The Slow and Savory Review
There is nothing sadder to Brandy than seeing a line outside a restaurant on a Sunday morning. Yes, there are brunch staples in this city which sometimes cannot be avoided, but there are also so many delicious spots where one can simply walk in the door and be taken to a seat. Many a time, Brandy has had to stop herself from handing out her card to people seated outside the steps of a busy place on a Sunday morning. "There's no point in waiting, you know," she wants to tell them, "Come with me and let me show you to a place where the tables are waiting for you instead of you waiting for them!" It is because of this conviction, perhaps, that Brandy has steered away from some of the more popular restaurants in the city, but as she has discovered many times over, sometimes places are popular for a reason.
Such is the case with the Nookies chain of restaurants, all of which seem to draw huge crowds every Sunday morning. Brandy has never quite understood this phenomena, at least when it comes to the location in Lakeview, seeing as how they are open 24 hours a day on weekends (and 7:00am-12:00 on weekdays) with the vast majority of their menu available the entire time (some specials are only available at certain times of day). "Why do these ridiculous people queue up for hours on a Sunday morning when they could have their precious pancakes and silly sandwiches whenever they'd like?" Brandy often remarks to herself. And so finally, with a weekday afternoon to spare after a particularly brutal round of window shopping, Brandy decided to see what all the fuss was really about.
Finding the sunny and spacious restaurant virtually deserted, Brandy took over a four top table in the corner of the room. A large and colorful mural took up the majority of one wall, but other than that, there wasn't much decoration to speak of. She did love the variety of eating surfaces, from counter stools to booths to traditional tables on multiple levels, all spread throughout the open single room. The menu boasted something for every taste for every meal, with dinners listed first, then lunches, and breakfast on the back. As always, Brandy gravitated towards a good mix of sweet and savory and settled on the Monte Carlo sandwich, which came with a side dish and a cup of soup.
Brandy chose the Cream of Spinach soup, which was offered that day along with a Lentil Soup. Although the menu listed the soup as being "homemade" Brandy suspected that it was really more "home heated." The soup was still rather nice, being thick and creamy with good salty taste.
The Short and Sweet Review