It was my darling Gigi who first introduced me to the magical world of Barney’s this past summer.
So when it came to choosing a delicious brunch spot for her, Starr and I to reunite at after the long holidays, we knew exactly where we wanted to go.
Perched atop the Barney’s Chicago store, Fred’s towers over Hermès, Prada and other luxury shops off Oak Street with spectacular views from the windows and the balcony (in summer, obviously).
Gigi and I couldn’t wait to introduce Starr to the delicious food and minimal-chic atmosphere!
In the blogger world, whenever you find an obsession-worthy beauty product, it’s imperative that you bring it to a brunch date with the girls, so everyone can oooh and aaah over it.
It’s like an adult-version of coloring with crayons before a meal.
Especially since this little bottle of polish is so luxe! It’s in a heavy black glass vial whose aesthetic just screams Barney’s. I mean, doesn’t it match the menus well?
To Breakfast or To Lunch?
That is the question! I love the beautifully modern aesthetic of Fred’s counter-balanced with all the warm, rich woods. There’s also a huge fireplace along the wall that adds warmth to the minimal space. Fred’s starts all brunches off with a whopper of a bread basket piled high with muffins, different slices of bread and mini scones. My favorite is the salty focaccia!Gigi opted for the Jumbo Lump Crab Cake which is served atop creamy coleslaw & lemon mustard aioli. For an appetizer, this was substantial with giant chunks of whole crab in eat bite. I love a good crab cake and Fred’s did not disappoint! Starr ordered the Prosciutto With Arugula And Parmesan Cheese: thinly sliced parma ham, mozzarella and, you guessed it, arugula. Salty, crunchy and delicious!
And you already knew I had a thing for covering my “pizzas” in arugula.I ultimately ordered another of Fred’s Artisan Pizzas, the Emilia Romagna: fresh mozzarella and parmesan all drizzled with aceto balsamico. Delicate sweetness from the balsamico and sharp saltiness from the cheeses?
This the ultimate sweet-salty pizza!
Sophisticated and savory yet with an echo sweet flavor. And who can resist such bubbly cheese? Care for a slice? Caramelized Apple Tart with cinnamon ice cream followed…As well as this SINFUL Mascarpone & Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake with fresh berries and raspberry sauce.
Nothing beats a brunch with my girls ending in such scrumptious #DessertPorn!