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.
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.
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.
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
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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