Being a small town girl, one of the biggest obstacles of the holidays is finding a decent place to eat. Most restaurants don’t serve food that is good and wholesome. They would rather serve food that is showy and in small servings. Sometimes you just have to break down and get back to basics. Holidays are one of those times. We all grew up with traditions that we hold onto .Any one who has moved away from home can relate and appreciate a place that brings back those memories.
Ann Sather is one of those places. It has become a Chicago holiday tradition. Families eat there, couples, or just a group of friends sharing the day. Even an everyday meal at Ann Sather’s is a celebration. But be warned, you will be taking food home. There is plenty for everyone … including the dog. And also forget about the diet, everything is homemade.
In my home growing up, we always had ham for Easter. That is what is so great about Ann Sather , no matter your holiday tradition . I chose the ham dinner and I was not disappointed. The ham was not salty, but tender. The asparagus was crisp and it was followed with mashed potatoes and gravy and a yummy peach compote. Before the meal was a homemade vegetable soup that was a harvest of fresh vegetables. I am not a soup lover, but even I enjoyed it.
Ann Sather’s is also known for their baked goods. This includes their world famous cinnamon rolls . The rolls are mounds of heavenly gooeyness and cinnamon flavor. Trust me, you won’t want to miss this one. We also got to try the delectable breads and don’t you dare go away without dessert. We chose the luscious apple and a taste of the South, pecan pie.
Forget paying River North prices, the dinners are about twenty dollars . You can also get the food to take home as well. The Belmont location is the only place that serves holiday dinners. Everyone gets into the holiday spirit here as well. Here is our hostess, Clara, who was more than “Hoppy” to greet us and tell us about the specials.
Ann Sather’s is open daily . They open at seven am to serve a hearty breakfast to get you going. Unfortunately, they are only open until three Mon thru Fri and four on the weekends. Make sure to come hungry. Happy Easter from Chitownconnections.