Amongst a handful of other great things they’ve gotten right, the name chosen for Daily Eats couldn’t be any more appropriate. This little Hyde Park restaurant boasts a modern look, but a working man’s feel with a huge assortment of fresh, no-nonsense meals you could easily picture a regular gladly eating on a daily basis.
Walking in, you’re greeted with a small, but ample space filled with a handful of booths and countertop seating much like a vintage, American diner. But, nothing’s really old at the Daily Eats. From the young waitresses to the Ikea-d out decor and simple, but forward-thinking breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals on the menu, there’s a conscious vibe to Daily Eats that feels both welcoming and relevant.
When it comes to the menu, Daily Eats offers a variety of original meals and typical diner dabbed with a hint of personality. Sandwiches like a potato chip-crusted turkey burger and a Memphis southern fried chicken sandwich show a knack for inventiveness that’s rare in a small, casual restaurant like this.
Daily Eats also offers a host of original inventions with the most notable being their shredder bowls, bowls of brown rice, shredded lettuce, and original toppings in varieties like nacho, Thai peanut, Greek, and New York Bleu.
I went with New York Bleu which, in addition to the rice and lettuce, comes piled with a generous portion of shaved New York strip steak, sauteed mushrooms, red onions, bleu cheese crumbles, tomatos, and crumbled bacon tossed with cajun horseradish dressing.
For the $10 price tag, this thing is justifiably huge. You can’t help being a little dubious when you order something that consists of hot meat atop cold lettuce atop (hopefully) hot rice, but it works. Stirred all together, the New York Bleu looks, and tastes for that matter, like a hearty, Americanized stir-fry. The lettuce adds a bit of texture much like the cabbage found in many Asian dishes while the uber-tender steak shavings meld with the rice and vegetables to make for a dish that’s completely it’s own. The slathering of creamy and lightly spiced cajun horseradish dressing was a tad excessive for this palate, but far from a dealbreaker.
Overall, Daily Eats does a commendable job combining the quirk and inventiveness of the fine dining world with a working man’s price tag and culinary sensibility. Give ‘em a try soon and let us know what you think with your own review and rating on the Daily Eats 813area business listing.