TWO is a West Town restaurant inspired by family-run butcher shops, and it has been on my radar for a very long time. A couple Sundays ago we finally made it to TWO to try their new Sunday brunch. The menu uses locally sourced ingredients to create food that is both seasonal and on-trend.
We loved TWO’s take on brunch. The small menu focuses on carefully crafted entrees instead of offering long lists of different omelettes, benedicts, and pancakes which seem to be common at other restaurants. Charles commented that it pushes you out of your comfort zone in a good way.
We kicked our meal off with an Americano for Charles and a Strawberry Mimosa for me. The menu has three different mimosa options, and I always love to try something other than the classic orange juice version.
I ordered the Chilaquiles which came with tender pork and tortilla chips drowned in a spicy sauce topped with a poached egg and avocado mousse.
While Chilaquiles have been popular in Chicago for a couple of years now, I liked how TWO’s version was loaded with big chunks of pork, and how they didn’t hold back on the spice level.
Charles had Lobster Toast, which consisted of sourdough topped with chunks of fresh lobster, and a poached egg. And as always, we shared a side of bacon. All of TWO’s bacon, sausage, and sauces are made in house, which means that the food has flavors totally unique to TWO.
Then the kitchen sent out fresh warm cinnamon buns with a gooey caramel sauce. The portion was just the right size, and while I always order savory brunches, I do love getting to finish my brunch with a taste of something sweet.
TWO’s brunch is definitely worth checking out. The menu is always changing, and sure to include some less typical options. TWO’s large space paired with the fact they take reservations makes it an ideal place for groups. Just make sure that you are really clear that the restaurant’s name is TWO and that brunch isn’t at 2 o’clock.
TWO’s address is 1132 West Grand Avenue. They serve brunch on Sundays, and they do accept reservations.