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Birchwood Kitchen

(Now Closed)
Breakfast Spot and Sandwich Place$$$$
Bucktown, Chicago
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  • narni
    narniSeptember 30, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Recently renovated both the interior and the menu - a sprucing up of an already amazing establishment. They no longer offer the same pastries regularly (like the amazing carrot cake) but we'll live.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMay 13, 2013
    Croque Vert: Featured exclusively on the weekend brunch menu, this is a locavore's delight of market vegetables and Gruyere cheese pressed between crisp, fresh slices of sourdough bread.
  • Matt G.
    Matt GodlewskiSeptember 29, 2013
    Sunday brunch heaven! Our ticket got messed up in the kitchen so our food took longer then expected but it was worth the wait. They were nice enough to comp. us for the mistake. Worth a second trip.
  • Redeye Chicago
    Redeye ChicagoAugust 3, 2014
    A knock-out white bean burger ($8), a smart play on a traditional black bean patty that packs in the vitamins courtesy of mushroom conserva and spinach. Order it minus the aioli and it's 100% vegan Read more
  • Mayalin B.
    Mayalin BarrJuly 28, 2013
    Why's everyone so nice here?! Definitely a spot to check out for brunch if you're in Chicago. Its affordable, filling, and yummy! Try the baked french toast!
  • mc.
    mc.September 28, 2013
    quaint/charming eatery! greeted by friendly host/escorted to delightful seating area outdoors. (strings of garden lanterns! LoVe) treat yourself to a cookie after sampling the terrific brunch specials
  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago TribuneFebruary 25, 2015
    The pickled beets featured in the goat sandwich also play a role on the pickle plate which highlights pickled carrots, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower. Read more
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoNovember 2, 2011
    A brunch plate of smoked salmon features creamy Zingerman’s goat cheese and lamb is sliced onto a baguette. Try the turkey burger with chipotle-sage aioli and a salmon burger with pickled ginger. Read more
  • Jan W.
    Jan W.April 10, 2015
    Lovely place for a delicious breakfast. Try the avocado grapefruit toast or the breakfast sandwich with bacon. The cappuccino wasn't that good.
  • Aysem B.
    Aysem BilginJuly 15, 2012
    Grilled mozzarella sandwich and waffle with fresh fruits. OMG! The greatest breakfast so far in Chicago. The crew also deserves kudos for their smiling faces and amazing services. Thank you guys! ✌☺
  • Madeline G.
    Madeline GullettAugust 1, 2015
    Not a ton of vegan options. But they're food is so fresh and seems like it's all homemade. I loved the seasonal veggie sandwich! Yummy bread 🍞
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoOctober 17, 2011
    A brunch plate of smoked salmon features creamy Zingerman’s goat cheese and lamb is sliced onto a baguette. Try the turkey burger with chipotle-sage aioli and a salmon burger with pickled ginger.
  • Liz W.
    Liz W.August 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The croque vert and the daily quiche special is AMAZING- I am completely in love with this place and as sad as I am to see it get more and more popular, I'm happy for the proprietors!
  • Heather S.
    Heather ScottJuly 9, 2012
    Excellent. The PLT sandwich is delicious! Great outdoor seating which feels very rustic and intimate. Can't wait to go back!
  • Kooter
    KooterAugust 8, 2014
    Everything here is so good! The bread is everything. Their pickled garnish is delicious on everything. Whenever the vegetable po' boy is on the menu, order it!
  • ZocDoc
    ZocDocOctober 20, 2011
    Their chicken salad with chipotle sage dressing and cilantro pesto is delicious. They’re big on sustainability and local produce, which is definitely something we can get behind. Enjoy!
  • CollegeFashionista
    CollegeFashionistaJanuary 14, 2014
    Birchwood Kitchen has fresh ingredients and their specials change according to what is in season. It has a neighborhood feel and relaxed, ideal for a slow weekend.
  • Erin B.
    Erin BurkeNovember 2, 2014
    Amazing eggs in pumpkin mole sauce special and the vanilla butter came along with the best scone of my life. Lived up to the hype!
  • Mathias B.
    Mathias BeckerJuly 23, 2013
    Awesome Place!!! Try the goat cheese or gruyere sandwiches with the garden herbs lemonade - awesome!
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 9, 2011
    Friendly neighborhood sandwich shop featuring one of the best weekend brunches in the city. Added bonus: it's BYOB, which means mimosas for all!
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoNovember 2, 2011
    The brunch here is so good—and so affordable—that we're beginning to consider the shaded back patio more as our personal backyard. Read more
  • Sydney F.
