BRUNCHTASTIC is a Young Mary’s Record series devoted to our love of eating breakfast at non-breakfast hours. Our contributors are typically not morning people and dang it, we like it that way. Our newest favorite brunch stop: Chicago’s Flying Saucer. By Young Mary.
Gavin took me to breakfast at Flying Saucer one of the first weekday mornings (by morning, I mean afternoons, almost always) I spent in Chicago with him. Things I immediately liked: we showed up at 1:30PM on a Saturday, I believe - parked (shame, shame on me for having a car in the city) very nearby with no trouble, no wait to get a table and a chai tea latte ($3) in me, and service was knowledgeable, personable, but not obtrusive.
The atmosphere was clean, quirky, and easy - lots of tables and chairs, a couple booths, and a bar. A perfect example of a diner not trying *too* hard to be “diner decor” but rather organically looking like a true neighborhood eatery where people actually congregate, conversate and eat. That’s what Gavin and I did, too.
I’m not sure if this was a *special* just for the day - but I ordered spinach/mushroom/cheddar quiche with roasted potatoes and kale salad. I can’t find this item on the Flying Saucer website’s menu - but it was delicious. Quiche was flavorful and perfect “quichey” consistency and the potatoes and salad were just right on the palate as far as sides.
Gavin - an adventurer by heart - likes to keep a few things consistent in his life (smokes, beer, and certain menu items) and I think it would be safe for me to say Flying Saucer’s “trucker bowl” falls into his automatic go-to. $10.5 - and huge portions — the trucker bowl consists of two biscuits, fries, and two eggs topped with gravy, cheddar cheese, ham and scallions — (yes, they can make it vegetarian, too!) Hearty and yummy. Simple as that.
The total cost of our meal (chai tea latte, water, trucker bowl, quiche + potatoes + salad, and tip) was approximately $25-30 for both of us. And we left with a very full container of leftovers. For breakfast at non-breakfast hours, this place is climbing up the charts on the “our” places for Gavin and I - and should definitely be on your radar if you’re a Chicago resident or just visiting. Take your mother. Take your father. Take your woman before you take your walk of shame.
Flying Saucer is located at 1123 N. California Ave. - is CASH ONLY - and open til 3pm!
- October 27 2012 1 Notes