It was during one of her strolls on a sunny spring day that Brandy came across Milk and Honey Cafe in Wicker Park. The beautiful sidewalk seating caught her attention first, and the line of people waiting inside the door (on a weekday morning no less) made her curious. Joining the line, she realized what was going on: in this particular place, it seemed that one orders at a counter first, pays, then gets seated and presented with food. At first, this made Brandy a little miffed. "They're rushing it!" she thought, "If they're rushing brunch, what point is there in the rest of the day?" Regardless of her irritation, she placed an order with a cheerful, yet slightly frazzled looking young lady, paid, picked up some silverware, and seated herself.
The interior of the place was sunny and warm, with happy, muted colors, and tiny touches to make it feel clean and comfortable. The spacing of the tables was good, but Brandy could see in her mind's eye how packed it might get on weekends.
Although Milk and Honey Cafe's practice of "Pay First, Eat After" at first seemed odd to Brandy, in the end she rather liked the fact that there wasn't any waiter hovering near her, waiting to give her a check (or the reverse, a waiter who seemed to have disappeared). And so, full of a rather hearty breakfast, which at a cost of just about $20 all said and done put things on the upper side of average, Brandy one again wandered off down the road in search of roses to smell.
The Short and Sweet Review