A basic search found many mentions of this place, but no dedicated thread...it deserves one. Tweet, Let's Eat is a great neighborhood breakfast/lunch spot serving the classics, some with updated flair, using mostly local, organic ingredients - and they make a KILLER bloody Mary.
This place used to be on my regular rotation, until we had baby #2 and rarely attempt to go out for breakfast. They are open on Mondays (closed Tuesday), which is great for the service industry people, and usually pretty packed on the weekends. We haven't been in about a year - but our visit on Saturday (sans kids) made me wanna attempt to bring the lil' crybabies (said affectionately) out for a breakfast more often. Tweet is a well-decorated, eclectic, artistic, friendly little neighborhood breakfast/brunch spot that is kid-friendly, vegan-friendly, gay-friendly (Big Chicks bar joins the space), young friendly, old friendly....hell, it's just a friendly little place that serves a kick ass breakfast.
This place really nails the service side of things. When you sit down, there is a pleasant little pastry plate (2) on your table - ready for your immediate enjoyment if you have been waiting long, or if you slept in a little and arrived famished. Made in-house, it is a basic light sweat bread - no frosting, and not too sweet (think pound cake). Also, it doesn't need butter (plenty in there already) - making it extremely convenient to consume while waiting for your bloody and browsing the menu (sorry for the bite...I was famished). Little touches like this, make me feel like they care.
Our waitress was this sweet, cool, bad-ass rockabilly chick ....she was so great at her job, I was already scheming in my head how I could steal her
. Seriously, she was such a good server, I brought it up several times during conversation to others later in the day - and I find myself addressing it in the opening of my review. She was friendly, cool, calm though very busy, called everyone "sweetie" - but not in a flirting way, just in a cool rockabilly way. Being cool, but not seeming too cool - and being friendly while efficient, rushed, and trying to stay "sharp" is a talent that cannot be taught; you've got it or you don't - and she has got it. Don't remember her name, but Tweet - she's as ASSET.
First up, our drinks: for me - a classic bloody mary and my wife got a blue champagne drink of some sort...Server asked how I liked my bloody (spice level), and I told her I like spicy, but I also wanna taste my food. She understood exactly and served me the perfect level, (exactly) what I ordered. Bloody Mary arrived in a great big chunky glass, that was as fun to drink out of as any margarita glass or giant beer mug.
Along with being fun and oversized, the mug was bursting with fresh greenery, making me feel as though my bloody mary had health benefits in store for me. I had 2....
For our meal, my wife ordered Benedict with hash-browns, and a lovely cup of fresh fruit. I had a GIANT southwestern Cobb salad. Everything they serve here is so fresh, it makes you feel like the fruits and veggies come straight from a farmers market. The fresh fruit cup, which is usually just simple and "afterthought" - was well planned, good variety of fruit, all delicious and abundant in size. It doesn't take a genius to come up with a great fruit cup, but because it's simple it's not always done with any thought...or the fruit is lacking in flavor. I enjoyed half of this at breakfast, and the other half later in the car - still fresh & juicy hours later.
Didn't get a pic of my wife's benedict - but it was very good. Eggs were cooking properly, hollandaise sauce was the perfect texture - rich, together, and complementary of the eggs and well-toasted english muffin beneath. Hash browns came unsalted, which is fine - and easily remedied.
My salad was served in a ridiculous bowl that was intended to be either a) a mixing bowl or (b) a bowl to serve gigantic fresh salads in: tweet uses it for the latter.
Fresh greens, avocado, fresh bacon, corn, red onions, strawberries, blackberries, diced tomatoes, cheddar cheese...WOW
I find most bacon used in salads come from the ends: you can buy belly ends - chunks of pork belly that are left over after slicing bacon - mostly fat, not usually great in quality, but it's what most restaurant use in salads, on burgers, etc. anywhere you don't' want to spend money on full-strip bacon. I can tell you, this was the real-deal bacon. Great texture, thick-cut, not crumbled - but chunks. Made me wanna order a bacon and avocado sandwich....
The dressing was this cilantro-lime vinaigrette that I asked for on the side - but was good enough that tossed would have been fine. Another example of great service, they ask if you'd like your salad tossed or served dressing on the side. They give you ample dressing for your GIANT salad, again well-thought out given the size of the dish. I consumed 1/3 of my salad for brunch, 1/3 later in the day, and sadly 1/3 is still in my fridge days later (busy week).
Prior to leaving, our waitress had another small chat with us - she was great at small talk: knowing what subjects to dive into, and which to leave alone - making references to topics you bring up to make you feel like she's an old friend that knows you well. Prior to leaving she told us it was nice to see us, and she'd see us again soon - not nice to meet you, which seems impersonal/standard, but "nice to see you" making you feel welcome and part of their friends/family circle. We also noticed her pleasantries with other guests, some of which got hugs...all just a jolly ol' time ( I never use that phrase, but I feel it's appropriate for this level of friendliness).
Tweet, Let's Eat ! You get an A+ from me: Service, food, decor, prices, everything was just top notch. We'll be back again, and again, and again...thanks for doing such a great job at what you do.
Tweet, Let's Eat!
5020 N. Sheridan Rd.
Chicago, IL 60640