Marmalade: The Hot New Brunch Spot

By Stacy Jeziorowski | Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Address: 1969 W. Montrose St.
Phone: 773-883-9000
Website: http://marmaladechicago.com/

Marmalade took over the space formerly occupied by Le Sabre. Credit: Patty Wetli.

I love breakfast foods. I would eat breakfast three meals a day, seven days a week if I could. So when my friend invited me along to Marmalade, 1969 W. Montrose St., I was thrilled to try something new.

We ventured over on a Saturday morning at about 10:00, just early enough to beat the crowd. I was greeted at the door by a wonderful host, who promptly seated me and brought me a cup off coffee and made sure I knew where the breakfast specials were. As I waited for my friend, my eyes started to wonder around the restaurant, taking in what other people were eating and ogling the fresh-baked pastries.

My friend arrived and the server immediately was at the table offering her something to drink. As a former breakfast server myself, I tend to be a bit overcritical when I eat out in restaurants, but I was more than pleased with our waitress. My coffee cup was always full and she was attentive without being overbearing.

All of Marmalade’s brioche for their french toast is made in-house. I was immediately drawn to their cinnamon-swirl brioche french toast topped with berries and vanilla cream and my friend ordered the simply hotcakes topped the same way. And of course we had apple wood smoked bacon. I could not believe my eyes when the food came to the table. There were three slices of french toast with the cream layered in between topped with fresh strawberries, fresh blueberries and fresh cherries that must have been almost a foot high and almost to pretty to eat. My friend’s pancakes must have been almost a half an inch thick. I’ve never seen such fluffy pancakes!

The restaurant itself has a very open feel and has a lot of light coming in. As we were getting ready to leave, it did start to get loud, but the restaurant is small and that is to be expected. The decor was simple and the layout  made it easy to navigate to the bathrooms and out the door when we were done with our meal.

While the prices are a bit higher than most places for breakfast it was worth every penny for fresh ingredients. We left more than full and extremely happy.  I look forward to going back to Marmalade and trying something different for breakfast and for lunch.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DZPGFNXG7XMYONTPNNVZKCWNG4 Jill Waycie

    I just….I don’t know if I can ever go here because I’m still mourning the loss of Le Sabre.  Great cheap diner food, amazing pancakes, awesome waitresses…I really miss it.  I’ve been avoiding trying this place out of principle.

    • http://www.paigeworthy.com paigeworthy

      Don’t blame the new place because its previous tenant couldn’t stay in business. Maybe it’s glorious!

      • Anonymous

        From what I understand (and I could be wrong), the owners are the same.  That’s why it’s harder for me to see it as a brand new place.

        • http://www.paigeworthy.com paigeworthy

          Okay, then, if it’s the same owners…why not just keep going? Maybe a lot of what they serve has the same qualities you liked about the other place? Personally I couldn’t be bothered to step foot in that place before and consider it now because it looks at least a quarter less shabby.

        • Anonymous

          Personally, I loved LeSabre and stepped foot in there often.  I guess I like shabby in my diner food. 

        • http://www.paigeworthy.com paigeworthy

          I can’t bring myself to waste time, money or calories on shabby. To each his own :)

  • Anonymous

    Oh this is inspiring and I’ve been craving french toast! Now I know where to go..

  • Anonymous

    Sad to see Le Sabre go, happy to see Marmalade arrive!

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