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WHISK Chicago V2.0

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Good morning Gators

Some of you sharp eyed Gators may have picked up on the fact that I have reviewed WHISK before. Well some of the reasons are that there has been a menu change, more art, and Al Fresco dining. The big reason though is because I love the place and the Owners David and Rick Rodriguez. It’s my Blog. I go where I want.

2 hours in traffic but I pulled up in front of the place about 6 minutes to open. (They open at 7) I paid the parking robot, put the ticket on the dash, grabbed my camera bag, and off I went.Whisk Exterior W

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WHISK Chicago Exterior
WHISK Chicago
Exterior.   Hey thats me in the door!

 

WHISK Chicago Exterior
WHISK Chicago
Exterior

 

WHISK Chicago Exterior
WHISK Chicago
Exterior

 

Big Letters Big Utensils Small Place.

Sonya Greeted me warmly as I walked in. I put my stuff down and started to take pictures. (Sonya if I spelled your name wrong let me know)

The Artwork is provided by local artists and changes. The current Ron Swanson   Motif    10    LINK   is going away the end of the month. The art will be auctioned off and the profits are going to the Greater Chicago Food Depository   LINK    10   

WHISK Chicago Interior
WHISK Chicago
Interior

 

WHISK Chicago Interior
WHISK Chicago
Interior

 

WHISK Chicago Interior
WHISK Chicago
Interior

 

WHISK Chicago Special announcement board
WHISK Chicago
Special announcement board

 

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WHISK Chicago
Interior

 

WHISK Chicago Interior
WHISK Chicago
Interior

 

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WHISK Chicago
Interior

 

WHISK Chicago Interior
WHISK Chicago
Interior

 

WHISK Chicago Mug Cabinet
WHISK Chicago
Mug Cabinet

 

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WHISK Chicago
Interior  You know I hate Community Dining

 

WHISK Chicago Interior
WHISK Chicago
Interior

 

WHISK Chicago Exterior
WHISK Chicago
Ron Swanson Quote

 

WHISK Chicago Ron Swanson Wall Art
WHISK Chicago
Ron Swanson Wall Art

 

WHISK Chicago Ron Swanson Tissue Box
WHISK Chicago
Ron Swanson Tissue Box

 

WHISK Chicago Ron Swanson Quote
WHISK Chicago
Ron Swanson Quote

 

As I was finishing up my artistic endeavors who should appear out of the kitchen but the MAN himself. David Rodriguez (I forgot to take his picture so I have no proof) I gave him a handshake and a hug whether he wanted one or not. we talked awhile about restrauntie type stuff then David proudly showed me the Patio work in progress. It’s very cute and when the weather gets better it will be a great place to dine. I took a few pics and we went back inside.

WHISK Chicago CUTE Patio
WHISK Chicago
CUTE Patio

 

WHISK Chicago CUTE Patio
WHISK Chicago
CUTE Patio

 

WHISK Chicago CUTE Patio
WHISK Chicago
CUTE Patio

 

WHISK Chicago CUTE Patio
WHISK Chicago
CUTE Patio

 

WHISK Chicago CUTE Patio
WHISK Chicago
CUTE Patio

 

We talked a little more shop talk then I thought that I really must be taking up too much of his time and probably boring him so I excused him. I went back up front and got situated. Sonya brought me a Coffee which is a Custom blend for them. Dark and Strong   8    Along with the Coffee Stick. I love this.   10    It’s brilliant. You don’t have to use your spoon for your Coffee.

WHISK Chicago Coffee and Stick
WHISK Chicago
Coffee and Stick

 

Also on the table is a WHISK designer box that holds your flatware, Condiments, extra napkins and a peppermill YES a peppermill.    10    These are the things that get points with me.

WHISK Chicago Table Box
WHISK Chicago
Table Box

WHISK is clean, carpet free, and has 60’s Pop Rock music playing in the background   10 10 and 9

OK Time To Order

The breakfast menu is fairly short. YAY

I knew that I wanted either Corned Beef or Pulled Pork but couldn’t decide. Sonya decided for me. Corned Beef with Sunny Side Up Eggs. Yes it’s true Gators I did it again.

 

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

 

Might as well start right off with the Eggs. Well they were nearly perfect. Yes Gators Unicorns DO Exist. Great Job David.   9    The best rating that I’ve ever given for Sunny Side Up Eggs. Excuse me a moment, I feel a tear coming on.

