This upscale casual favorite in the Rice Village is known for innovative new American cuisine, a stylish lounge and weekend brunch scene.
Open and airy, this two-story eatery is sleek throughout with ever-changing wall art, vibrant colors and minimalist decor. Neighborhood regulars and modish 30-somethings sit clustered around steel table tops and plywood chairs or along the walls in spacious booths. Waitstaff is young, fabulous and well-informed.
Brunch, lunch and dinner menus change frequently, highlighted by fresh Asian and Latin flavors and dramatic presentations. Small plates include oven-roasted Brie and portabello enchiladas and crispy tuna spring rolls. Large plates include the pecan- and pistachio-crusted chicken with mixed potato gratin; hoisin beef and tiger shrimp on rice noodles with Thai red curry sauce; and three cheese risotto torta.
Lunch features the addition of entree salads, creative sandwiches and wood-fired thin crust pizzas. For dessert, opt for the pecan-studded fudgy chocolate cake.
The award-winning wine list is well-organized and features hard-to-find vintages and plenty of by-the-glass options.
On Saturdays and Sundays, benjy's serves one of the best brunches in town. Savor the specialty crunchy French toast or the better-than-Eggs-Benedict smoked salmon on a scallion scone. Toast your mid-morning with a carafe of mimosas or a wasabi-spiked bloody mary.