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Orange on Roscoe Serves Up Brunch With Not Much Appeal

By Victoria Wiedel | Saturday, July 9, 2011
Address: 2011 W. Roscoe St.
Phone: 773-248-0999
Website: www.orangerestaurantchicago.com

I was really looking forward to my first brunch at Orange (2011 W. Roscoe), but as 30+ minutes slowly dragged by with no update from our server about our order, I looked at my hungry family members and my hopes sank into the pit of my empty stomach.

This $10 plate of "Frushi" looks pretty. Credit: Victoria Wiedel

The small bites of “Frushi” (fresh fruit fashioned as sushi) and the freshly squeezed juice were a nice way to start the meal, but they only served as an amuse bouche to whet our appetites. And at these prices (frushi starts at $2.59 for two pieces and juices start at $3.59 for a 10 oz. size), we weren’t eager to add to the tab. But our server disappeared after taking our food order, so we never even had the chance to ask for more.

Orange is a very popular neighborhood destination, so we didn’t think our food would arrive quickly. Still, it would have been nice to be warned that the entire kitchen staff was going on break, or they had to go buy more eggs, or whatever reason was behind the delay. The restaurant’s popularity also means it’s very, very loud inside.

Omelet #6 (top) and the Breakfast Sandwich. Credit: Victoria Wiedel

We ordered the Cinnamon Roll pancakes, Tijuana and Caprese Benedicts, Omelet #6 (mushrooms, asparagus, herbs and jack cheese with a balsamic reduction sauce), and a breakfast sandwich with eggs, bacon, white cheddar, baby spinach and raspberry jam. Most brunch entrees cost $8-$9 and are accompanied by a hockey puck of dry mashed potatoes. The list of additional charges is exhausting: use egg whites instead ($2), substitute a salad or fresh fruit for the “tators” ($3), add onions or cheese to your “tators” ($0.59), add avocado ($1) or guacamole ($2) to your huevos, ask for a cup of salsa or sour cream ($0.59), get creative with your pancakes ($1 per ingredient).

As a place that claims to use “only the highest quality of fresh products,” I was downright shocked to see frozen, chopped asparagus tucked inside Omelet #6 ($9). Are there no farmers’ markets in Roscoe Village?

Orange promises “contemporary brunch with a peel,” but there’s nothing appealing about long waits, yelling at your dining companions to be heard, and a bill that you would expect at an upscale restaurant. With so many other options nearby, I’m not in a rush to return.

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  • http://twitter.com/thejeyofcooking jey

    We dine at Orange fairly frequently and I do have to admit that the service has gone downhill.  It has gotten increasingly slow which is never a good thing when dining with toddlers (even on weekdays when the restaurant isn’t busy) and I’m not a fan of the fact that they’ll now only allow one credit card per table.  There are plenty of other restaurants in the area that are more accomodating.

  • Anonymous

    “I do have to admit that the service has gone downhill”

    We were in within their first couple weeks, and the service was so poor, we haven’t been back.  The described service is a step up from what we had, even after making it clear that we were unhappy with the service. 

    Interesting to hear that it had–at some point–been better.

  • jngray

    Maybe it’s because I work in the fine dining industry, but that plate of “frushi” looks ridiculously novice.

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