Elate: Trendy, Casual Gourmet

Written By Caroline in Reviews

One Clean Plate - Elate - Steak and Eggs by Caroline Wik

Elate's Steak and Eggs. (Click for full-size.)


Inside Hotel Felix
111 W Huron St.
Chicago, IL 60654

Rating: 4 out of 5 Plates
Hours: Brunch
Mon-Fri: 6:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Sat-Sun: 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Mon-Thurs: 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Fri-Sat: 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Sun: 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Price Range: Brunch: $10 – $14
Charcuterie: $10 – $16
Flatbreads: $12 – $14
Small Plates: $10 – $16
Large Plates: $14 – $26


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“Did we walk by it?” was all I could think as we walked up and down Huron street looking for the restaurant we’d heard so much about.

Elate has built a reputation for its dashing decor and creative cuisine. A reputation that we had to test.

If we could just find it.

Our phone GPS wasn’t helping, and it wasn’t until we happened to stop and consider calling that I spotted it – an unassuming restaurant on the corner of Huron and Clark residing officially within the Hotel Felix.

We were here for brunch, since it was added not too long ago and we’d heard rave reviews of it. The interior certainly lives up to the hype: low key yet trendy. Indie music played on the radio, and the lights were dimmed but it didn’t matter since the sun was shining in through the glass exterior wall.

The server greeted and seated us right away – apparently we were the first customers of the day. She wowed me with the soup of the day – a tomato bisque (I know, I always order it. What can I say, it’s amazing!) so we decided to split it to start along with some coffees while we decided on our main courses.

The soup was delicious, and the toasted crostini that came with it complimented the bisque well. Creamy, tomato-y and savory, it had all the qualities of a good tomato bisque.

I ordered the steak and eggs which were incredible – two columns of stacked potato hash, braised short ribs and poached eggs topped with a béarnaise sauce. Each exquisitely cooked and assembled to not only look beautiful plated but to also taste amazing. Individually, but particularly together, each item tasted fantastic. The béarnaise sauce really tied it all together.

One Clean Plate - Elate - Tomato Bisque by Caroline Wik

The Tomato Bisque with toasted crostini. (Click for full-size.)

One Clean Plate - Elate - Confit Pork Baguette by Caroline Wik

The Confit Pork Baguette and frites. (Click for full-size.)

Adam’s chose the Confit Pork Baguette which was similar to a pork bahn mi – a French baguette filled with pulled pork with pickled slaw, topped with toasted peanut sauce and mustard aioli and served with a side of frites and ketchup. The baguette was amazing, much better than we expected. And the frites, oh the frites. A touch spicy and salty, they were perfectly seasoned to eat alone or with the ketchup.

Everything was delicious, although our appetites weren’t quite satisfied and the bill was already a bit higher than we would have liked for a brunch. Service was quick but it wasn’t busy either. Now, I know I gushed over everything being delicious, but it wasn’t quite good enough to qualify the price tag. Either a bigger portion, or lower price for the same amount would have been more acceptable.

One Clean Plate - Elate - Interior by Caroline Wik

Inside the front of Elate. (Click for full-size.)

What’s your take on Elate? Where is your go-to place for brunch? Let us know in the comments below! As usual, check out our Elate Facebook Gallery for more photos. While you’re there, Like us too!

Verdict: Delicious, but an Undeserved High Price Tag

Elate serves gourmet food in a hip, casual setting. While the food is excellent its high price tag isn’t quite justified. Restaurant.com has coupons for Elate though, so if you’re wary about paying too much be sure to nab one of the coupons first. The service was good, although we were early so that may have been a factor. It may be difficult to find, so look for the Hotel Felix first and once you find that Elate will be easy to spot.

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