Location – 3231 N Clark St.
In one word – Frushi
Food – Where to start? The frushi, the fruit-filled sushi, is one of Orange’s novelties. As is the pancake flight. Each month the restaurant offers four kinds of short stacked pancakes based on one theme with a cute name. Very good, but will give you your carb quota for that week. I like Orange because they change up their menu and you honestly can never choose poorly at this place.
Drink – This place is a haven for the juice connoisseur. You’re given the option to create your own juice blend (all from fresh ingredients), but honestly I am always content with the freshly squeezed OJ. Also try the orange-infused coffee. Just do it, you’ll like it.
Service – Friendly, casual, everything you want in a brunch establishment.
Occasion – If you want to impress some out of towners with a fun Chicago establishment, take them here. I like this brunch locale because there aren’t that many small children here (in comparison to other brunch places). There is an Orange in Lakeview, but I don’t find their staff to be all that friendly and it’s really small. All in all, if you want to get in to eat within a half hour and good service, go to the South Loop location.
Dress – Brunch wear, meaning sweatsuits, Bears jerseys and jeans desperately in need of a wash, are acceptable.
Cost – Frushi, juice, coffee and an entrée plus tip will probably take you into the $20 range.
If you liked…, try – Bongo Room, Kitsch’n River North