Bongo Room Chicago Illinois

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This Review is for the Wicker Park Location

Good Morning Gators. Bongo Room opens in the middle of the Damn Day! 9am!

I should have looked earlier. I went to go in at 5 to 9 and a line was forming. You KNOW how I hate to be late getting in.

Bongo Room Chicago Exterior 8:55 and the line is forming
Bongo Room Chicago
Exterior
8:55 and the line is forming
Bongo Room Chicago Schoolhouse Chic
Bongo Room Chicago
Schoolhouse Chic

Only window spot available. THE BENCH. You Gators know that I hate the bench.

Bongo Room Chicago THE BENCH
Bongo Room Chicago
THE BENCH

Actually I was OK with it this time. The bench wasn’t connected to another table so I was fine.

Water and Intelligentsia Coffee   8   Sweetners in a ceramic pint strawberry box   CUTENESS

Bongo Room Chicago Ceramic Strawberry Box
Bongo Room Chicago
Ceramic Strawberry Box
Bongo Room Chicago Mug
Bongo Room Chicago
Mug

 

Non Carpeted Floor Old Schoolhouse Chic interior 80’s Music   8   

I had already checked out the menu online. The reason for going on the weekend is because Bongo Room like other places such as Cafe Luna have an abbreviated menu during the week.

OK let’s rock and lobster roll

Deconstructed Lobster Roll Benedict

Usually when a restaurant uses the word “deconstructed” it usually means that whatever you end up with on your plate is not going to resemble the thing that they are deconstructing in ANY way plus it annoys me plus it’s so 10 years ago. Run on sentence.

HOLY $#!% this was DELICIOUS!

Classic Lobster Roll Hot Dog Style Lobster Bun, Mayonnaisey Old Baysie Lobster Filling, Perfectly Cooked in plastic wrap Poached Eggs, and insane Hollandaise Sauce. An almost unheard of Breakfast Gator   9!   This was one of the best dishes that I’ve had in awhile. Oh and the house potatoes are good too   8   

Bongo Room Chicago Lobster Roll Benedict
Bongo Room Chicago
Lobster Roll Benedict
Bongo Room Chicago Lobster Roll Benedict
Bongo Room Chicago
Lobster Roll Benedict
Bongo Room Chicago Lobster Roll Benedict
Bongo Room Chicago
Lobster Roll Benedict
Bongo Room Chicago Lobster Roll Benedict
Bongo Room Chicago
Lobster Roll Benedict

 

The mistake I made was ordering that first. I knew that nothing was going to measure up. At the recommendation of our server Maria the next item up was a Breakfast Burrito with Sausage. It was served with Ancho Chili Sour cream and house made salsa. Oh and House Potatoes. The Sausage was tasty, The wrap was decent, Scrambled eggs (Don’t get me started) and Jack Cheese. A High   7   

Bongo Room Chicago Breakfast Burrito with Sausage
Bongo Room Chicago
Breakfast Burrito with Sausage
Bongo Room Chicago Breakfast Burrito with Sausage
Bongo Room Chicago
Breakfast Burrito with Sausage
Bongo Room Chicago Breakfast Burrito with Sausage
Bongo Room Chicago
Breakfast Burrito with Sausage

Sweets for the Sweet

Maria said that you could order the sweet stuff Ala Carte so the Cart I Ordered.

Cinnamon Raisin Brioche French Toast

Delicious. Vanilla Bean Cream is Devine   8   But they still get

The Dreaded Alton Brown How to make French Toast LINK

They get it because the interior of the bread was dry. I swear, The only place that knows how to make french toast is JAM in Logan Square.

Bongo Room Chicago Cinnamon Raisin Brioche French Toast
Bongo Room Chicago
Cinnamon Raisin Brioche French Toast
Bongo Room Chicago Cinnamon Raisin Brioche French Toast
Bongo Room Chicago
Cinnamon Raisin Brioche French Toast

 

White Chocolate and Carmel Pretzel Pancake

(In your best Pee Wee Voice) PRETZELY

The pancakes are very dense and really do taste like pretzels. The toppings are ok. An overall   7

Bongo Room Chicago White Chocolate and Carmel Pretzel Pancake
Bongo Room Chicago
White Chocolate and Carmel Pretzel Pancake
Bongo Room Chicago White Chocolate and Carmel Pretzel Pancake
Bongo Room Chicago
White Chocolate and Carmel Pretzel Pancake

  

 

Apple Hotcake

Another Dense pancake with some mandolin thin sliced apples built in topped with a scoop of maple flavored mascarpone cheese. The Cheese is delicious. Overall an   8

Bongo Room Apple Hotcake
Bongo Room
Apple Hotcake
Bongo Room Apple Hotcake
Bongo Room
Apple Hotcake

 

The service was a mixed bag. The place was jammed so I get part of it. Maria was good but There were 3 other servers involved and none of them seemed to quite know what was happening. Initially Coffee was hard to come by but got better as time went on.

So to wrap up Bongo room I will say that go for the food especially the savory stuff.  This place was worth the drive just for the Lobster Roll Bene.Want something sweet? Go see the Rodriguez Brothers at WHISK and get some Reeses Pancakes. You’ll thank Me and Them

As for me I’m off to my next Adventure!

 

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