The Potato Cubes were crisp on the outside and tender on the inside.  The Onions, Green Red and Yellow Bell Peppers were tender Crisp. I really dislike Green Bell Peppers but they are a traditional Hash ingredient.   8     The cheese was cheesy. The Beef was Beefy, Salty and well seasoned.  This was one of the best hashes I’ve had   9     Oh and the Rye bread and house made Jam were delicious.

WHISK Chicago Corned Beef Hash Expertly cooked SS Up Egg
WHISK Chicago
Corned Beef Hash
Expertly cooked SS Up Egg
WHISK Chicago Corned Beef Hash
WHISK Chicago
Corned Beef Hash
WHISK Chicago Corned Beef Hash
WHISK Chicago
Corned Beef Hash
WHISK Chicago Corned Beef Hash
WHISK Chicago
Corned Beef Hash

There was a Watermelon Slice. Hey it’s not an Orange.

WHISK Chicago Watermelon Slice
WHISK Chicago
Watermelon Slice

 

I was trying to decide between Crab Cakes or Shrimp and Grits. Sonya said Grits so Grits it is.

 

DAVID’S SPECIAL
Sautéed garlic shrimp, bacon, mushrooms, scallions, wine and cream sauce served over cheesy grits

 

My first concern for my order was artistic. I expected that it wouldn’t be good for pictures. I was right.

Grits are just ground up dried corn. They don’t really taste like much. It’s all about the prep. Shrimp are bottom feeding water bugs that don’t taste like much. It’s all about the prep. These  make for a blank canvas that artists can create beautiful art with if they have the talent or a piece of crap if they can’t draw a straight line like me.  David took these bland Items and turned out a masterpiece. He is the Renoir of Grits.

Sonya came over and set the bowl down. The incredible aroma wafted up to greet me. I couldn’t wait to dig in but I had to take pics and notes first. It was agony.

The cream sauce sublime. The Bacon a good addition and I’m about baconed out. The Shrimp were seasoned. David has a handle on layers of flavors. They were a touch overcooked which I blame on the Hot Grits. Speaking of Grits. The Grits were silky smooth and full of flavor. I haven’t decided yet if these were the best grits that I’ve ever had. They may have been.   9    They were so good that the Shrimp were actually not necessary.

Don’t let the crummy pictures fool you. These Grits are Amazing

WHISK Chicago David's Special Grits with Shrimp
WHISK Chicago
David’s Special
Grits with Shrimp
WHISK Chicago David's Special Grits with Shrimp
WHISK Chicago
David’s Special
Grits with Shrimp
WHISK Chicago David's Special Grits with Shrimp Sweetner Butler for Scale
WHISK Chicago
David’s Special
Grits with Shrimp
Sweetner Butler for Scale

 

SNICKERS STUFFED FRENCH TOAST
Two slices of Texas toast filled with Snickers chocolate, served with white chocolate sauce

When Sonya Suggested it I fully expected that this was going to be a letdown. The words French Toast bring feelings of joy and dismay to me. Properly made it’s a near religious experience. Done wrong, like nearly all places do, it’s criminal.  This was a tough call. The french toast part of this was about 80% right for me. It wasn’t your normal un soaked bread but it wasn’t quite there for me either. It needed a bit longer. BUT the saving grace was the rest of it. The Snicker part was right on and the White Chocolate Creme Anglaise style sauce was Yummylicious.  The Mint Sprig was Minty and Spriggy. This deal was a Strong   8    teetering on a 9   It could be an easy push over.

 

It’s A SNOWSTORM of Flavor

Whisk Chicago Snickers French Toast
Whisk Chicago
Snickers French Toast
Whisk Chicago Snickers French Toast
Whisk Chicago
Snickers French Toast
Whisk Chicago Snickers French Toast
Whisk Chicago
Snickers French Toast
Whisk Chicago Snickers French Toast
Whisk Chicago
Snickers French Toast
Whisk Chicago Snickers French Toast I ate almost all of it. I'm disgusting
Whisk Chicago
Snickers French Toast
I ate almost all of it.
I’m disgusting

 

See This? It’s a leftover bag. Something I generally have NO interest in. Not true at WHISK.

WHISK Chicago Leftovers
WHISK Chicago
Leftovers

 

OK That’s it Gators

A great visit at a great place.

WHISK is A Breakfast Gator Top Pick

Get in your Whip or your Hooptie and get down there. If you don’t you are going to regret it. Your’e welcome.

 

As for Me I’m off to my next Adventure

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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
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WHISK Chicago Interior
WHISK Chicago
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WHISK Chicago Interior
WHISK Chicago
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WHISK Chicago Interior
WHISK Chicago
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WHISK Chicago Interior
WHISK Chicago
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WHISK Chicago Interior
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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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