Like cartoon sound effects and open-heart surgery, breakfast and lunch are better when combined. Feast upon a compatible combination with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $24 worth of comfort food and brunch fare on Saturday or Sunday, or $28 worth on Monday through Friday, at Kitsch’n on Roscoe, open winters from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., seven days a week, except certain holidays.
Jon Young, Kitsch’n on Roscoe’s owner and chef, puts a gourmet twist on comfort fare as he crafts uncommon brunch and lunch menus. Lauded by the Travel Channel and praised by celebrity chef Rachael Ray, entrees possess gourmet panache and playful flair, as demonstrated by green eggs and ham with fresh basil pesto ($7.99), a dish as fragrant and verdant as a meadow of chives. On weekends, Groupon-holding parties of four enjoy complimentary mimosas, and can toast to such eats as fried chicken and waffles with a side of ancho-honey ($10.99) or coconut-crusted french toast griddled and sided with fresh pineapple and raspberry sauce ($8.99). The lunch menu lists eight sandwiches, including the half-pound burger, an epic patty of ground prime-aged steak that presides over tomato, romaine, and red onions ($7.99). Six white-meat, trans-fat-free chicken Dino-bites ($4.50) allow children to reenact the plotline of Land Before Time before filling their bellies with delicious pterodactyls. Among desserts, the original Kitsch'n Twinkie Tiramisu ($5) celebrates the star-crossed union of two classics.
Posters, pictures, and memorabilia from the 1970s deck the mustard-yellow walls of the spacious dining room, whose colorful checkered floors host blue and white retro Formica four-top tables. Patrons can also enjoy their fare at the front counter, or hunker down in the backyard tiki beer garden, which is heated and tent-sheltered in the winter months.
Kitsch'n On Roscoe
Sonny and Cher records, vintage beer can collections, and multicolored Christmas lights. If this sounds like a friend’s parents’ basement, you’re not far off. Jon Young and Helene Albert, the owners of Kitch’n on Roscoe, raided their folks’ treasure troves of ‘70s tchotchkes to give their restaurant its signature funky and eclectic vibe. Within the bright yellow walls, patrons pull up to retro orange and red tables to fill their bellies with updated versions of breakfast and brunch comfort-food staples. Their signature Green Eggs and Ham—as featured on the Food Network’s $40 a Day with Rachael Ray—scrambles three eggs with fresh-basil pesto, spinach, scallions, and smoked ham over texas toast, and the tofu scramble quells meatless cravings. Known for their hangover antidotes, the chefs restore bodies from wild nights with heaping helpings of chilaquiles—eggs and fried tortillas smothered in chipotle salsa and pepper jack cheese—and the Borracho breakfast burrito—stuffed with beans, veggies, and eggs and drizzled with tequila-ranchero sauce.
2005 W Roscoe St.
Chicago, Illinois 60618