The Slow and Savory Review
To prove her point, Brandy took Mama Bee to The Peasantry, a restaurant that has recently undergone some changes in the background, transitioning from focusing on street food to comfort food, but still maintaining an eclectic identity.
The Peasantry had a sort of edgy street vibe to it with it's quasi-graffiti walls, but also a rather comfy feel with its heavy wood communal tables, dividing brick wall, and full fire place. Brandy rather liked the eclectic feel, which, judging from the menu, reflected the food in a way that decor rarely does.
Franks 'N Dawgs (The Peasantry's sister restaurant), Brandy instead went for the Shrimp and Grits. When she was presented with the head on prawns, laying on their bed of cheesy, corny goodness, Brandy was rather amazed and slightly horrified. "I don't usually like my brunch to look back at me," she said, avoiding the gaze of the shrimps, "But today I'll make an exception." She found the shrimps to be extremely tender, almost melt in the mouth soft, but a little on the bland side flavor wise. Once Brandy tasted the grits, however, she could see why the shrimp had been a little more subdued; there were little chewy bits of bacon throughout the golden grits, which were on the denser, more polenta-like side texture wise, (this is how Brandy prefers her grits, as opposed to the more Southern creamy style). The over all flavor of the dish was brilliantly smokey from the roasted corn salsa with just a little zing of lemon to brighten up the richness.
Brandy and Mama Bee were rather impressed with the edgy "comfort food" style of The Peasantry. The food was unique, nicely presented, and priced around $10 per entree, which is par for the course at most Chicago bunches. "I still sort of like the idea of giving my bakery an edgy twist, especially after seeing how well it worked for them," Mama Bee said. "Or you could, you know, stick with what you've been doing," Brandy suggested. "No, no. I'm ready for a change. What do you think of a croissant in the shape of a Mohawk?" Mama Bee mused. "I don't think it's ever a good idea to make your food remind people of hair, dear," Brandy replied.
The Short and Sweet Review