2152 N. Damen Ave.
Chicago Illinois 60647United States
One bite of the coffee-glazed yeast doughnut and it's clear why The Bristol is a foodie favorite.
Bristol is known for its locally sourced, fresh and creative foods, using the whole-hog approach (one item on the brunch menu when we visited was actually pig's tail). Brunch, served Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. plays by the same rules. The chefs put particular care into their creations, in terms of both flavor and appearance (each dish that left the kitchen had us staring and drooling), and the coffee-glazed yeast doughnut is no exception ($4, brunch only). Made-to-order and served piping hot, the doughnut is picture-perfect, a billowy circle dipped in shiny brown glaze, its hole peeking out of the top like a joey to a kangaroo. The five minutes we gave it to cool down felt like a lifetime, but it was worth the wait. The treat wasn't overly sweet. Instead, it tasted like a nugget of homemade bread, fried and glazed. The innards took a hue of brown -- banana bread colored -- and the wood tray on which it was served classed it up more than any plate could. Next time we come back to The Bristol, we'll start out with the doughnut as an appetizer before moving on to some serious-looking brunch fare.