best of two meals combined into one.
Yolk opens early in the morning and closes mid afternoon. It is a place that is exclusively Chicago. The three locations are Streeterville, River North, and South Loop. Come in and try something special today.