The Growling Rabbit Recommended Menu

Hours: Tuesday-Friday 8 AM-8 PM, Saturday-Sunday 8 AM-6 PM
Closed Monday

Price: $

New cafe in the former Cafe Ennui space, which it shares with the bakery Sweet Attila's; both names derive from the owners' pet rabbit.

Restaurant Details

Cafe Ennui, the dreary coffee shop that used to inhabit this garden-level Rogers Park space, was a little too aptly named, but new owners brightened the place up. The spot's now a cheery much-needed addition to the anemic neighborhood dining scene, with brunch, lunch, and dinner offerings as well as a bakeshop and a menu of coffee and espresso drinks. On the savory side, there are some tasty-looking salads, like a roasted-squash option; sandwiches, including cold meat loaf; and a few entrees, on which we supped on a cozy Friday night (the Growling Rabbit is BYO). Salsa verde-topped mac 'n' cheese was fantastic—kicky with spice, creamy, baked to bubbling in a little crock. Pot-roasted chicken came to the table a little lukewarm; otherwise its broth and assorted veggies—some leeks, some brussels sprouts—would have been perfectly fine. The agro dolce plate lacked much dolce, which arrived only in the form of an apparently undoctored little dish of balsamic vinegar, but the cheese and salami were decent, and the olive assortment excellent. The bakery component of this operation, Sweet Attila's, has already gained a following at the Glenwood Sunday Market, and for good reason—for instance the delicious lemon curd tartlet. An apple cupcake with molasses frosting was, all things considered, GFV (Good For Vegan). And I'll come back for something our extremely friendly server gave us a sample of: "Delights of the Naked Stranger," a transcendentally chocolatey cake made with sherry and almond butter.

Sam Worley

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