Unless you live in a cave, you are aware of Chicago’s new restaurant row on West Division Street. Our best find is Milk & Honey Café. Owner and Chef Carol Watson (previously with Mia Francesca) has created a space and cuisine that oozes with fresh, modern comfort. The café is homey with bright light, wood tables and white leather chairs that invite guests to linger. When the weather permits, the storefront opens to spacious sidewalk café and fireplace heats up the space when the temperature drops. The counter service only Milk & Honey is the anti-Starbucks and is frequented by Wicker Park’s old guard of artist as well as the new stroller-pushing new residents.
For lunch, try a sandwich from the chalkboard menu such as house-made, thyme-crusted roast beef on ciabatta with radish slaw, and it will come with deliciously thick-cut, brown and salty house-made potato chips. Rotating soups include spicy tortilla with chorizo and hominy, and split pea with prosciutto. Salads are healthy and plentiful. In-house baked sweets include sizable muffins, cookies, lemon bars and brownies, washed down with terrific dark roast coffee or a selection from the wine list.
Weekend brunch is a highlight and includes almond-orange French toast; savory ham and cheese bread pudding; and simple oatmeal with dried cherries, brown sugar and pecans with libation options of Bloody Maries and sparkling mimosas. Prices are reasonable and the food is innovative and tasty.
Milk & Honey Cafe - 1920 W. Division, Chicago, IL 60622 773.395.9434