The Slow and Savory Review
Though there were plenty of breakfast cocktails on offer (including shots that weirdly beloved Chicago liquor, Malort), Brandy and Mama Bee were more intrigued by the specially curated tea and coffee. Brandy went with a nice, soothing Rare Tea Cellar Chamomile, while Mama Bee sampled the current coffee (Trenchermen works with a different specialty roaster each month).
Mama Bee went with the Greek Yoghurt, which came layered with fresh strawberry compote and a side of crunchy quinoa granola. Again, this seemed to be a very recognizable dish, but with a few added twists to freshen it up. The house made yoghurt was amazingly thick and creamy with a good tang to it, matching well with the sweetness of the fruit. The granola, which was dotted with bright red quinoa, had been slightly salted, adding even more complexity to each mouthful. "You know how I feel about salty and sweet combining," Mama Bee said with a raised eyebrow, "But this is actually a pretty nice combination. I think I even detect some honey in the compote. Do you think I should talk to them about buying some of mine?" Brandy shook her head, exasperated.
Though the atmosphere was comforting and the service utterly stellar, Brandy couldn't help but feel a little let down by the food at Trenchermen. With the bill coming to just over $60 after tax and tip for just 2 appetizers, 2 entrees, and a couple of servings of tea and coffee (and no cocktails), the so called "food for the everyman," seemed more like, "food for the everyman on payday." Although Brandy appreciated that the majority of the ingredients were house made and obviously high quality, in the end, the overall taste was only slightly above average. "They say they want to be an old fashioned neighborhood joint," Brandy said as she and Mama Bee left, "But what they really seem to be doing is exactly what their hipster clientele do; putting a beautifully thought out facade over what is essentially the same old thing." "Yeah, maybe you're right after all," Mama Bee sighed, "Bacon Honey might sound good today, but plain old honey will still be my best seller tomorrow."
The Short and Sweet Review