The Bongo Room – Wicker Park, Chicago

The Bongo Room - Wicker Park, Chicago
What I Ordered

Review By: Stefanie Parks –

My sister in-law and I decided to take advantage of the fact that neither of us were working on this not-so-nice Tuesday and go to brunch at a place that usually has a ridiculously long wait on the weekends. She had never been to The Bongo Room and I’ve only been once a very long time ago (plus it’s amazing), so we decided on that as our spot.

We met there and immediately agreed that we would share one item from the savory side of the menu, one item from the sweet side of the menu, and one fruit plate (so that we felt like we were being healthy). And then of course, a couple of mimosas.

On the savory side, we were debating between the breakfast burrito and the green omelet (from the specials). On the sweet side, we were debating between the lemon ricotta blueberry pancakes and the red velvet pancakes (from the specials). After a little debating and a lot of help from our waitress, we decided on the breakfast burrito and the lemon and blueberry pancakes.

Right after we ordered, I got up to go to the bathroom and saw someone who had ordered the red velvet pancakes. I immediately decided that we had made the right decision. Don’t get me wrong they looked insanely delicious, but I knew after just a few bites of those, I would probably be out for the count.

Our plates arrived and I started with the pancakes, while Tracy started with the burrito. Instead of trying to figure out how to split everything in half, we decided that we’d each just eat half of our respective plates and then do a little switcharoo.

The pancakes were warm, fluffy, and really everything you would want in a pancake. I realized that I couldn’t even remember the last time I’d eaten pancakes, let alone blueberry pancakes, so I was pretty pumped to be doing so. The pancakes came with some kind of ricotta sauce on top, which was good and very sweet, but I feel that I could have used some syrup too. I mean aren’t pancakes without syrup like peanut butter without jelly, cereal without milk, etc, etc? Either way, they were delicious, not too rich or sweet, and they reminded me how much I love pancakes every once in a while.

Once we were both about halfway done, we switched plates and it was time to dig into the breakfast burrito. I was a little nervous for my first bite because the tortilla is cilantro-jalapeño flavored and you know how I feel about cilantro (if you don’t know how I feel about it, it’s not good). But, as much as I dislike cilantro that is how much I like jalapeño so I figured I would probably be ok. And, I was. The burrito was filled with guac and scrambled eggs and topped with jack cheese and sour cream. There was salsa and potatoes that came on the side.

I feel like breakfast burritos are usually pretty hit or miss and this one was definitely a hit. The tortilla was not too cilantro-y, I loved the little kick from the jalapeño  and the guac/egg combo was perfection. Then I took a bite with the salsa and that brought the dish to a whole new level. The potatoes by themselves were good, but again, with that salsa on top… whole new level.

So all in all, I’d say a very successful brunch. Bongo Room is doing it right whether you prefer sweet, savory, or a little bit of both.

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