I fell in love with Beatrix – Chicago well before I experienced the food and the atmosphere. I love it when you see a website with great attention to detail that gets you excited to check it out. I was beyond giddy by the time I actually walked in the door, sat down and took my first bite.
You know when you walk into someplace it just feels right? This was home and beyond. I felt as though it was my everything. My Sunday afternoon hangout, coffee shop, bakery and friend’s really cool loft home. The atmosphere is very inviting with various textures, lighting and spaces. There are great places to sit in cool chairs for a coffee and treat, sipping cocktails and good old fashioned banquets created with real sofas and pillows! Brown tonal woods, brushed metal, glass and fresh greenery hanging from above. The large windows slide open on warm sunny, not too windy days. The light floods the space and makes you feel as if you are sitting on an outdoor roof top deck in the River North neighborhood of Chicago.
This was truly “Ultimate Gluten Free Experience at Beatrix Chicago.” So many choices for Gluten-Free breakfast, brunch, bakery items, lunch, dessert or dinner. Make sure you put this on your list. This is the best Gluten Free Chicago Restaurant! I love chili peppers, dark chocolate, salmon. The salmon was extra moist, the chili chocolate sauce was like a molé. I wanted to take a jar home but nada. The mini corn tortillas were warm, soft and sturdy for just a few bites. I tried everything together and separately. The experience was incredible with every bite. The slaw had citrus, jalapeño, red peppers, radish – slightly sweet yet spicy with a cool, crunch.
I require dark, strong, smooth coffee and it was perfect! They serve locally roasted Intelligentsia and Metropolis. They also offered cream and almond milk as their non-dairy! Yay! Now on to the treats – the bacon was like candy – coated in brown sugar that gave it an extra crunchy-crackleing bite. As if that was not enough… Tall, Dark & Handsome came over to my table to flirt with me. Let’s just say we got along perfectly – dense cake on the bottom, pudding like ganache on top and a side of extra creamy freshly whipped cream. This was the epic closer to an already Ultimate Gluten-Free Experience.
I mentioned this earlier but, the bonus was sitting in a sofa loaded with pillows in the middle of the restaurant so that I could take in everything. Seating is very important to me. I have to be comfortable to enjoy my meal. The pillows were nice to use to support my back and rest after a long morning of walking. There was an outlet close by so I could recharge my iPhone while eating. Love that! It is attention to detail that wins me over every time. Everything was lovely and exciting.
Beatrix opened just recently, the end of June 2013. It is adjoining Aloft Hotel by Starwood. Unfortunately I didn’t have time to check out the hotel but it looked really cool. I know that it is a green hotel. It also offers free Wi-fi, accepts pets, a pool table, workout facility and offers various packages and specials. Next time I think I might just try to stay there because it will make it so easy to go enjoy Beatrix! Beatrix is open daily from 8 AM for breakfast, bakery, coffee, lunch, brunch on the weekends, dinner and bar until midnight. Please go to BeatrixChicago.com for more info. Reserve a table and sign up for their mobile offers for specials.
The staff was so helpful, fun and professional. Bravo! I highly recommend Beatrix Chicago to everyone! You will be so incredibly happy regardless as to what time of day or night you visit.
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