    Sydney FriedmanMarch 20, 2013
    The bagel with goat cheese was Delish, and the cauliflower salad was unreal!! The service was amazing- so so friendly!
  • Kara K.
    Kara KJanuary 11, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    nicest staff ever. consistently delicious and often comforting food. fighting for the top slot in my favorite chicago restaurants list.
  • Simone S.
    Simone SilvaDecember 13, 2014
    Awesome vibe... Great food... Staff is friendly but service can be slow in busy hours.... Free coffee while you're waiting
  • Wendy A.
    Wendy AlasFebruary 29, 2012
    Saturday and Sunday - their brunch is to die for. Madam Croque and Breakfast Sandwich are the best of the best!
  • Agnes L.
    Agnes LiouApril 9, 2010
    Brunch is fantastic! Had the sweet potato waffles last time, utterly amazing. Because I couldn't decided between the waffle and carrot soup, the owner gave me a cup on the house, so nice :)
  • Chad B.
    Chad BellSeptember 30, 2015
    Good food and nice staff, but you've gotta have a reeeeelly high tolerance for the stroller set to enjoy this place.
  • Dave G.
    Dave GreenbaumSeptember 29, 2013
    Important; you must order at the counter, but put your name in for a table. Many people her confused its bit just you. There is NO ordering at the table
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoOctober 19, 2011
    The brunch here is so good—and so affordable—that we're beginning to consider the shaded back patio more as our personal backyard.
  • Brennan K.
    Brennan KnottsMarch 10, 2012
    Very likely the best burger I've ever had. I got the Bacon cheddar burger. Sesame broccoli was awesome too.
  • Sara S.
    Sara StubblefieldSeptember 20, 2011
    Really cute cafe, used to be Cold Comfort and loved it then as well. Great service and amazing Belgian waffles!!
  • Jason W.
    Jason WhitleySeptember 8, 2011
    Hot turkey sandwich with salad... SO delicious and satisfying. Very friendly service, too. Highly recommend this place.
  • Georgia M.
    Georgia McKayOctober 1, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Sweetest staff you've ever met, outrageously good lemon shortbread bars, and just a nice place to spend a Saturday morning.
  • Miss W.
    Miss WJanuary 10, 2012
    The best club sandwich I've had in a long time! You must try the lemon bars. Its a great spot.
  • Colin M.
    Colin McRobertsJuly 9, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Best breakfast/brunch in Bucktown, and fantastic friendly people eating and working here.
  • Matt G.
    Matt GalliganAugust 7, 2011
    Brunchtime? Do the Croque Madame. Toasted ham and cheese sandwich with a perfect friend egg on top. Tasty!
  • Kelly O.
    Kelly O.April 19, 2013
    The staff is so nice and the food is amazing. Great lunch spot - 5 stars!
  • Mark B.
    Mark BurstinerAugust 7, 2014
    Great croque madame, well cooked eggs, reasonable prices, nice back patio.
  • Janet
    JanetAugust 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Breakfast sandwich every time. Get the blood orange juice when they have it. They do a great job with to-go orders.
  • Jared I.
    Jared IngersolOctober 26, 2013
    Very nice place. The staff is wonderful & the owner, Judd, is a great guy
  • Luis G.
    Luis GonzalezJuly 14, 2013
    Great place to have brunch :) I recommend the quiche... Is awesome
  • Joe C.
    Joe CarpitaJune 2, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The Madame Croquet is a sandwich I could live off of for every meal.
  • Joe M.
    Joe MooreMarch 18, 2012
    Try the potroast sandwich on the winter menu. Best sandwich I've ever had.
  • Andrew J.
    Andrew JarvisMarch 3, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Everything Birchwood Kitchen does is perfection. Their attention to detail and customer service is unmatched. Current favorite: the duck sandwhich.
  • Daniel B.
    Daniel BernardoNovember 15, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Great teas and sandwiches! Get the veggie sandwich -- it has the bomb cashew butter on it!
  • Cecile P.
    Cecile PhanAugust 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The outdoor patio is lovely! Make sure to take advantage in the summer
  • Sheniqua F.
    Sourdough waffle is light, airy and delightfully crisp.
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableJune 14, 2012
    Stock your pantry with stellar tumeric-pickled cauliflower, dill-pickled wax beans and gingery beets: Read more
  • Jamco Creative
    Jamco CreativeJanuary 15, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    best sandwiches in the city. menu changes seasonally, featuring loads of local and sustainable product. great people workin' the place, too. Read more
  • Nick R.
    Nick RosaJuly 13, 2010
    You wont ever want another Tuna melt after having the one here...Not to mention their staff is actually the best in the city
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