Thursday, September 5

Restaurant Beatrix

In case you haven't noticed, there have been a few changes around here! Hopefully for the better! I've rearranged the site to have a cleaner look and feel, as well as to make navigation easier. Oh yea, there's also a logo of me, in ghost form! Instead of using a 5-star rating system, I'll now be using a 5-ghost rating system! I'd love to hear your thoughts about the new design and am open to any suggestions. I hope you all continue to enjoy reading about my delicious adventures!

Anywho, back to the real reason why you're here--restaurant reviews! A few weekends ago I went to brunch with the fam to celebrate my birthday and my mom's birthday together. Our bdays are four days apart, so we tend to combine our family celebrations.

As you probably know by now, I'm a huge fan of Lettuce Entertain You restaurants. They always have a consistent quality of food and service! They recently opened Restaurant Beatrix in the Aloft hotel in River North. I thought it'd be a nice, rather inexpensive, place to check out on a Sunday morning.

Entrance to Beatrix
The dining room at Beatrix is very bright, with large windows opening out onto Clark street, and an eclectic assortment of colorful furniture.

Main Dining Room
Beatrix offers red, orange, and blue mimosas, with different freshly-squeezed fruit juices.  My mom and I tried the red mimosa with watermelon and strawberry juice--it was delish! They also serve Metropolis and Intelligentsia coffee.

Red Mimosas, Brut Champagne & Intelligentsia Coffee
Beatrix has a full coffee bar complete with espresso drinks and a wide assortment of fresh baked goods. I perused the display with wide eyes and had my heart set on trying their honey cinnamon roll. The gigantic roll was plenty for our family of four to split, and made for the perfect sweet "appetizer" to our meal. Be sure to get this!

Honey Cinnamon Roll
We also tried their homemade hummus which came with an assortment of marinated veggies and warm pita. I loved the freshness of the hummus; you could definitely tell it was homemade. While the portion wasn't huge, it was enough for each of us to have a couple bites.

Homemade Hummus with Naan and Fresh Veggies
For our brunch entrees, my dad ordered the quinoa cakes with poached eggs. They were served with a tomato basil sauce, similar to a marinara. I was proud of him for trying quinoa, although he was disappointed with the small portion size.

Quinoa Cakes with Poached Eggs
I was in the mood for something savory after eating that cinnamon roll, so I ordered the braised pot roast and egg sandwich. Pot roast may have a bad reputation, but this was super juicy and I loved the fresh focaccia it was served on. There was even a spicy and sweet jalapeno relish on the side for dipping.

Braised Pot Roast and Egg Sandwich with Jalapeno Relish
My mom ordered what was probably the tastiest (and largest) entree, the chili and chocolate glazed salmon. The nicely-portioned filet was served with corn tortillas and cabbage slaw, as well as tomatillo salsa.

Chili & Chocolate Glazed Salmon
My sister was looking for something on the lighter side so she ordered the 3-grain salad with chicken, tossed in a lemon vinaigrette. The grains included red quinoa, freekeh and millet, and were mixed with fennel, blueberries, and grana padano cheese.

3-Grain Salad with Chicken
We had to try dessert and I'm so glad we did, because I fell in love. The "Oh My! Caramel Pie" should be renamed the "Holy $*&@#%%#$T Caramel Pie" because it is outrageously good. It should be illegal. OMG.

Oh My! Caramel Pie
Oh yea, we also had another dessert. Because one is never enough. The name alone made us select it. The "Tall, Dark & Handsome Chocolate Cake" was extremely rich and similar in texture to a flourless chocolate cake. It had a nice coating of cocoa on top as well. This would be great for any chocoholic, but I was partial to that caramel pie.

Tall, Dark & Handsome Chocolate Cake
Our experience at Beatrix was fantastic. We had great, friendly, service, the food was comforting and delicious, and I'd go back again just for that caramel pie! Beatrix gets four ghosts!


Restaurant Beatrix 
www.restaurantbeatrix.com
519 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60654
312.284.1377
Beatrix on Urbanspoon

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