I detest complainers, but dang it, I'm going to complain for two seconds, so please don’t leave. Like many of us adulting, I work full-time and never seem to have enough time for friends, family and hobbies, etc. On any given Wednesday afternoon you can find me sitting at a desk behind mountains of paper, looking longingly at the snow-topped mountains outside my office. Most of my brain is focused on commercial leases, civil complaints, and other law stuff, but the rest is creatively cartwheeling a million miles a minute, thinking about everything I’m missing out on. Woe is me.
I have a bit of a perspective problem that I’m fiercely working on.
When I’m surrounded by this kind of beauty, though, who can blame me? And especially after coming off almost a week of no work. Today these words run through my head: Focus. Re-focus. Repeat.
Well today I got to combine a basic human need (lunch) with a new (to me) restaurant and the company of a lovely (newish but feels like we go back ages) friend. Yes yes and yes.
Two Chicks is an egg-cellent restaurant in Midtown, tucked away behind the main businesses on Virginia Street. It’s founded by two cute chicks who are best friends and business partners. Haley is the red chick and Jessie is the yellow chick. How cute is that?! That’s totally something I would’ve dreamed about as a teen is opening my own restaurant with my bestie. And these lovely ladies have done it, and done it well!!
At Two Chicks, you can get breakfast or lunch. They’re open until 2 pm every day, so make sure to stop in early! I couldn’t decide whether to get breakfast or lunch – it’s always the dilemma – but since I don’t actually like eggs, I avoided the breakfast options and opted for lunch instead! If you’re going for breakfast, though, and are an egg-hater like me, there are plenty of options like French toast, biscuits and gravy, pancakes, etc.
Here is my plate – the BLTA. Wow was this ever yummy. It’s your classic BLT elevated with the addition of avocado and a basil aioli sauce, along with Icky bread from Great Basin Brewing Company, another local favorite. This bread has the famous Icky IPA beer in it as well as local honey. Hello gluten, come to mama. And my fries were crispy, which is always a must with sweet potato fries. So much Mmmmm.
If you’re like my friend, you may like what she got, the Red Chick Scramble – eggs scrambled with spinach, mushroom, ham and cream cheese atop sweet potato home fries. I can’t wax poetic about this because I also don’t like mushrooms, but I’m sure many people would find this delicious.
There's also a variety of Bloody Mary's, mimosas and other cocktails on the menu to kick your brunch up a notch or twelve. But I am Office Stefanie today, so that's for another day.
We went during my lunch hour from 1-2 pm, and it was busy, which is always a good sign. We only had to wait a couple minutes before we were sat. There’s a lot to see and do within walking distance of Two Chicks, so it’s great to park and walk, or even ride your bike down here.
This is one of many murals to be found around town, and it’s right across the entrance from the restaurant.
I’m thankful that I work in between downtown and midtown, so I am surrounded by some of the best local businesses! See, I'm not complaining anymore! It's one of my goals to turn everything into a positive. I guess you can say I multitasked today – I got to spend quality time with a good friend, I had a delicious meal, and I absorbed a new place and area, all within the span of 50 minutes. Not bad, Smith.