The dishes we had weren't quite so satisfactory. Mealy overripe peaches marred the otherwise outstanding waffles with vanilla syrup and whipped cream. The so-called Spicy Chicken Tinga wasn't spicy and lacked any note of contrast to the soft chicken, over-easy eggs, and corn tortillas. How about at least a squeeze of lime or some piquant cabbage slaw?
Our best choice was the also the least expensive—a $6.95 breakfast sandwich of pot roast and egg on rosemary focaccia, the chewy, lightly toasted bread an excellent foil to the tenderness of the meat. A side of very spicy jalapeño relish livened things up considerably. For kicks we took to spreading it on the underwhelming tinga.
Another good bet is coffee to go and a baked good or sweet item from the pastry case. A not-too-sweet giant house-made graham cracker was a welcome midafternoon snack, and an indulgent peanut butter cookie was big enough to share. I'd come back for a side of the "brown sugared bacon" and a cup of the malted freddo when the weather turns.
But what about that "business meeting"? The ladies at the table next to us were able to conduct a lengthy legitimate one with minimal interruptions from the friendly, considerate staff. Seats began to fill up around lunchtime—for best results shoot for the lull between morning and afternoon service.
Restaurant Beatrix, 519 N. Clark, 312-284-1377, restaurantbeatrix.com