Appellation Wine Bar & Restaurant is located on Clark Street just north of Foster Ave. in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood on the north side. Andersonville has been one of Chicago’s hottest neighborhoods over the past several years.
Adjacent to the restaurant, you will find their retail shop that offers Pastoral artisan cheese, bread, coffee, mustard, wine, and other specialty items. This is a unique combination destination with the retail shop on the left and the wine bar and restaurant on the right. They source their breads from La Fournette French Bakery in Lincoln Park. La Fournette has been called by many as the best authentic French bakery in the Midwest.
Their wine list is extensive with over 200 different bottles from all regions of the world. Their wine business model is forward thinking. They encourage you to browse their entire retail selection, choose your bottle, and they will serve it at your table for a $20.01 corkage fee. This provides their patrons a much better wine value proposition compared to just about any other restaurant.
I had the opportunity to visit Appellation this past weekend for their inaugural brunch. They serve brunch from 9am to 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Check their website for their lunch and dinner hours.
This is a fairly large and comfortable space. The tables are well spaced out which leaves plenty of room for easy/private conversations. They have seating for 22 at the bar, 6 at the cheese counter, and 44 in the restaurant. They also have a seating area in the front of the restaurant that can be converted into a private room (showers, birthday parties, etc) which will accommodate between 20 and 30 guests.
The restaurant is decorated in an honest and non-pretentious manner. It has a certain Chicago feel with the exposed brick walls, wood tables & floors, and exposed loft-style vents. The walls are decorated with art from local artists and is rotated every 3 months.
My team and I started our brunch journey with a couple of Bloody Mary’s. If you like deep flavorful and slightly spicy Bloody Mary’s, you will love their version. We sampled a number of different items from their brunch menu. The brunch menu at Appellation will pleasantly surprise you. You will not see the common eggs, hash browns, and sausage on the brunch menu. Instead you will be treated to creative dishes that will impress!
If you like something sweet for brunch, the ricotta fritters are similar to a donut hole with plenty of sugar. Warning: it’s impossible to eat just one! Their baked French toast with goat cheese and cherry preserves is also on their ‘Sweet’ menu and is a very solid option.
In their ‘Savory’ section of their menu, you will find their main dishes. The baked eggs in squash-herb cream were crazy-good! The grilled hanger steak with eggs and cheddar grits creation was the perfect brunch item. However, if you like a little lighter fare, their smoked whitefish tartine (chopped whitefish on a slice of French bread) with apple salad and mustard deviled eggs is a great option. And finally, the poached eggs on top of the warm mushroom and kale salad is definitely a must-try item!
This is a wonderful restaurant with an exceptional menu and excellent service in a great part of town! Appellation Wine Bar & Restaurant delivers a 5-Star experience across the board. Well done and BRAVO!
5212 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60640
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