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Tweet Cafe - Good breakfast in Uptown

mark | Jun 24, 200312:36 PM

Dropped into Tweet this Sun. for breakfast. While this is not a major revelation or heart-stopping bit of exotic culinary adventure, it is a fine new addition to the Argyle/Sheridan neighborhood, which definitely lacked any civilized breakfasting possibilities till now.

Tweet is owned by (and adjacent to) Big Chicks bar. It is a long room with tables fairly close, but not uncomfortably so. There is also a patio out back, I believe. The place has been done up quite attractively - I don't know my decor "isms" all that well, but the details seemed a bit deco, a bit arts & crafts. Music was early 40s big band at an appropriate level.

Overall, the approach to food is a bit Ina's Kitchen-esque, but less Lincoln Park/suburban, more urban neighborhood.

The tab is probably 20-30% over your standard Greek coffee shop breakfast, but what makes it worthwhile is that they have provided details that make it actually worth the extra.

For instance - they offer 3 breakfast burritos of which I had the one which included chorizo, eggs, and cheese. It was not bigger than my head, but a very satisfactory size and obviously freshly put together. Beyond that, it came with 4 condiments, all fresh and each of which actually enhanced the burrito. They were: regular tomato salsa, green tomatillo salsa, creme freche and pico de gallo.

My wife said her buckwheat pancakes were very good and they offer real maple syrup.

They also serve Intelligentsia coffee.

Beyond that, they instantly won our hearts and minds when, immediately after seating us and our 2 1/2 year old, the proprietress arrived with the "activity basket." This was a medium sized wicker basket filled with crayons, paper, picture cards etc. All of which kept him perfectly happy and occupied while we ate a rare peaceful meal without sudden eruptions of flying silverware or poured out sugar bowls to let us know that life was now too sedentary.

Service was a tad slow, but probably only for anxious parents hoping the kid will stay amused. For grown-ups settling in for a liesurely weekend breakfast, it was probably fine.

I apologize for not getting the exact address, but it's the west side of Sheridan, just above Argyle, just below Carmen. Around 5024 north or so.

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