Rosebud Restaurant Group has been a successful Chicago institution for decades and it’s newest destination, Joe Fish, doesn’t disappoint. With the kitchen helmed by Italian -American Chef Joe Farina, brunch is an especially good bet.
Brunch was made for Mary and Joe Fish has an interesting list including Angry Caesar, Pickle Me Mary, Beet Red Snapper and a decidedly smoky one with Knob Creek Smoked Maple, Cicero Bacon Mary, Chipotle and a candied bacon garnish. You can also choose refreshing punches and other tipples.
Starters include a housemade pastry basket and healthy options like Greek yogurt and fresh berries but do go for the Brussels sprouts. These knobs of cruciferous goodness are trendy, to be sure, but chef has a wonderful spin on them: sprouts are browned and tossed with crispy bacon, melty goat cheese, red onion and pomegranate seeds. A little tart, very savory, crunch and cream – who knew sprouts could be crave-able?
Joe Fish gets biscuits from Logan Square’s Bang Bang bakery and dresses the rich squares in a number of ways: seven-year cheddar; an egg with cheese, ham or both; maple sage sausage gravy; or with a hunk o’ fried chicken, gravy, Tabasco butter and an egg. Naked may be the best way to go here in order to get the full pleasure of a homemade biscuit slathered in whipped butter and preserves.
You cannot go wrong whether you crave sweet or savory. Smart sugary choices include: chocolate or vanilla waffles with strawberry rhubarb compote, maple syrup or order the pecan sea salt caramel French toast with whipped bourbon butter. Worthy savories include Eggs in Purgatory with pancetta, tomato sauce, and Parmesan; Maine lobster atop soft scrambled eggs dotted with crème fraiche, chives and truffle shavings is outrageously delicious as is the fine Maine lobster roll served with housemade pickles and a perky slaw. You’ll want to return to try chef’s Shrimp and Polenta with pancetta and white wine or the comforting and memorable smoked mussel chowder with housemade crackers. What could be standard brunch fare is elevated to make the prices feel sound: for example, the bacon and egg sandwich features Bulgarian Feta and frisee as well as tomato on a croissant and the Prime cheeseburger is a giant thing of beauty starring aged Cheddar, smoked bacon, Heirloom tomato, pickles and freshly cut fries. There’s satisfying, flavorful coffee, too, courtesy of Lavazza and La Colombe.
The room is bright and airy with a corner view of the scurrying shoppers and visitors in River North.
445 N. Dearborn St.
Chicago, Illinois 60654