Here it is! The bloody last bloody of 2012. To close the year out with pizzazz, we chose wisely, the Storefront Company in Wicker Park.
You must come here, if only for the droolworthy decor. The food and bloodies are bonuses. We stayed so long we were tempted to hire moving vans and set up house. Be forewarned before you visit, Storefront only serves brunch on Sundays.
We wouldn’t say we’ve saved the best for last, but these are some pretty damn interesting, creative bloody marys. There are three on the menu. Just like the restaurant, they’re gorgeous.
For starters, we ordered the Fire and Botanical bloody marys. We equated Fire to a boozy gazpacho. In fact, it’s chunky enough to be finished with a spoon (Not documented, luckily). Accessorized with a salty rim and cooled by a giant ice ball, Fire’s thai chilis and habanero shrub (whatever that is) make the drink live up to its name—one bold, spicy biatch. Plus, it arrived without garnishes. But not lacking.
Next up is the Botanical, one of the most creative bloodies we’ve seen. Also with no garnish. The Botanical also lived up to its name with floral and fruity notes on the palate. A gin-based bloody mary created in two layers. The bottom layer is a traditional bloody mary mix, and the top a rosemary, thyme, lemon and fennel foam. This bloody is smooth and floral. Not typical qualities you’d expect, but we have no complaints.
What’s funny is that we both enjoyed our drinks but wished we had ordered the others’. We also tried the Classic Bloody Mary, which indeed lives up to its name (theme?). It’s classic like a little black dress: something traditional you count on, but nothing you get thrilled about wearing.
The Garden was ordered because the ingredients are akin to a bloody . At first sip, it’s delicious. However, after a few, the overpowering worcestershire sauce turns it into a meat marinade.
Now, let’s chat food. The SF deviled eggs were devoured as a starter. So imaginative. The egg shells are hallowed out and filled with potato crema, yolk and accompanied with caviar and chives. Because we are classy ladies who eat with tiny spoons. The eggs were reminiscent of the best and airiest mashed potatoes you’ve ever had.
We’ve been dabbling with untraditional brunch foods, as evident from the Nellcote fresh spaghetti. Keeping the streak alive, one of The Marys ordered fried rice and eggs. Good, but heavy on the soy sauce and crunchiness. Plus, the coriander-hollandaise and pomegranate-caviar flavors weren’t very loud.
As much as we love brunch, admittedly, neither of us are huge omelette fans. This omelette was savory and interesting with the mingling of blue crab and mascarpone but not remarkable.
Fire: Our rating (scale of 1–5)
Treats: 3 (inside the bloody)
Botanical: Our rating (scale of 1–5)
Treats: 4 (inside the bloody)
Cheers to 2013! Bring on more bloodies!