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Ladies (and Laddies) Who Brunch — Yelp Chicago-style



Baby, it's cold outside. No, really. It's freezing. What better way to stave off sub-zero temps than with a hearty brunch? So, on a brisk Saturday afternoon, 120 invited Yelp Chicago Elites made their way to Edgewater gem Uncommon Ground for Yelp's Uncommonly Tasty Brunch. They had no idea what a treat they were in for.

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Not only is Uncommon Ground a leader in green, local and sustainable business, they make a mean… EVERYTHING. And, they were eager to show off their culinary prowess by tantalizing lucky guests with a private, sit-down brunch. The menu: challah french toast adorned with apple jam, toasted nuts & cinnamon honey butter, a winter scramble, the best potato latkes you have ever tasted, chilaquiles, and seasonal sausages (chorizo, maple and chicken). If you're salivating, you should be. The portions were large and the service was family-style, so everyone was assured of getting plenty to fill their bellies for the winter hibernation.

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Even though it was early in the day, that didn't stop this brunch battalion from enjoying some potent potables courtesy of the geniuses of Uncommon Ground and Rain Vodka. It wouldn't be brunch without Bloody Marys but these weren't your run-of-the-mill drinks. These tall drinks of (not water) were made with organic vodka that had been infused with flavor for a [it's a secret] amount of time. The result? A spicy tomato treat that went down all too easily. Teetotalers weren't left in the cold; they enjoyed glass after glass of freshly-squeezed OJ and cup after cup of delicious Metropolis coffee.

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Invited Elites sat down at the large wood tables in the order in which they arrived. This unorthodox way of arranging a dinner party allowed members to get to know one another, share a meal and forge friendships. The ease of the meal was made possible by the top-notch service guests experienced. The waitstaff at Uncommon Ground made Elites want for nothing and impressed with everything. The loud volume from all the conversations was proof enough that, above all else, Yelp is a community filled with people who are passionate about sharing their favorite local businesses. If you missed out, don't be sad! Check out the Elizabeth Olwig's pictures here and the reviews here.

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Looking for more latkes,

Johnny T

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