A Quicky with Miss Ricky

Virgin Hotels Chicago Miss Ricky's Chicken & Waffles Breakfast 3Remember that sexy dinner party I attended in October previewing the cuisine for Virgin Hotel’s first US location, right here in Chicago? Well, ever since Virgin officially opened its Windy City hospitality doors on January 16th, I’d been jonesing to check out the space and sample more of Chef Rick Gresh’s delicious fare.

His Tuna Tartar made my “Best Things I Ate in 2014” list after all!

But as much as we love fancy foods, sometimes you just crave some good old comfort food — modern American diner-style.

And that’s exactly what you get at Miss Ricky’s.

Located right at the front entrance of Virgin’s gorgeous hotel, this modern diner oozes in eclectic British charm while still remaining down-to-earth and very American.

Open practically all day every day (early morning through late night), this is a spot you go to for a comfort food fix round-the-clock. Virgin Hotels Chicago Miss Ricky's Virgin Hotels Chicago Miss Ricky's 3 Virgin Hotels Chicago Miss Ricky's 2Super casual with a cool, quirky aesthetic of velvet-lined booths, tin-top tables and a mishmash of vintage chairs, this diner is a great unpretentious space to relax, enjoy a cup of jo (or maybe one of their clever cocktails?) and some delicious grub.Virgin Hotels Chicago Miss Ricky's 4 Virgin Hotels Chicago Miss Ricky's 7 Virgin Hotels Chicago Miss Ricky's 6I loved the retro charm of the chrome ceiling lamps!
Virgin Hotels Chicago Miss Ricky's 8 And the front desk is covered in chopped neck ties — a charming nod to Richard Branson’s #ByeToTheTie campaign. Virgin Hotels Chicago Miss Ricky's 10 Virgin Hotels Chicago Miss Ricky's 9Katharine, Shaheen and her charming husband Trevor joined me for the media preview breakfast where we were equipped with piping hot mugs of coffee immediately upon arrival (my most important breakfast meal requirement!) to sip as we perused the menu.
Virgin Hotels Chicago Miss Ricky's 11Isn’t this dairy cow creamer adorable?
Virgin Hotels Chicago Miss Ricky's 13Such a charming way to start the day! (rhyming not intended but appreciated)
Virgin Hotels Chicago Miss Ricky's Smoked Corned Beef Hash Benedict Breakfast We all opted to try each of the items on the media preview breakfast menu — their full menu can be seen here.

Trevor choose this whopping skillet of Smoked Corned Beef Hash Benedict which comes topped with poached eggs and a mustard & horseradish hollandaise. Isn’t the blue skillet presentation positively charming?Virgin Hotels Chicago Miss Ricky's Ina's Heavenly Hots Pancakes Breakfast Katharine chose Ina’s Heavenly Hots. Dubbed “Chicago’s famous pancakes” and served with local maple syrup infused fruit compote, this is a simple dish that’s simply delicious.
Virgin Hotels Chicago Miss Ricky's Ina's Heavenly Hots Pancakes Breakfast 2 Not to mention Instagram-able!
Virgin Hotels Chicago Miss Ricky's Chilaquiles Breakfast 2 Virgin Hotels Chicago Miss Ricky's Chilaquiles Breakfast 6I ultimately ordered the Chilaquiles: corn tortillas, chipotle, queso, black beans, fried eggs. I’m a huge fan of Latin-style breakfast food after living off of fried eggs and salsa in college so I knew I’d love Miss Ricky’s take on chilaquiles.

This dish was good and hearty with a zingy salsa, zippy queso and satisfying crunch all topped with beautifully fried eggs. My one criticism would be that there weren’t enough black beans in the mix.
Virgin Hotels Chicago Miss Ricky's Chicken & Waffles Breakfast 2 But Shaheen’s meal of Chicken & Waffles was the clear winner…

Sriracha chicken infused waffle batter all topped with buttermilk fried chicken and sriracha honey sauce — can you say #foodporn loud enough!?Virgin Hotels Chicago Miss Ricky's Chicken & Waffles Breakfast 8 **DRIZZLE**Virgin Hotels Chicago Miss Ricky's Chicken & Waffles Breakfast 6Shaheen deserved to earn an award for her artfully pouring that morning!
Virgin Hotels Chicago Miss Ricky's Chicken & Waffles Breakfast 7Virgin Hotels Chicago Miss Ricky's Chicken & Waffles Breakfast 7How positively photogenic is this dish? A clear favorite of everyone at breakfast that day and certainly worth making a pilgrimage for if you’re a chicken and waffles devotee!
Rick Gresh at Virgin Hotels ChicagoThe genius himself!

Proud Chef Rick Gresh was everywhere the morning of our breakfast, overseeing the cooking and greeting all the patrons like the pro he is. After cooking one of the best meals I’ve ever had FROM A POP-UP KITCHEN TENT back in October, I can safely say I will eat any dish this man sets in front of me. Virgin Hotels Chicago After our filling meal we took the opportunity to explore the spanking new hotel space.

I think Apollo would have been quite at home in the lobby dog bed!Virgin Hotels Chicago 1And I loved this trumpet sculpture over the lobby desk.
Virgin Hotels Chicago 3 There’s also an adorable coffee shop, Two Zero Three, on the first floor with delicious nibbles and a swanky but chill vibe.Virgin Hotels Chicago 4 Walk up the main staircase and past this unique ceiling sculpture…Virgin Hotels Chicago 5 And you find yourself in the Commons Club — a chic spot with one of the coolest atrium chandeliers I’ve ever laid eyes on! It’s a great place to grab a drink, or some swankier food if diner-fare isn’t your thing, and enjoy the people watching on the street below. 
Virgin Hotels Chicago 7 Virgin Hotels Chicago 8As part of the fun and playfully sophisticated atmosphere Virgin cultivates at their hotel, it’s customary for the employees to forgo the applause and instead declare “you are so good looking!”.

Well Miss Ricky’s, YOU are so good looking!!

Welcome to Chicago, Virgin Hotels!

Disclosure: I received a complimentary meal to facilitate this post. Review and all opinions are my own.

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