Little Branch Cafe

★★★★★
  • 1251 S Prairie Ave

    Chicago, IL 60605

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  • 312-360-0101

About Little Branch Cafe

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Monday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Tuesday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Wednesday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Thursday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Friday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Saturday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Sunday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM

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No human endeavor, except computer programming, requires absolute perfection so when it??s served up in an unassuming dining room credit must be given. This cute little spot served it up with force.

Most people wouldn??t notice the razor-thin cuts of meat positioned exactly the same way as though in a photo-op. Most people won??t pay attention to the potatoes all golden-side-up. Wouldn??t underline that the bloody mary is only $8 for a very generous 16 ounces. Or the ingredients of the breakfast burrito layered as though in a 7 layer dip. Perfectly. Indeed, the author almost counted himself amongst ??most people? as he sat frustrated that the food took so long to be delivered. It was well worth it. Perfection takes time and does not scale with attendance.

Little Branch Caf is an order and sit down type of place like Urth Caf in LA. Except where the latter sucks grand old Chimpanzee privates, the former shines. In fairness to Urth, it isn??t as horrible as it is unpredictable. Today you might get stellar and tomorrow just OK and on the weekend (horrible)x10^65536. You??ll wait in a huge line before you??ll know which day you??re getting. But so far, from a personal sample of 2, and the several tales of trusted others, LBC is exactly consistent. Kinda creepy actually if you give it more than a moment??s thought. How is it possible to cook things the exact same way unless you??re an automaton or have had all creative powers removed like from a McDonald??s cheeseburger? This is the reason McD??s stuff tastes exactly the same every time and every place you eat it and most other restaurants have a tough time making the same thing the same way twice. I did notice a tiny nook of Little Branch that was hidden from the prying eyes of diners yet where some sort of cooking/prepping was occurring. What was there? Who was doing it? It looked too small for an assembly line unless it was all being done by a robot. Chilling.

The meal was done and shockingly cheap given the aforementioned. So painful was the urge to peer behind the shallow wall at the presumed source of program-like perfection but remembering well the lessons of the movies, and the horrors that lurk in tiny kitchens, this Dorothy and Toto were content to have a great meal and high-tail it outta there leaving the curtain undisturbed.

Love,

Mealschpeal com

2
★★★★★

No human endeavor, except computer programming, requires absolute perfection so when it??s served up in an unassuming dining room credit must be given. This cute little spot served it up with force.

Most people wouldn??t notice the razor-thin cuts of meat positioned exactly the same way as though in a photo-op. Most people won??t pay attention to the potatoes all golden-side-up. Wouldn??t underline that the bloody mary is only $8 for a very generous 16 ounces. Or the ingredients of the breakfast burrito layered as though in a 7 layer dip. Perfectly. Indeed, the author almost counted himself amongst ??most people? as he sat frustrated that the food took so long to be delivered. It was well worth it. Perfection takes time and does not scale with attendance.

Little Branch Caf is an order and sit down type of place like Urth Caf in LA. Except where the latter sucks grand old Chimpanzee privates, the former shines. In fairness to Urth, it isn??t as horrible as it is unpredictable. Today you might get stellar and tomorrow just OK and on the weekend (horrible)x10^65536. You??ll wait in a huge line before you??ll know which day you??re getting. But so far, from a personal sample of 2, and the several tales of trusted others, LBC is exactly consistent. Kinda creepy actually if you give it more than a moment??s thought. How is it possible to cook things the exact same way unless you??re an automaton or have had all creative powers removed like from a McDonald??s cheeseburger? This is the reason McD??s stuff tastes exactly the same every time and every place you eat it and most other restaurants have a tough time making the same thing the same way twice. I did notice a tiny nook of Little Branch that was hidden from the prying eyes of diners yet where some sort of cooking/prepping was occurring. What was there? Who was doing it? It looked too small for an assembly line unless it was all being done by a robot. Chilling.

The meal was done and shockingly cheap given the aforementioned. So painful was the urge to peer behind the shallow wall at the presumed source of program-like perfection but remembering well the lessons of the movies, and the horrors that lurk in tiny kitchens, this Dorothy and Toto were content to have a great meal and high-tail it outta there leaving the curtain undisturbed.

Love,

Mealschpeal com

Pros: Perfect food the perfect way

Cons: Waiting for it

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This spot located in the South Loop area of Chicago is very trendy, nicely decorated and offers good service. Consisting of soups, salads for lunch and weekend brunch can be described as a hidden gem in the south loop though the menu is limited.

4
★★★★☆

This spot located in the South Loop area of Chicago is very trendy, nicely decorated and offers good service. Consisting of soups, salads for lunch and weekend brunch can be described as a hidden gem in the south loop though the menu is limited.

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