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Happy Valentines Day Gators!

Happy Valentines Day Gators!
Happy Valentines Day Gators!

We arrived at WHISK early as usual so listening to tunes in the BREKFST mobile was in order. WHISK opens at 7 YAY! You know how I hate those City places that don’t open till 9.

OK 6:55 and I’m ready to go. I check the door and it’s OPEN. I’m very happy about this. I’ve been to several places that didn’t open till 8 or 10 minutes past when they were supposed to.

WHISK Chicago
WHISK Chicago

 

As soon as I stepped through the red breezeway door I knew I was in for something out of the ordinary. To the left is A giant fork and whisk.

WHISK Chicago Giant fork and whisk
WHISK Chicago
Giant fork and whisk

To the right is a Ron Swanson art gallery.

WHISK Chicago Ron Swanson Art Gallery
WHISK Chicago
Ron Swanson Art Gallery

Who is Ron Swanson? for those not in the know click the link that follows to find out.   WHO IS RON SWANSON?

WHISK Chicago Interior
WHISK Chicago
Interior
WHISK Chicago Interior
WHISK Chicago
Interior
WHISK Chicago Interior
WHISK Chicago
Interior
WHISK Chicago Interior
WHISK Chicago
Interior
WHISK Chicago Interior
WHISK Chicago
Interior
WHISK Chicago Interior
WHISK Chicago
Interior
WHISK Chicago Interior
WHISK Chicago
Interior
WHISK Chicago Interior Wall of Fame
WHISK Chicago
Interior Wall of Fame
WHISK Chicago Giant Ron Swanson
WHISK Chicago
Giant Ron Swanson

 

We were first to arrive. Normally I take a spot by a window for photographic purposes but this place is somewhat of a cave. The lighting is low and no windows. I apologize in advance for the lack of pop in my pictures. All of that said let me tell you that WHISK is at the top of the heap in unusual decor. It’s a crazy mix of styles and art. No carpet   10   60’s-70’s music   9   

Coffee is ordered and served.   7   It was supplied with a stick. An unusual and interesting move.It took me awhile to figure out why they would do this.  I normally end up using my spoon in my coffee so I hate to use it for anything else. The simple addition of a stick to the mix eliminates me sacrificing my spoon.   10

WHISK Chicago Coffee and Stick
WHISK Chicago
Coffee and Stick

  

Water is Corked and ready   9   and water jars are on hand.

WHISK Chicago Water Bottle
WHISK Chicago
Water Bottle and Jars

The menu is shortish   8   You know I hate extensive menus. The menu is also decorated with a Sugar Skull.

WHISK Chicago Menu with Sugar Skull Watermark
WHISK Chicago
Menu with Sugar Skull Watermark

It didn’t take too long to make a decision…

1st up

BRISKET HASH
House-braised beef brisket, bell peppers, fresh jalapeños, onion, and chard served on top of house potatoes, topped with two eggs any style and pepper jack cheese sauce, and choice of toast

Let’s talk TOAST.

START Rant– I like my toast toasted well. I know this is a personal choice. I also like my toast pre buttered. This is a controversial topic. almost as controversial as whether the toilet paper should roll from the top or the bottom of the roll. (TOP of course) It never fails. you get unbuttered  toast from the kitchen and by the time you get it it’s not hot enough to melt the butter so this is what you end up with.  Cold toast and unmelted butter. Sadness. I think that you should be offered buttered toast.– END Rant.

I need to point out in WHISK’s defense the bread that they used for the two kinds of toast that I got was of great quality.   8   for the bread quality  3   for the cool light toast.

WHISK Chicago Cool Toast that could be toasted darker.
WHISK Chicago
Cool Toast that could be toasted darker.
WHISK Chicago UNmelted Butter Sadness
WHISK Chicago
UNmelted Butter Sadness

Enough about toast already!

The house made brisket was good.   8   It was seasoned well and tender. I could have used a bit more of it. The eggs were undercooked and a bit waterlogged   5   The veggies were tasty and seasoned properly   8   Overall a good and tasty dish   8   

WHISK Chicago Brisket Hash
WHISK Chicago
Brisket Hash
WHISK Chicago Brisket Hash
WHISK Chicago
Brisket Hash
WHISK Chicago Brisket Hash
WHISK Chicago
Brisket Hash

BIG props WHISK. NO sneeze powder (pre ground black pepper) Instead it was replaced with a salt/pepper mill.   9

WHISK Chicago Pepper Mill
WHISK Chicago
Pepper Mill

 

NEXT

AZTEC OMELETTE
Egg omelette with corn, avocado, chihuahua cheese, bell peppers, jalapenos and onions served with house potatoes and your choice of toast

ADD Grits

The grits were good smooth creamy cheesy salty   8   

The Omelette was decent.    7   

 

WHISK Chicago Aztec Omelette
WHISK Chicago
Aztec Omelette
WHISK Chicago Aztec Omelette
WHISK Chicago
Aztec Omelette
WHISK Chicago Aztec Omelette
WHISK Chicago
Aztec Omelette

 

And Finally

REESE’S PANCAKES
Banana pancakes with Reese’s chocolate pieces covered with white chocolate sauce, fresh bananas and mocha mascarpone whipping cream

I expected not to like this. I was wrong. I was expecting this to be a Diabetes inducing sugar bomb I was wrong again. Yes it was sweet but not overly. It was chocolaty Peanut Buttery Bananaee and a touch Salty. A decadent    8

WHISK Chicago Reese's PB Pancakes
WHISK Chicago
Reese’s  Pancakes
WHISK Chicago Reese's Pancakes
WHISK Chicago
Reese’s Pancakes
WHISK Chicago Reese's Pancakes
WHISK Chicago
Reese’s Pancakes
WHISK Chicago Reese's Pancakes
WHISK Chicago
Reese’s Pancakes

 

This was a great outing. I had a talk with David the co owner, and his big brother Rick also stopped by to see if everything went well. A couple really nice young guys that are brave for going up against the burgeoning Chicago restaurant scene. Get over there and pay them a delecious visit. You’ll be glad that you did!

As for me I’m off to my next adventure

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