During our recent trip to Chicago, W and I were looking for a place to eat near Millennium Park and we landed in The Gage which is just east of the park. We were there around 10AM on a Saturday and it was pretty empty! We were seated quickly and service was good from the start to the end.
Since we were heading to another restaurant for lunch, we decided to share a starter and an entree. Our server recommended the Freshly Baked Breakfast Pastries, which was the Sticky bun with Orange Zest and Cardamom and Pecan on the day we visited. I have actually never had sticky buns before but I absolutely loved this one! The “sauce” was warm and gooey and the bun was baked perfectly. I also really like the pecan which adds some crunch to the otherwise pretty soft bun. However, I didn’t really taste the orange zest and cardamom. With that said, it was still a delicious starter!
The entree we ordered was the Gage Venison Burger. We were confused when the server brought out 2 plates as we only ordered 1 thing, then we realized the kitchen has split the burger for us. I don’t know if this is standard practice but we have never had that done for us! The burger was so on point that we both think it might be the best burger we’ve had. The venison was cooked medium rare, and it doesn’t have a lot of the “gamey” taste that often comes with venison. I also really liked the toppings, which included smoked gouda, fried jalapeño, woodland mushrooms, pickled onions and mustard aioli. The fries were not oily at all, and are slightly crispy on the outside, which is how I like my fries. We also got truffle aioli for our fries, it has a very strong truffle flavor so only very little was needed, otherwise it could be a little overwhelming.
We were really glad we dropped by The Gage for our early brunch in Chicago, the food was very well done and service was great! If you are looking for a place to eat after a nice walk at the Millennium Park, we highly recommend The Gage!