Brunching at Nightwood

Finally, we went to Nightwood in Pilsen for their esteemed donuts.  I’ve heard so much about them that I didn’t even think about the other items that would be offered on the menu.  So when we went for brunch, I was pretty impressed with the brunch menu.  I practically salivated over our friend’s pork belly sandwich, especially when he ate it like a primate that was storing some of it in its cheek pouches for later.

Smoked, steamed and grilled pork belly sandwich, green garlic, chili mayo, house-made pickles, cilantro, pea shoots, runny egg

Smoked, steamed and grilled pork belly sandwich, green garlic, chili mayo, house-made pickles, cilantro, pea shoots, runny egg

We saw bacon jam on the menu, and we asked to try it.  Nightwood should definitely jar up this stuff and sell it!  But I guess the bacon wouldn’t be so fresh that way so we couldn’t help but gobble it up with the tots.

Left: Bacon jam Right: Pistachio custard, vanilla glaze, malt crumble doughnut

Left: Bacon jam
Right: Pistachio custard, vanilla glaze, malt crumble doughnut

Then the two donuts they were serving that day came.  OMG.  They were so fluffy and soft while the pistachio donut had a perfect, creamy custard that paired nicely with the glaze.  Just be careful – the custard squirts out!  But what was even better than the large donut were the little donut holes, which are just divine!  Nightwood certainly makes the best donuts I’ve had in Chicago!

Bacon butterscotch doughnut

Bacon butterscotch doughnut

Another one of our friends went the route of a French-style omelet, i.e. an omelet that is much thinner than a regular one.  Everything looked farm fresh on the plate!  But the item on this dish that we were all excited for was the second helping of bacon jam!

Rolled omelet, fingerling potatoes, green garlic, bacon jam

Rolled omelet, fingerling potatoes, green garlic, bacon jam

After one of their brunch cocktails, you may want to opt for their take on biscuits and gravy, which is extremely filling and savory.  I was very impressed with the chunky sausage gravy, which tasted like it came straight from the South.

Left: Cheddar biscuits and sausage gravy, braised kale, runny egg Right: The Nightwood Cheeseburger - two patties, eight-year cheddar, onion ring, pickles, mustard, special sauce, tots

Left: Cheddar biscuits and sausage gravy, braised kale, runny egg
Right: The Nightwood Cheeseburger – two patties, eight-year cheddar, onion ring, pickles, mustard, special sauce, tots

As for my burger, it was HUGE, much larger than I would want to eat for brunch, and it tasted a lot like a Big Mac because the special sauce was very similar to Thousand Island dressing.  However, I loved the crisped bun and the tender patties with the potent cheddar.  It was definitely a gourmet burger, especially with those crunchy tots.

Tips:

  1. Order DOUGHNUTS.  If you miss out on these, you miss out on brunch as a whole (even if you ordered everything else on the menu).
  2. If you are told to wait by the bar, definitely order some drinks – they are no fuss and too good to pass up.
  3. There is street parking, but if you are going for brunch, you may have to wait or look closely for a parking spot!  This place is hopping on the weekend!

Rating:

4.5 Rating

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