Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Ann Sather

Location: 909 W Belmont
Cost: About $12 per person

Some of you may remember my post on a dinner I had at the home of Dr. Keith. Well we needed to meet last week to talk about a research project, but both of us were short on time. We realized that a quick lunch might be our only option. It just so happened that I was working at Children's, and Dr. Keith had a meeting in Lakeview. He suggested we meet in between which is how we ended up at Ann Sather.

Ann Sather is basically a one room breakfast joint on Belmont pretty close to the red line. There's a big window, and the people watching doesn't really get any better. The line for brunch can get out of hand sometimes, but there are a lot of nearby options if you can't wait it out. The lunch service on the other hand runs very quickly and without any wait.

Our server understood we were in a bit of a hurry and was very efficient. The cost is average since most meals run right around $10, but the portions are somewhat out of control. This is especially true if you get the cinnamon rolls.

The Food
Dr. Keith put it this way, "Ann Sather defines being overfed as opposed to overeating voluntarily." Maybe that's because each breakfast dish you order comes with two sides. Dr. Keith got the Biscuits and Gravy, and I had the Salmon and Dill Omelette. For sides I had the cinnamon rolls and a side of fruit. The cinnamon rolls are really what Ann Sather is known for as far as I can tell. I was blown away that the side dish came with two gigantic rolls. It came out before my omelette, and I was full after one of these guys. They were delicious with a warm and gooey center topped by a heavy helping of icing. Dr. Keith really likes the gravy at Ann Sather and was reasonably pleased with his meal. My omelette was fine. It had plenty of salmon, but it was pretty dry.

The Cinnamon Rolls

 The Salmon and Dill Omelette

People often say Ann Sather is a Chicago staple, but I'm not of that camp. Except for the cinnamon rolls, the rest of the menu is pretty average. That's not to say that the place doesn't have some value. Those rolls are really great, and it's worth your time to just get some of them and a cup of coffee. I'm giving Ann Sather 3 out of 5 Pearls.

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  1. Are you already running out of new places to criticize?? You've been to Ann Sather's a million times! Give me some new material.

  2. Whoa now. I've been posting every three days for months now. That should be plenty of material. But I've got good stuff coming up. You'll see.

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