Brunch at The Vig
Brunch at The Vig
1527 N Wells Street, Chicago IL, 60610
Brunch brunch brunch! Ah, I have such a love-hate relationship with you brunch. I love to eat you, but I hate to roll my ass out of bed to get to you. I like to sleep in on the weekends, never mind most people would argue that a decent brunch still allows you to sleep in. When I'm tired from the night before *cough cough hungover cough* I like to sleep in until afternoon. And by afternoon I mean LATE afternoon. However...
If it's a beautiful sunny day, more than one person has assured me the brunch will be awesome, and the company is at least good enough to fill in spaces between food arrivals, I'll probably still make it. Let's be honest, I love to eat. Especially breakfast. :P
I've been to The Vig at night before to drink, which may or have may not included Vegas Bombs and shots of tequila, but I'd never actually dined there. My date was adamant we check it out, declaring it a great place to nurse a next day hangover (the requirements being delicious, sturdy breakfast food and more, next-day booze of course.) I said sure because I was hungry, it sounded good, and hey, Brunch. This turned out to be a wise and happy decision, because the meal was delicious!
We started out with Donut Holes and Moet, which came out in a cute little bucket with sparklers. I'd be just as willing (if not more) to celebrate Donut Holes with sparklers as bottles, but maybe that's just me. :)
The Donut Holes are super tasty! They had little pieces of ginger in them which I loved. Also the dipping sauces were really good. I liked the raspberry cream cheese, while my table mate preferred pistachio. That works out just great because then I don't have to share! Haha.
We also shared the Cinnamon Roll:
As far as hearty breakfast carbs go, THIS IS IT! Sticky, dense, and crispy-gooey where it sticks to the skillet. I personally like my cinnamon rolls a little lighter than this, but my table mate insisted I was missing out and ate it up without any second thought.
Steak & Eggs + Chicken & Waffles came out together, and I immediately moved the dish to a better lit table to get a picture. I noticed the table next to me giving me sideways glances, watching my process.
"See? It's OK to Instagram your food," one of them hissed, digging the other in the shoulder. "Everyone does it."
I LOVE Chicken & Waffles. If I see it on a menu, I will almost always order it. The Chicken & Waffles here are damn good, The Vig uses funnel cake batter for the waffles which creates a chewy, slightly dense waffle that stands up to the chicken and syrup well. I really loved the chicken, dark meat (thighs I believe) were used and it was perfect! Tender and juicy. It comes with Bourbon Maple Syrup and Hot Sauce Honey. I liked the syrup with my waffles and ended up putting the hot sauce on the Steak & Eggs, which was my favorite:
So, so good! It was spicier than I anticipated, which was a yummy thing for me. In previous posts I have mentioned I have a weird thing about the size food portions are cut into. The pieces of Australian skirt steak here were cut up into smaller pieces which I liked. The Harissa Hollandaise sauce was delicious and I greedily pulled the plate over to my side of the table.
"You got the the cinnamon roll," I explained through mouthfuls of steak and potato. "This is fair. Don't give me any lip."
When I finally tear myself away from my plate I see that the table of people watching me from before is now also all standing over their plates, taking pictures. I hope they got some good ones!
Brunch here was delicious. The food is on the heavier side, perfect hangover food which is what all decent brunches should be. Service was friendly and attentive, and the staff is enthusiastic about explaining the dishes. I recommend coming here with a group and getting a bunch of things to share. Just invite me when you do this please and don't expect me to share the steak. ;)