More eating is one of the last things one wants to do after Thanksgiving feasting. But as the weekend winds down and mornings in Chicago turn cold, I find myself ready for a hearty start on Sunday mornings. Jam ‘n Honey, a new breakfast and lunch eatery in the DePaul area, is becoming one of my sister Martha’s favorite places for breakfast, and we are steadily working our way through the various dishes on the menu. My current fave is the Italian Benedict, an indulgent combination of two poached eggs served on creamy bacon and cheddar risotto cakes topped with spinach, hollandaise, and housemade tomato jam. Kudos to the owners for taking the extra step of using fresh spinach and their own tomato jam, touches that make this dish stand above many other “florentine” creations.
On an earlier visit the Chorizo Potato Hash I ordered was a well-executed combination of two fried eggs over a scramble of chunks of roasted potatoes, chorizo, zucchini, roasted peppers, topped with cheddar cheese, guacamole, and sour cream. Not a dish for dieters, but one that can easily feed two people. Martha has been ordering the Stuffed French Toast, a super-thick slice of bread filled with strawberry jam and cream cheese, drizzled with a nice balsamic syrup. We have yet to try the gargantuan South of the Border Burrito, one of the most popular items, filled with scrambled eggs, chorizo, black beans, sour cream, guacamole, pepper jack, and pico de gallo.
Portions here are large and service is brisk, especially on weekends when the place is packed (crowds include plenty of students from nearby DePaul). Space is on the small side, so waits on the weekends can run 30–45 minutes, and spill onto the sidewalk. The interior is breakfast-place basic, but large windows on the front and side are a big plus. Jars of jam and Nutella on every table lend a homey touch. The one downside is the standard bland institutional coffee. With so many excellent coffee purveyors in the city, I’d like to see a better selection served.
Jam ‘n Honey
958 West Webster Avenue
(Webster and Sheffield)
Hours: 8:00am–4:00pm daily