I have a group of six guys, including me, who like to go for brunch. Because they are the guys who are always with me when I review a new restaurant for brunch, I’ve decided that they get a name so that I can refer to them. I’m calling my friends the League of Distinguished Brunchmen. I haven’t told them yet, but when they read this I’m sure they’ll have about 5 other monikers which would be significantly better because this group is not short of opinions; which makes us very good reviewers.
On to the review: WOOD, which is in Lakeview at 335N. Halstead St., between Belmont and just south of Roscoe. Great location. Easy street parking on weekend mornings.
Two of the League of Distinguished Brunchmen had already been to Wood, but it was for dinner and they loved it enough to suggest it for our Bruchmen-review. They said they’d had the fish dishes, salads, specials and they raved about their meals. The regular bill was moderate but they said the bar bill is what can getcha. Wood is known for their elite back-bar spirits and liquor selection and specialty mixologist concoctions. You won’t see a Smirnoff’s event here. Because of their fabulous drinks, the bar is always a place to meet people and get your first and most bestest drink, and then: off to your evening. I’ll totally be checking Wood out for dinner soon--but I always get Vodka-rocks, so no foofie drinks for me.
Okay... Did my League of Distinguished Brunchmen like Wood for brunch? No. We LOVED IT! The service was snappy and sassy. The atmosphere was modern, yet cozy and not-too bright.
NOTE: Wood Chef Ashlee Aubin is a 2012 Bib Gourmand Recipient.
We were a savory brunch bunch when we ordered and avoided the Stuffed French Toast with mascarpone, apples and cinnamon, or the blueberry or banana pancakes with lemon curd or Nutella. I ordered the house corned beef with my eggs and hash-browns, two of us got the Benedict, and two of us got the biscuits, eggs and Merguez Sausage Gravy. The portions were perfect and not covered in sauces or overflowing with carbs. And each plate was only $10. There is one non-drinker in the League of Distinguished Brunchmen, so I will hardly ever review what he is not drinking but everyone had a house Bloody Mary’s and they said they would definitely go back just for those. And I had the “Halsted Hottie.” (You can insert your slutty comment here about my past--but that’s all in my books, so I beat you to the punch there.) The Halsted Hottie is one of those “ask your server for details coffee drinks mixed with fine liquor Our waiter told us that the whole restaurant morning staff had already had two apiece. Looking around at the chipper staff and knowing that I had to go home after brunch to write, I had two myself. Let’s just say I got lots done and then took a nap. Of course they have a lovely selection of Mimosa and Kir Royales.
I did ask the table next to us how their Pork Belly Sandwich and Country Ham Flatbread was and they said they loved it too.
Me and the League of Distinguished Brunchmen loved Wood for brunch and two of us recommend it for dinner.