Marmalade: The Hot New Brunch SpotAddress: 1969 W. Montrose St.
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.