There are plenty of brunch places in the Ravenswood neighborhood but Marmalade stands out with consistency and a tasty Latin spin on brunch staples. The cozy space inside is bright and airy, with colorful highlights. Getting a seat in any restaurant on a weekend morning during brunch hours can be difficult. At Marmalade, I’ve never had to wait for long for a seat. Even when the cafe and restaurant are packed, the staff does a great job making sure tables turn quickly.
Eggs Benedict is a rich dish by nature but the Mexican take here makes it spicy and bright at the same time. The poached eggs sit atop chorizo, queso fresco, avocado and plantains. Each Mexican inspired ingredient brings the Benedict to another level.
The restaurant also has at least three specials each day. The chalk board written specials often include a well-thought out and special omelette. The potatoes that come on the side of all the omelettes are spicy, tender and simply delicious.
No matter what I choose from Marmalade, the food is always well done and unique. Brunch doesn’t have to be cookie cutter; this place delivers flavor and creativity.