Katie’s Kitchen Des Plaines Illinois

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Good Morning! It’s 6:20 am. I pull into the stripmall parking lot and there is a car already waiting however my breakfast guest is not. I wait in the Breakfastmobile and listen to some Kansas while I wait. It is now 6:30 and I see the “OPEN” sign is flipped around. I grab the backpack.

You can tell right off that this is a classy joint by the poster of the half naked woman on the abandoned Tanning Salon next door.

Katie's Kitchen Exterior Half Naked Chick on the poster next door
Katie’s Kitchen Exterior
Half Naked Chick on the poster next door

I went inside as my guest hadn’t shown up yet.

Katie's Interior Large waiting area
Katie’s Interior
Large waiting area

The place was probably something in it’s heyday. It really needs a makeover.

Katie's Interior
Katie’s Interior
Katie's Interior
Katie’s Interior
Katie's Interior
Katie’s Interior

There wasn’t anyone standing inside so I wandered a little further and ran into a bus person who tried to seat me. I asked if I could sit at another table and he reluctantly gave in. I sat my camera on the table and put down my backpack. As soon as I put it down my server came in and asked if I could change tables. I was taking a “Regulars” spot. I moved. I usually like a spot by a widow but their really wasn’t any. The only spot near a window was a spot on “The Bench” My regulars know that’s not going to happen. My guest arrived.

This place doesn’t really have an interior style. It has a fireplace and a few tuscan paintings and on the wall in the other room some kind of abstract mural. Worn wood tables and worn carpet 4.  The music is contemporary pop/rock  7.

Katie's Worn Table
Katie’s Worn Table

Our VERY friendly Server Mary  9.  greeted us and asked if we wanted Coffee. Yes of course and YES there was Splenda. The Coffee 6.

Mary disappeared then reappeared with a couple of mini Strawberry Muffins.  Muffins 7.

Katie's Kitchen Strawberry Mini Muffins
Katie’s Kitchen
Strawberry Mini Muffins

AS per my normal procedure I ask my server for some suggestions. One of their signature items is an omlette surrounded in hash browns. This is not the first time that I have seen this. So My 1st choice was Santa Fe Chicken Nest. This selection came with choice of Toast or Cakes. I chose Cakes with an upgrade to Bread Pudding Pancakes.

Katie's Kitchen Santa Fe Chicken Nest with totally unnecessary strawberry garnish ariel view
Katie’s Kitchen
Santa Fe Chicken Nest with totally unnecessary strawberry garnish ariel view

When Mary brought this over and set it down she seemed as surprised at the Strawberries garnish as I did.

This is one ugly dish. Try as I might I couldn’t make this look good.

You can see the ingredients peeking out.

Katie's Kitchen Santa Fe Chicken Nest
Katie’s Kitchen
Santa Fe Chicken Nest
Katie's Kitchen Santa Fe Chicken Nest interior
Katie’s Kitchen
Santa Fe Chicken Nest interior

The Hash Browns are of the typical commercial frozen variety. This is not necessarily a bad thing. They are a little soft.  7.  The scrambled egg was surprisingly decent. It was soft and fluffy.   7.   It was like a log of scrambled eggs with the rest of the ingredients dispersed inside. The chicken sausage was pretty standard. It tasted like Emeril’s or Amy’s.  7.  It also contained some Jalapenos, Red Bell Peppers, Asparagus, Tomatoes, and Scallions. So overall this is an interesting  7.

Katie's Kitchen Santa Fe Chicken Nest Softish Scrambled Egg
Katie’s Kitchen
Santa Fe Chicken Nest
Softish Scrambled Egg

Bread Pudding Pancakes

Katie's Kitchen Bread Pudding Pancakes
Katie’s Kitchen
Bread Pudding Pancakes
Katie's Kitchen Bread Pudding Pancakes Close Up
Katie’s Kitchen
Bread Pudding Pancakes
Close Up

A tad burnt, soft, moist, and dense. It was nice to have pancakes that didn’t come out of a 50 pound bag. The fruit was fresh and the compote was tasty.  8. This was worth the drive!

Next Green Benedict
Toasted english muffin, pulled pork, two poached eggs, green salsa, jack cheese, garnished with avocado and black bean corn Salsa

Katie's Kitchen Green Benedict

Katie’s Kitchen
Green Benedict

Katie's Kitchen Green Benedict Closeup
Katie’s Kitchen
Green Benedict Closeup

The Potatoes are decent. They taste like they are seasoned with lawry’s seasoned salt. 7. The English Muffin was actually toasted  8.  The Pork was tender tasty and porky. Could use a touch more salt.  8. Could use some more Salsa. The Eggs were a little overcooked. 7. In lieu of Hollandaise it was covered in Jack Cheese.

Katie's Kitchen Overcooked Poached Egg
Katie’s Kitchen
Overcooked Poached Egg

This is an Entree that is not typically found in a suburban setting. It was pretty good.  7. It would have been an 8 if it had more salsa and I never did see the Black Bean Corn Salsa.

Last Up  French Toast

Cinnamon Swirl
(As Featured in Chicago Magazine October 2009 & December 2010) Fresh homemade cinnamon rolls lightly grilled and served with maple syrup and cream cheese glaze.

Katie's Kitchen Cinnamon Swirl French Toast
Katie’s Kitchen
Cinnamon Swirl French Toast
Katie's Kitchen Cinnamon Swirl French Toast With Frosting
Katie’s Kitchen
Cinnamon Swirl French Toast With Cream Cheese Frosting

Warm Sweet Gooey Cinnomoney but not French Toast.  7.  They have earned “THE LINK” Alton Brown Makes French Toast LINK I have had a dozen versions of this but with 1 exception none of them really passed for French Toast. You know that I have unwavering opinions on French Toast.

That about does it for Katie’s. A decent local spot with a decent menu.

OK That’s it for me. I’m off to my next adventure.BreakfastGator_Color_Logo_1R

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