During our recent trip to Chicago, we had the pleasure of staying at the Viceroy Hotel, and our first brunch in town was at their attached restaurant, Somerset. Somerset is one of the top rated restaurants in the city, and for good reason, it was absolutely delicious, and so well appointed, plus their staff were excellently attentive.
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Address: 1112 N State St Chicago, Illinois 60610
Inside Viceroy Chicago Hotel
Food Type: Brunch, Dinner, Americana
Dining Experience: Indoor or Outdoor Patio
Price: $100+ per Person
Dress Code: Business Casual +
Reservations: Highly Recommended
Special Diets: Pescatarian, Vegetarian,
Gluten Free (not GF dedicated), Vegan Options
For brunch, we ordered an assortment of dishes in order to sample the variety they offer. Their menu had everything from traditional American breakfast standbys like granola & fruit, pancakes, brioche French toast, and breakfast potatoes as well as more unique foods like flambée, lobster burgers, and mushroom sandwiches.
They had lots of gluten free options, and although it’s not a dedicated gluten free restaurant, they were able to accommodate my food allergy quite easily, and had numerous options. Sometimes people seem to think it’s not a serious allergy, or that people who have Celiac’s Disease, or gluten allergies are “being dramatic” which is as insulting as it is dangerous, but at Somerset, they were so kind and careful that I felt perfectly safe eating there.
I ordered the spicy crab on crispy rice with a red chili emulsion, which was so tasty, refreshing, and a celebration of textures, colors, and bold flavors. I also had the endive salad because I wanted something a bit healthier, and I wasn’t disappointed. We also shared the gluten free avocado toast, which was colorful, flavorful, and positively delightful.
My husband ordered the brioche French toast, and he said it was the best French toast he’s ever had. It looks and smelled amazing to me too, and made me wish I could have tried some. He also was persuaded by the waiter to try the restaurant’s signature deviled potatoes, which were absolutely delicious.
The combination of foods we ordered may have been a bit of a strange combination, but individually they were each fantastic, and together they created a very robust and satisfying meal that I’m still thinking about.
Overall, we loved the meal we had here and we would definitely dine here again. I mentioned in this post that we are moving to New England soon, so although we will be further from Chicago than ever before, when we come back we know we will have plenty of wonderful spots, like Somerset, to visit again, along with new things to see and do in the Windy City.