The Winchester is a really cool and cozy American restaurant located in Chicago’s up-and-coming Ukrainian Village. I stopped in for brunch yesterday to check out their much buzzed-about menu.
Being the mass transit foodie that I am, I hopped the CTA Blue Line to the Damen ‘L’ stop, walked a few blocks south to Augusta Blvd and 1 block east to Winchester Ave. If you don’t feel like walking, just board the CTA #50 Damen bus at the ‘L’ stop and take it south to The Winchester.
I arrived at The Winchester at the beginning of brunch service (10am), as I like to avoid long lines. This was the right decision because they do not accept reservations for brunch. Since I was dining solo, I was told I would have to sit at the bar. I did not mind because this place is rather small and Sunday brunch is always such a busy event. The very friendly and attentive staff took excellent care of me.
Here’s how my brunch went down:
The Winchester just welcomed new Chef Duncan Biddulph, so the menu is new. This guy knows what’s up! Everything sounded so lovely and tempting, from the egg dishes to the cherry oatmeal to the pozole verde. However, I decided to keep things on the lighter side with this smoked trout with new potatoes, golden beets, fennel, a slow egg and pea shoots. It was a great choice because it tasted as pretty as it looks. Such a lovely and savory dish.
I washed it down with a couple of Americanos topped with almond milk made with Bow Truss espresso.
It was not long at all before the space filled up and the bar was packed. However, I had plenty of time to contemplate my next meals at The Winchester. Their shrimp ‘n grits are made with head-on shrimp, a Cajun gravy and cheddar grits by local neighbor, Baker Miller. Yes, please! The seafood bolognese sounds divine, too.
Bonus! The Winchester offers some dinner specials such as a $10 Burger and Beer on Monday-Friday (4:30-6:30), $6 Hot Toddy Tuesdays and a $20 wine bottle and crostini board on Wednesdays.
The Winchester is located at 1001 N. Winchester Avenue. It is open for lunch, dinner and brunch (Saturday/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 Blue LIne, CTA #50 Damen or CTA #70 Division buses to The Winchester. Save on gas. Avoid traffic, road rage and parking. Reduce pollution. Don’t drink and drive!