I told myself this past weekend that I really want to venture into the city for brunch. I got a whole list of recommendations from a coworkers for all these awesome spots throughout Chicago and what did I do? I stayed in Evanston for brunch. Whoops! But I was pretty happy that I stumbled upon this gem. The Peckish Pig is right on the border of Roger’s Park and Evanston, but is officially in Evanston proper 😉 and it kicks butt for brunch.
Peckish Pig Brunch Review
Peckish Pig has an awesome ambiance with lots of plush armchairs in their lounge, a central bar, and a huge outdoor patio. Head’s up for dog lovers, this patio isn’t dog friendly 🙁 It’s an enclosed patio that you have to walk through the restaurant to get to, so no puppies for this brunch date. Andy and I sauntered in around noon so it was already pretty packed. We took a seat in the lounge as the outdoor patio and dining room were already full.
As a huge fan of mimosas, I was a bit disappointed that they didn’t have any sort of deal on mimosas or other brunch drinks. So instead, I opted for something that would give me more bang for my buck and got a screwdriver. Andy went for the rotating beer for $4.
The menu is simple but has a great mix of out of the ordinary food choices and classics. Some of the out-of-the-ordinary choices were the smoked platter, potato cakes, kedgeree (Indian curry rice with smoked fish), or a full English breakfast. They have the classics like pancakes (of course, pumpkin), brioche french toast, steak and eggs, etc. They split up their brunch menu into “brunch” choices and also “lunch” choices like burgers and salads.
We were already a bit ravenous heading to brunch so we wanted a starter to tide us over with our drink before we got down to the nitty-gritty. Honestly, I couldn’t choose for the hell of me. I was really torn between the smoked plate and the daily quiche which was a mushroom and pork quiche. Andy wanted the smoked plate, too. So we split that and the quiche, and started with the bread pudding. Yes, we went for dessert first.
Holy delicious! I can’t explain to you how good this was. Seriously, you just need to go and try it for yourself.
My quiche was super tasty and shockingly fluffy. I need to figure out the secret to making my quiches so fluffy and less dense. I also liked that it had a salad with it to finish out the meal. I polished off the whole plate, so I definitely needed the salad.
The smoked plate came with smoked salmon and trout, tomato and onion relish and cream cheese, obviously! It was one of the most fun meals I’ve had in brunch, ever. I’ve never had smoked trout and it was done perfectly. The only downfall is that we needed way more toasts than the two the platter came with 😉 Needless to say, we’ll be back for this plate.
I was chuckling over their Mad Lib version of their review. I made Andy mad lib their fav review, and it might be parallel how weird their favorite review is. Don’t worry we didn’t actually have slugs or snails.
Next time, I’ll be back to try out some of the beers they brew in house and checking out their dinner menu. Even if it’s half as good as brunch, I’ll still love it.
Peckish Pig. 623 Howard St, Evanston, IL 60202. 847.491.6778.
What is your brunch weakness?