Good Morning Gators!
I was super pumped to go to SOB. My followers know that WHISK is on my list of Top Picks. I’ve reviewed them twice. Rick and David Rodriguez are creating a dining empire one restaurant at a time.
“The opening of WHISK is the realization of a dream for chefs, owners and brothers Rick and David Rodriguez. Both brothers began their careers at age 15. Rick worked his way onto and then up the kitchen line, beginning as a dishwasher and busboy and recently departing as executive chef from Logan Square’s Rocking Horse. David’s career followed a similar path, as he started out as a part-time dishwasher. Over the next ten years as he worked as a line cook, kitchen manager, and eventually chef, David’s passion for food and love of baking took shape.” (Quote was stolen off of their site I’m sure they will forgive me)
We arrived way early due to light Sunday traffic. The time was used to plan an Upcoming road trip back to the breakfast capital of the world Portland Oregon. Stay tuned.
Due to earliness parking was free and easy as in easy and FREE. OK 7:50 time to get going. Pics taken and heading inside.
The interior is clean warm and a touch of industrial. Cool brick floor and a nice Patio.
As usual Coffee and Water. Water is from a bottle on the table and sweeter is served in a jar. I miss the wooden sticks from WHISK though
Wooden stir stick from WHISK
The Coffee was good Strong and a bit complex. Good Job! 9 The music was a mix of genres. from blues to jazz. It fit the venue 8
The menu is a bit big for me but not crazy. Very imaginative. The Chefs have done an outstanding job.
OK lets EAT
BBQ Brisket Hash
BBQ Brisket, chipotle queso sauce, and two any style eggs topped with crispy onions
Served over house potatoes and includes choice of toast
Egg Choice was Sunny Side Up. Toast was Marble Rye.
Eva Delivered the first course.
I do what I always do. Instagram first. Pictures next. Then I start picking and the disassemblidge. Potatoes Great 9 Perfectly seasoned hot and fresh. Usually when you get potatoes first thing in the morning they are yesterdays leftovers. The Chipotle Queso Sauce was on point. Perfect heat level and the perfect compliment 9 The brisket was soft moist unctuous beefy and not over smoked 9 The eggs were a touch under. I liked the addition of the fried onions under the eggs. The toast was good as well. They use the same great bread supplier as the other location. This dish was fantastic 9
Spicy Shrimp Omelette
Egg omelette with chopped Cajun-seasoned gulf shrimp, onions,
bacon, and cheddar cheese topped with chipotle salsa
Substitute house potatoes with frijoles charros, fruit, poblano mac and cheese, or roasted veggies for $3
OK I might as well get it out of the way. Most of you know that most people LOVE macaroni and cheese. I on the other hand am just OK about it. I substituted poblano mac and cheese for the potatoes for my readers. You also know that I am automatically going to complain about the Omelette being overcooked. Rant over.
The Chipotle Salsa? Great The Shrimp? Spicy and Shrimpy. The addition of the bacon was a good match up with the shrimp. Yes it was overcooked but it was tasty all the same. This was a good omelette. I don’t say that very often. 8
Mac And Cheese? As much as I hate to say it, it was great. It was complex enough to hold my interest. It wasn’t just a big cheese glob with some pasta thrown in. I like the Cavatappi Pasta. It’s fun and it holds the sauce. For me it was a creamy dreamy 9 for you it may be a 10
Tinga Hash Shredded chicken in red chipotle sauce, lettuce, sour cream,
tomato queso fresco, and two any style eggs topped with tortilla strips
A flavor Bomb. The pieces (not shredded) of grilled chicken were spicy garlicky smokey and delicious. The chipotle cream was lickable. The poached eggs were a tad under. Winner Winner Tinga Chicken Hash. Well you get it. 9
Now for the Sweet Stuff
Crunchy Bananas Foster French Toast
French toast dipped in Cap’n Crunch cereal topped with bananas
caramelized in bourbon, brown sugar and cinnamon
Just like it sounds. Eggy sweet masterpiece. If I had to pick it would be that it could use a touch more Bourbon and a few seconds longer soak in the custard. You need this. 9
Not on the Menu
House made by Chef David Snickers Cheesecake
My only comment about this one way ticket to Diabetic Coma Town is Jesus H. Tap-dancing Christ. David should NOT be allowed to make this.
Drive over here and jam this in your Cheesecake hole. 9
OK Gators Thats It
A Most Excellent Visit with Rick and Eva at Son Of A Butcher By WHISK. I will be adding them to the Breakfast Gator Top Pick List.
As for me I’m off to my next adventure!
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