The Slow and Savory Review
As regular readers of this blog will know, Brandy is quite the well seasoned world traveler. "I have lived for at least six months on every continent on this planet," she will proclaim, proudly, "And let me tell you, those six months in Antarctica weren't as cold as you might think." In fact, Brandy isn't quite sure why she decided to settle in Chicago for the time being, but she's been here so long now that only her native land of England can claim to have held her longer."It just seemed like the right time to stop," she says when asked, "I suppose I just started to acquire too many...things, and those things just happen to be best kept in Chicago. Not that I don't still have a touch of wanderlust, I just like having a place to come home to at the end of the day."
Recently, it came to Brandy's attention that Chef Roger Herring, formally of Socca, had opened a new restaurant in North Center called Grand Tour. This establishment professed to serve dishes from all around the world, from South American to Europe to Asia. As Socca was one of Brandy's favorite brunches of all time and with the concept behind this new place being right up her alley, Brandy simply could not wait to visit Grand Tour for herself.
Though the service was warm and friendly, the space open and inviting, and the concept intriguing, in the end Brandy felt a bit let down by the food at Grand Tour. "It's not that anything was bad," she tried to explain to herself as she left, "I was just hoping for a bit more oomph, as they say. That meal was less a worldly tasting and more a standard American brunch dressed up to look exotic. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with an American brunch; it's what I've grown to love these past few years, after all. But if that's what is on offer, don't try to trick people into thinking there's some grand design behind the menu that's not really there. Or maybe I'm just still bitter about paying $11 for that damned French toast..."
The Short and Sweet Review