Remember when I was talking about getting brunch with the girls this past weekend? (And by girls, I mean Blair, Shaheen, Lauren, Maya, Emily, Kelly, Kit, Erin, and Jenn!) I wanted to share a recap about our experience at Cindy’s Rooftop! Cindy’s is the restaurant at the top of the Chicago Athletic Association hotel, which is one of my favorite hotels in Chicago. We hadn’t all gotten together as a big group in a long time, so Kelly made us a reso on DINE and the rest was history.
Now–I have to admit, I was a little hesitant to go here during the winter because I didn’t think it would be nearly as cool as it was during the summer. (They have an amazing patio with fire pits literally made for sipping rosé.) But it was such a beautiful day, it actually felt like summer inside! Every corner of the restaurant is gorgeous.
We had so much fun, we stayed for FOUR HOURS. (Who does that?!) I mean, when you’re having fun time flies, right?
We started out with coffee and cocktails–they had really great spicy bloody marys and Mimosas! Then it was time to order food. The majority of their menu (both for brunch and for dinner) is shared platters, so you each platter feeds 3-4 people.
We pretty much wanted to order everything, but decided on the following:
Salt & Pepper Biscuits: We got a couple orders of biscuits to start and they were the BEST biscuits I’ve ever tasted. OH my goodness. They came with delicious strawberry preserves and spicy honey. (I’m so hungry just thinking about them now.)
Cast Iron Chilaquiles: This was our favorite dish of them all. It was really delicious! If you like Chilaquiles, you definitely can’t go wrong ordering this dish! It has chorizo, fresh corn, charred scallions, salsa verde and sunny side up eggs.
French Toast: Cinnamon Raison Brioche, vanilla creme fraiche, caramelized pineapple, and barrel-aged maple syrup.
Cast Iron Quiche Lorraine: Caramelized onions, gruyere, and a frisee salad. This was very delicious but very rich. To be totally honest I wasn’t wild about the texture, it was REALLY light and custardy, so this was my least favorite thing–but other people liked it!
Croque Madame: Essentially savory french toast with bacon, gruyere, mornay, fried eggs and this delicious frisee salad. I really love croque madames, so I really liked this as well!
If you’re looking for a fun new place to try for brunch, or dinner, I would highly recommend Cindy’s! Their game room downstairs is also a must-do. I only stopped in the elevator to take a peek, but I’m dying to go back for a drink.