A chef preparing the brunch dishes in Jam's open kitchen.

A chef preparing the brunch dishes in Jam’s open kitchen.

CHICAGO
When visiting Chicago, some of the more interesting food can be found in the neighborhoods outside the downtown loop, a bit of a ride on the L train.

For example, when looking for Sunday brunch with my Chicago friends Angel and Bob, we ventured out to the Logan Square neighborhood to visit Jam Restaurant. The space has a glamorous feel with elegant wall scones and contemporary tables and plastic chairs. That glamorous vibe continues onto the plates from the kitchen, where traditional brunch fare like French toast, pancakes, and eggs Benedict comes out looking like something being judged on Top Chef.

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One of Jam’s signature dishes is its malted custard French toast, which we ordered an half order ($7) as a starter. The toast has such a custard texture that it inspires more a feeling of airy pancakes than toast, and the lime leaf whipped cream provided just the right amount of sweet for this non-maple syrup French toast dish.

Bob’s quiche ($10) with lemon-cured Lake Trout and bagel chip panzanella came out looking like two slices of bread, while Angel got the smoked salmon ($16) with potato-leek cakes and jiggly poached eggs.

Angel ordered the Kir Royale ($8) made with Chambord raspberry liqueur topped with champagne.

Angel ordered the Kir Royale ($8) made with Chambord raspberry liqueur topped with champagne..

Malted custard French toast at Jam via Focus:Snap:Eat

Half order of the malted custard French toast with macerated stonefruit, lime leaf cream and pink peppercorns.

I also had a couple of jiggly soft poached eggs in my order of Eggs Benedict ($12), where the star of the plate was the crispy pork belly slices. Everything was done well on the plate, although I didn’t really understand the addition of the grilled pineapple.

The service at Jam is friendly and helpful, and the food comes out at a nice pace. On this warm summer day, we ate inside but most everyone was at the outdoor patio, which on Sunday flows into the Logan Square farmers market.

Smoked salmon with potato-leek cakes at Jam via Focus:Snap:Eat

Smoked salmon with potato-leek cakes, poached eggs, Bearnaise and fennel slaw ($16)

Quiche with lemon-cured Lake Trout at Jam via Focus:Snap:Eat

Quiche with lemon-cured Lake Trout, pickled red onions, and bagel chip panzanella ($10)

The last bite
Jam makes brunch glamorous in Chicago, with high-end breakfast dishes that are interesting and flavorful. The friendly service and stylish decor all add up to a fabulous brunch locale.

The rating: 3 out of 4 camera snaps

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The deets: Jam, 3057 West Logan Blvd., Chicago. PH: 773.292.6011. Open every day except Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. No reservations. Major credit cards available. jamrestaurant.com

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Eggs Benedict with pork belly at Jam via Focus:Snap:Eat

Eggs Benedict with English muffin, poached eggs, crispy pork belly, pineapple, Al Pastor hollandaise, $12

Enjoying the Chicago summer weather with outdoor seating at Jam.

Enjoying the Chicago summer weather with outdoor seating at Jam.

One Response to Review of Glam Brunch at Jam Restaurant in Chicago

  1. Carolyn Jung says:

    You have willpower if you can stop at a half order of that French toast. I could have eaten a FULL order by myself. LOL