The Smith’s brunch packs a sour punch

Sun. May 12, 2024 12:00 AM
by Jerry Nunn

Spring is in the air at The Smith and everything was coming up roses at a recent visit to try a few new brunch items on the menu.

The restaurant simply known as The Smith has been around since 2007, starting in New York and the Chicago location has survived a pandemic, downtown construction and the ever-changing landscape in the world of hospitality.

Located in the bustling River North area of the Windy City, reservations are strongly recommended as this place fills up fast at times.

White subway tiles adorn the walls with modern decor enveloping a sleek setting for the diner who enters. The name stems from “a maker skilled in creating” and the team at The Smith have done that for their patrons.

If someone is on the job search, try exploring the website's career section. This hot spot might have you making money in no time. Street traffic will continue to attract hungry guests as the patio is opening just a few steps in front of the establishment.

The fresh new menu has a great deal to offer, so come in with an open mind and try something out of your comfort zone. The brunch menu runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

If you are feeling fishy begin with the chilled shrimp, salmon tartare or oysters shipped in from around the world.

The eggs come first before the chicken and the goat cheese omelette is packed with greens and spinach. The Potato Waffle Benny is truly special thanks to a combination of flavors including smoked salmon, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce on top.

Find more male-titled nourishment with the Benedict Johnny and its poached eggs accompanied by maple chicken sausage and cheddar cornbread.

Baked Eggs Alla Vodka served in a skillet swimming in a pool of tomato sauce and surrounded by Stracciatella cheese. This is type of cheese is found inside the thin layer of mozzarella found in burrata soaked in sweet cream.

A brunch cocktail from the list is included with any dish, so cheer up and sip on a Sunburn Sour. Its recipe mixes bourbon, apricot and ginger with orange liqueur giving the concoction a spring vibe that will awaken the senses.

The Hunky Dory is another drink from the sour family with rum, pisco, amaro, aperitif and pineapple, so pucker up buttercup! End the experience with a breakfast dessert of cinnamon sugar doughnuts with hot fudge dipping sauce on the side. A little drizzle of chocolate will make this dish sizzle on your taste buds. Down a cup of freshly brewed coffee and get your day started the right way.

Visit The Smith, 400 North Clark Street, and experience this all for yourself. The weekend never tasted so good thanks to this incredibly elevated eatery!

Book a reservation at or by calling 312-312-5100.