Happy Friday, Everyone! The weekend is here. If you are thinking about where to have brunch, I suggest you head over to Ceres’ Table in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood.
Ceres’ Table (named after the Roman goddess of harvest) is located just 3 blocks east and 2 blocks south of
the Belmont ‘L’ stop, along the CTA Red, Brown and Purple Lines. The #36 Broadway bus stops right in front of the restaurant.
I was here last summer for dinner with my good friend, Barb. We sat outside and enjoyed some really wonderful dishes. Last Sunday, after seeing the new James Bond film, Spectre, we stopped into Ceres’ Table for brunch. Here’s how it all went down:
First off, Ceres’ Table is a really, bright, clean space with large windows and colorful artwork on the walls. It is a lot larger on the inside than it appears from the street. It’s a great spot to cheer up on the cold, gray days of winter.
Feeling energized from the action of Spectre, we started off with some festive brunch cocktails. I had the Fragosa which is Ceres’ spin on a mimosa. It is made with strawberry liqueur, orange juice, prosecco and créme de fraise. Very refreshing!
For my brunch entree, I ordered the salmon eggs benedict. I loved this dish. The eggs were perfectly poached and just the right amount of runny. The salmon was moist and fresh. The best part was that Ceres’ does not weigh down its benedict with tons of hollandaise sauce. Also, the hollandaise here is rather light and herbaceous.
Another thing about his dish is that the potatoes which accompany the benedict are the best potatoes I’ve had at any brunch in Chicago. They were super creamy, moist and flavorful. Usually, many restaurants overcook their potatoes, especially if they are in hash brown form. The potatoes at Ceres’ were a star all on their own 🙂
Barb ordered the “eggs in purgatory” which is a traditional Italian egg dish. It’s made with poached eggs nestled in a shallow bowl of tomato sauce, arugula, parmigiano cheese and some crostini. It smelled wonderful. Barb lamented not asking for more crostini to sop up all the yummy sauce. Next time 😉
I could have lingered over brunch here for another hour with one more cocktail but chores were waiting. I look forward to another brunch here soon. I have my eye on the the spicy bloody mary with smoked chili sauce, the braised duck hash, pork & polenta and the croque madame.
Chef Craig Degel is running the kitchen at Ceres’ Table which as been honored with several Michelin Bib Gourmand awards, so it is a great bang for your buck.
Ceres’ Table is located at 3124 N. Broadway. It is open for dinner 7 days a week. Brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday. Click here for more information.
In keeping with the spirit of Feeding Off The Rails, I encourage you to leave your car at home and take the CTA Red, Brown and Purple Lines or the #36 Broadway bus to Ceres’ Table. Save on gas. Avoid traffic, road rage and parking. Reduce pollution. Don’t drink and drive!