Longman & Eagle: For Bloody Mary Lovers
By Caitlin Klein in Food on Jun 29, 2011 3:30PM
Fans of tomato-based alcoholic beverages rejoice: Longman & Eagle's killer brunch has a lot to do with these two words: Bloody. Mary. Here at Chicagoist we are always on the lookout for drinks that are acceptable at any time of day, and after hearing lots of buzz about the Longman & Eagle Bloody Mary, we had to stop in and see what it was all about. Longman & Eagle's Bloody Mary does the trick on a Saturday or Sunday morning with your L&E brunch or lunch. If you think you're a Bloody Mary fan, and you're in Chicago, this one is a must-try.
Looking around, you'll see a Bloody Mary on almost every table during brunch hours on a weekend. The Bloody Mary at L&E has a perfect mix of alcohol, tomato juice, and spices. Instead of the traditional olive and celery garnish, it has slices of lemon and lime, a mini pickle, and a chunk of sharp cheddar cheese. The only complaint we found is that it should have been served a bit colder. The service at L&E is decent, and if you ask nicely, they'll give you an extra chunk of cheese.
If you're stopping into L&E for more than drinks, we recommend the wild boar sloppy joe and the Swan Creek pork belly BLT. Particularly if you are battling a hangover, the hot, crispy, fatty pork belly will set you straight again. However, hungover crowd, be forewarned: at L&E, you are likely to find yourself lost and dizzy amid a sea of plaid flannel shirts. This restaurant isn't for the anti-hipster. You'll get eaten alive, in an ironic way.
Think you know a Bloody Mary in Chicago that tops Longman & Eagle's? Let us know and we'll give it a try.