NOW OPEN at 6981 N. Sheridan Road Chicago 773-654-1444. The Growling Rabbit - a café in Rogers Park offers a variety of hot foods, sandwiches, soups, salads, along with baked goods, BYOB and great coffee and tea!
This weekend I skipped over to The Growling Rabbit - a cafe less than 1/4 a mile from Loyola University, on Sheridan. I judged the book by the cover (the 6-foot rabbit on the front window) and decided to give it a whirl.
The menu sounded tasty - a mix of breakfast, brunch, lunch, & dinner with a college-town vibe and a comfort-food influence. I opted for a cheese and mushroom quiche with vegan slaw and a cup of black coffee with a granola scone.
Total price $12
In regards to taste I was fairly satisfied. The vegan slaw was boring but I only had 1/8 of a cup to try. 3 bites later and I found myself wondering if I had imagined it, or if it was just so bland I forgot I had eaten it. The quiche was delicious but, and I'm not sure what this says about me, I was disappointed with the portion size. When you can get a slice of pizza big enough to use as a baseball glove for $2.95 and then you get a piece of quiche smaller than a piece of pie, you can't help but be a little sad clown.
I will say this - granola scone with my coffee... A+. Eric got a cinnamon roll that was as wide as a small dinner plate and so rich I asked it to start paying my rent. Homemade baked goods will always win a place in this country girl's heart.
My biggest complaint would be the decor. Lime-green walls with strange photos of rabbits kind of throw around. I think I felt a disconnect between the food prices and the way the cafe looked unfinished. Thankfully it was a beautiful day so we sat outside and escaped having to stare at those odd little bunnies for too long.
I think they're onto something and I can't give a definitive review until I have at least one more chocolate-chip cinnamon roll. But for now I give
The Growling Rabbit
3 out of 5 carrots.