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Old Oak Tap is hip, friendly and delicious

A recent visit to Old Oak Tap has me loving brunch again. Nestled in the heart of Ukrainian Village, this spot is a weekend gem for families. I don’t normally consider taking my sons to the neighborhood “tap,” but this one actively reaches out to hipsters and mothers alike.

Old Oak Tap

2109 W. Chicago Ave.,  
Chicago
(773) 772-0406
theoldoaktap.com

Whether you’re looking for chocolate chip pancakes and bacon or a vegetarian lunch, its Saturday and Sunday brunch menu fits the bill.

I immediately was impressed by gorgeous artwork, high ceilings and stunning light fixtures. We found a comfy spot just across from the fireplace and settled in with the menu-a mix of breakfast standards and southwest-inspired dishes.

We began with savory apple fritters. These deep-fried balls are sinfully delicious. They were an excellent accompaniment to my $3 mimosa special. I then enjoyed a southwest skillet, while my sons went right for the eggless options. We all agreed that the Fried Chicken Sliders took the prize for best dish, not just because of the perfectly fried chicken pieces, but also because of the fried pickle slices. Amazing. The black bean burger was a close second.

The restaurant’s clientele definitely reflects its location, as twentysomethings mix easily with urban families. Service was friendly and fast without ever making us feel rushed.

Old Oak Tap’s innovative and reasonably priced menu makes it a destination perfect for a daytime date or family outing. We’re already planning on both.

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