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To try and get her into a better mood, Hawk suggested she order a cocktail, to which Brandy was highly agreeable. She went for the St. Fresco Martini, a light and citrusy concoction with a predominantly grapefruit flavor. Brandy found the mix a tiny bit astringent, but a fairly fitting flavor for a brunch cocktail.
Hawk took the liberty of ordering a few starters for the table, requesting some Spinach and Artichoke Dip as well was some Mini Burgers. The burgers were rather nice little appetizers, coming three to a plate with a handful of crispy fries as accompaniment. The beef was perfectly cooked and had a nice flavor, but Brandy couldn't help feeling they needed a little cheese or onion to really jazz them up. The spinach dip was very creamy and satisfyingly cheesy with the vegetables giving it a good sort of chunky texture. Brandy especially liked the little pieces of crustini that accompanied it, which were coated in a garlic butter for a little extra oomph.
Though she didn't quite make it to New York, Brandy was happy enough with her substitute sojourn to Bacino's. While one wouldn't really think of a pizzeria for brunch, she found it a welcome change of pace from her usual assortment of pancakes and omelettes. The service was friendly enough and the prices seemed fair, especially when considering the substantial portions of most of the dishes that left Brandy and Hawk battling over who would get to take home the left overs. "Alright, I admit it, Chicago can indeed match New York, even when it comes to little neighborhood Italian restaurants," Brandy finally conceded, "Now when the Big Apple finally does defrost, all I'll need to find is some good cheesecake." "Have you heard of Eli's?" Hawk asked, smiling. Brandy narrowed her eyes at him.
The writers of this blog were invited to dine by the restaurant free of charge in exchange for an honest review.
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