One of the most popular restaurants in La Grange has finally rolled out a new weekend brunch menu. Located at 14 W. Calendar Avenue, Fourteensixteen now welcomes diners from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday for a delightful brunch experience. Chef Bret Bohning maintains a commitment to fresh, local food. By letting the seasons dictate the menu, he crafts items based on local, sustainable ingredients. This has always created a wholesome, winning culinary experience and the new weekend brunch menu is no exception.
I was recently invited to bring a guest to sample this delightful new menu. We were seated on their newly-renovated rooftop deck – now covered and ready for patio season. Fourteensixteen is a lively, family-friendly space and very inviting for people with different dietary preferences, particularly vegetarian and gluten-free.
If you prefer to lean more towards the “lunch” side of brunch, you will not go wrong with any of the soups, salads, or sandwiches. The most intriguing of the salad options is the Asparagus Salad (frisée, grapefruit, pine nuts, goat cheese, ramps). I figure, if you are going to order a salad, order something different that you would not necessarily put together at home. This one is bright, fresh, and has a lovely balance of tart, bitter, sweet and savory. For me, the standout sandwich is the Cauliflower Melt (honey & curry aioli, tart apple, Cabot cheddar, wheat bread) – a perfect option for vegetarians. Their Four Beef Burger is also superb.
For those with dietary restrictions, a surprisingly large number of items on the brunch menu can be made vegetarian and/or gluten-free on request. Very few restaurants offer so many menu items with those options. Be sure to talk to your server about ingredients. Since Chef Bohning tries to use only the freshest most local ingredients, there may be slight variations from what is listed on the menu – based on what’s available at local markets during any given week.
Fourteensixteen is located at 14 W. Calendar Avenue in La Grange, IL. The restaurant is open Monday – Thursday, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.; Saturday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. For more information, call (708) 469-7896, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit their website. You can also follow their social media conversations on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.