Monday, November 25, 2013

Sunny Side Up

Location: 42 E Superior
Cost: About $18 per person

This brunch spot, Sunny Side Up, opened right across the street from my apartment building a little while back. I've walked by it a bunch of times and either I was in a hurry or there was a big line outside. So I hadn't tried it out until this past weekend. Jenny and I strolled over there and put our names down.

Sunny Side Up is on the second floor of what must have been a cool little walk up apartment in the past. The bro manning the host stand told us the wait would be 35 minutes, but 10 minutes later we had a table. This might seem like a good thing, but we were just about to leave because of the long estimate. Once we got seated, the food took 40 minutes to come out which is totally unacceptable for a breakfast spot. It's OK though because during the wait we got a show from the manager chastising one of the bus boys while they cleaned up a neighboring table together. The portions are good, but the cost is a few more bucks than most comparable places in town.

The Food
Jenny ordered the Chicago Way which is their name for the basic breakfast combo, and I got the Sunny Side Up Baguette. She went with her eggs scrambled and got the english muffin. The eggs were really very bad. They had that darker yellow film on the outside that you see at hotel breakfast buffets. The only jelly they had for her muffin was grape, which we all know no one really wants. The sausages were overcooked and very dry. The potatoes, on the other hand, were fantastic. They had a nice crisp and well balanced seasoning. My Sunny Side Up Baguette was a spin on the traditional eggs benedict. Obviously there was a baguette at the base with goat cheese spread, poached eggs, hollandaise sauce, tomato slices, and balsamic dressing. The concept was pretty interesting with a great spin from the dressing. Still, one of the eggs was spot on runny while the other was closer to a soft boiled egg. Again, my potatoes were fantastic.

The Sunny Side Up Baguette

The Chicago Way

We had a horrible experience at Sunny Side Up. It was really unfortunate since I live right next door, and this easily could have become a regular place. Between the wait for our food, the display with the bus boy, and the mistakes throughout our meal I will not be going back. I'm giving them 0.5 out of 5 Pearls.

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  1. I don't LOVE it, but I have not had terrible experiences there and think your rating is a bit harsh. I would give it a solid 3 pearls.

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