2011 W. Roscoe Ave.
Chicago Illinois 60618United States
This Chicago hot spot for brunch -- the home of pancake flights and frushi -- has five Chicago locations and one in Glenview.
Wicker Park's Orange is a place that is as bright and sunny as its name. On Sundays, you can wait for an hour or more for a table at the ultracasual spot (some patrons shuffle in wearing T-shirts and pajama bottoms). Frushi -- slices of mango, watermelon and nectarines trimmed and rolled to look like sushi -- are a specialty here ($2.50 for the first serving, $1.50 for seconds). Fruit is clearly a theme here: Oranges even flavor the coffee. The mix is unusual, but it works. The coffee beans are infused with (natural) orange flavoring during the roasting process, so the taste seems like an authentic part of the coffee -- not a shot-of-syrup afterthought. There are dozens of fresh-made juices on the menu, and you can mix them any way you like. For instance banana/carrot/canteloupe/strawberry blend ($4.50) that tastes like liquid candy. Other local favorites include pan-seared oatmeal, triangles of steel-cut oats drizzled with apple cider ($8.95) and Green Eggs and Ham, scrambled eggs with pesto, ham, tomatoes and mozzarella. It's a savory contrast to the juice's sweetness.