Catch up with Buds at The Flower Flat Cafe

November 24th, 2013  |  City: Chicago | Published in Lakeview, Out on the Town

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The flower and coffee bar at The Flower Flat! Yes – this is a restaurant!

I was out and about on Friday night near Addison and Broadway in Lakeview to meet a friend and walked by a brownstone with windows allowing me to see through the lace curtains into what looked like a dinner party in full swing in the flat below ground level. I smiled as it made me so happy to see tables of happy people sipping and dining together. I then realized, there was a sign on the door and it was a restaurant! I immediately shot The Flower Flat to the top of my to-go list. My friend Emily was visiting from Austin and we had planned to get brunch, so the timing couldn’t have been more perfect, and brunch was just the same.

I did some research and learned that The Flower Flat was a flower shop since it opened in 2008, and recently turned into a cafe – but the flowers remain! The flower fridges (as I’ll call them) seem to house flowers and food – not together, but I couldn’t get a clear view. You can still purchase take-away bouquets or order them for special occasions, and dine in the company of fresh, colorful, vibrant stems. 

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When you step into the flat, you’ll notice there are two rooms, and seating for about a cozy 25 including a few tables for larger parties or small groups that will surely become friends with those next to them by the end of the meal. The Friday, Saturday, Sunday day-time all-day menu is adorable, with items named after flowers and their symbolism. For example, I ordered the Alstroemeria “aspiring” of scrambled eggs with tomatoes, mushrooms, and peppers, wheat toast, fruit, delicious crispy potatoes, and jam. (All for $7!) The Snapdragon “presumptuous” is on my list for my next visit; hazelnut chocolate spread on raisin challah bread. I’m surprised I didn’t order it today! Azalea “abundance” is the soup when available, and the flowering list goes on!

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My meal was tasty, simple, and homey. After all, there are 2 rooms in the flat, so you literally are eating in a home. It was a nice contrast to flashy brunches that are so commonplace. The flat is only open Friday 10am-3pm and 6pm-10pm, Saturday and Sunday 8am-3pm.

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Friday evenings, like the one I witnessed as a passer-by, a three-course meal is served and will always include seasonal ingredients and vegetarian options. My experience was bright, tasty, and quaint for a quiet catch up with a “bud” on a chilly Sunday morning. Oh, and they serve Intelligentsia coffee – what’s not to love?

The Flower Flat Cafe brunch Lakeview Chicago

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