Orange on Roscoe Serves Up Brunch With Not Much AppealAddress: 2011 W. Roscoe St.
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.
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.
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.