Yesterday I died and went to heaven came back to life and then ate one of the most delicious meals I've ever had.
I had brunch at Batter & Berries (2748 N. LincolnAvenue). I tried to eat there with my girlfriends over the holiday weekend but the wait was an hour and half so we went elsewhere.
One of my girlfriends who had eaten at Batter & Berries before suggested we try on a weekday when it was less crowded because the food was to die for. Girlfriend wasn't lying'.
After an audition I decided to celebrate a job well done with a trip to Batter & Berries. Even on a Tuesday they were filled to the brim with customers but I was able to get a seat at an island in the middle of the restaurant.
Usually I don't like to be sat with people I don't know but their full plates of mouth watering food helped me set aside my concerns. As my waiter listed the specials my response was," I think I'm going to cry."
Every food option he described topped the other. Egg whites with smoked Gouda and crab, Lobster Benedict, Gingerbread French Toast. Say wha?
I bonded with the other customers seated at my island due to the cheery atmosphere in the restaurant and my hopes that they'd let me taste their entrees. We shared a general sense of joy about the food, talked about our families, our children, neck pain and our hopes for the future.
Then my glorious food arrived. After my first bite of the crab drenched in butter with onions and cheese I had to hold back a holla.
I wanted to shake the woman next to me and yell, "Oh my God that's delicious. Slap me! Just slap me!" I didn't.
I texted my girlfriends pictures of my food. Yes, I was one of those people. I wanted to jump up and down. I was giddy.
The restaurant hosted a lively and diverse crowd. There were black people and white people, Latino people; young people and old.
Nobody was grumpy or complaining about their order. I swear the owners were pumping happy gas through the vents.
Batter and Berries was recently on the show Check, please! The waiter in the video was my waiter! Turns out the man who refilled my coffee is the owner! It's like I met Elvis!
There's a song in the musical Wicked with this lyric:
Who can say if I’ve been changed for the better?
I do believe I have been changed for the better
Because I knew you
I have been changed
Those words sum up how I feel about Batter & Berries.
I receive no compensation for plugging this establishment. Since dark times are competing with light times these days I want to spread joy whenever I can.Batter and Berries is joy on a plate.
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