Thursday, December 22, 2011

Moonshine

Location: 1824 W Division
Cost: About $12 per person

This story starts with a simple request from my new fourth roommate Rachel. Brunch was in order, and she really wanted to go somewhere that had a make your own bloody mary bar. This caused me to throw a hissy fit because I've always found that a place with a make your own bloody mary bar only has that to make up for their sub par food. She suggested a bunch of places, and we finally settled on Moonshine (which was my doing since I remembered hearing some good things [this is my way of taking some blame]). Either way, we had a good crew including Ricky, Rachel, Jeremy, Jessie, Courtney, and Laura.

Logistics
Moonshine is right off Damen in an area littered with restaurants. For brunch, it's a real pain to find parking in that area. They have a lot for the restaurant, but there's only so many spots. I ended up dropping everyone off and driving around for 10 minutes or so before I found something. They've got plenty of seating throughout the bar, and they even have some loungey type set up going on for special occasions (there was some bridal shower or something going on while we were there). You don't have to worry about a line for brunch like you do at a lot of other places nearby.

Our service was quick, but there were a few things I didn't like. He asked everyone who got a Mexican style dish if they wanted sour cream on the side but failed to mention the up charge. Then, when Jessie wanted to order some malted waffle dish that they were out of, he suggested blue corn waffles as the next closest thing. I just thought this was a pretty huge jump from malt balls on waffles to blue corn. He pushed it a bit too after it was clear we weren't interested. The cost is what you get everywhere with $10 ballpark dishes.

The Food
Well a bunch of people got the make your own bloody mary bar, which was by far the best thing at the meal. They had a nice selection of basically everything you'd ever toss into a bloody mary, and there's nothing stopping you from stocking up plates of blue cheese filled olives.

 The Bloody Mary

For our main items Jeremy got the Greek Omelet, Jessie got the Buttermilk Pancakes, Ricky got the Breakfast Burrito, Courtney got the Almond French Toast, Rachel got the Eggs Benedict with Avocado, and Laura and I got the Huevos Mexicanos. Jeremy couldn't finish his rather flavorless omelet. The potatoes were a bit soggy and luke warm (and you know what I say about places with bad brunch potatoes). Jessie's pancakes were large, plain, and very dry. I've done much better with the batter out of a box. Ricky's burrito was very bland as was the runny salsa on the side. Rachel's benedict was standard and well constructed. I thought the almond french toast was well flavored, but the toast itself was tough to chew. The Huevos Mexicanos was chorizo mixed with scrambled eggs. The tomatillo salsa on the side had some nice flavor, and the chorizo was a little spicy.

The Eggs Benedict

The Huevos Mexicanos

The Almond French Toast

The Buttermilk Pancakes

The Greek Omelet

The Breakfast Burrito

Overall
I made a whole bunch of sweeping generalizations, and I'm sticking to them until proven wrong. If anyone knows of a brunch place with both good food and a make your own bloody mary bar, I'm all ears. Moonshine's bloody mary bar was very well done, but the food wasn't worth dirtying the dishes it was served on. I wish I'd ordered lunch food since the burgers looked pretty good at other tables, but I don't think I'll be going back anytime soon. I'm giving them 1.5 out of 5 Pearls.

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