Tiztal Cafe Chicago

Good Morning Gators!

I couldn’t find a website so no link. The address is

4631 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640

 

Tiztal Chicago Exterior
Tiztal Chicago
Exterior

Let’s jump right in

Tiztal is a Juice and smoothie bar and a Mexican leaning cafe in an Aztec style setting. I have definitely not experienced decor like this before. Usual window seat and usual coffee   7    and water in a bottle

Tidal Chicago Water bottle and cup
Tiztal Chicago
Water bottle and cup

 

Music provided by WSHE Radio   5      Carpet Free Floor   10   Crazy Aztec Interior   8   Hipster Free (at least currently)

Tiztal Cafe Chicago Interior
Tiztal Cafe Chicago
Interior
Tiztal Cafe Chicago Interior
Tiztal Cafe Chicago
Interior
Tiztal Cafe Chicago Interior
Tiztal Cafe Chicago
Interior
Tiztal Cafe Chicago Interior
Tiztal Cafe Chicago
Interior

The chairs are NOT Fat Friendly. My big @ss wasn’t very happy. Yes I could have plopped on the bench but you know how I feel about that.

The menu is short YAY   9   I pre read the menu online so I knew a few things that must order. I must order Chilaquiles and I must order an Oatmeal Shake. So 1st up Chilaquiles with chicken.

Tiztal Cafe Chicago Chilaquiles With Chicken and Sunny Side Ups
Tiztal Cafe Chicago
Chilaquiles With Chicken and Sunny Side Ups
Tiztal Cafe Chicago Chilaquiles With Chicken and Sunny Side Ups
Tiztal Cafe Chicago
Chilaquiles With Chicken and Sunny Side Ups
Tiztal Cafe Chicago Chilaquiles With Chicken and Sunny Side Ups
Tiztal Cafe Chicago
Chilaquiles

 

I hear you from here. Geno why oh why do you order SS up eggs? you are just going to end up complaining about them. Well Gators you know how I love chasing Unicorns. Some day I am going to get some that are properly prepared – but not today. Undercooked and Snotty   5   Better luck next time Breakfast Gator!  Moving right along lets talk Spuds. Delicious. Deep fried fresh crispy and garlicky   a very yummy   8   The green Tomatillo sauce   8   Spicy but not overly. Salt level was right and a nice acid bite. The chicken was seasoned well and tasty   8   A tad overcooked but not hammered. The chips were crisp on top and soft on the bottom just like they should be with a proper level of cheese.   8    This dish is an overall   8   would have been a 9 if the eggs were right. A good version of a classic dish.

Our VERY gracious server Teresa Happens to be the owner. She brought over several shots of Oatmeal Shake which reminded me that I needed to order one. Oatmeal Banana

Tiztal Cafe Chicago Oatmeal Banana Shake
Tiztal Cafe Chicago
Oatmeal Banana Shake

 

A Shake for Breakfast. YES!  It was delicious cool smooth thick Bananaee and Oatee   8   What else can I say.

 

2nd
Florentine Omelette
Spinach and mushrooms, topped with hollandaise sauce. served with potatoes

The Hollandaise was unlike any I’ve had. The consistency was right but something about the seasoning was off to me   7   They were actually pretty close to being soft enough for me but needed a touch of salt. A rare   7    The filling could have been a bit more seasoned for my taste. More delicious Potatoes. Overall this was a   7   A couple of easy tweaks could make this an 8 or 9

Tiztal Cafe Chicago Florentine Omelette
Tiztal Cafe Chicago
Florentine Omelette
Tiztal Cafe Chicago Florentine Omelette
Tiztal Cafe Chicago
Florentine Omelette
Tiztal Cafe Chicago Florentine Omelette
Tiztal Cafe Chicago
Florentine Omelette
Tiztal Cafe Chicago Florentine Omelette
Tiztal Cafe Chicago
Florentine Omelette

 

3rd

Signature Waffle with Fresh Fruit and Strawberry Sauce

Pretty straightforward. A crispy Waffle with Bananas Pineapple Strawberries and Watermelon with some Strawberry Sauce to top it off.   The Sauce made it.   7    It was fresh and tasty

Tiztal Cafe Chicago Waffle topped with fresh fruit
Tiztal Cafe Chicago
Waffle topped with fresh fruit
Tiztal Cafe Chicago Waffle topped with fresh fruit
Tiztal Cafe Chicago
Waffle topped with fresh fruit
Tiztal Cafe Chicago Waffle topped with fresh fruit
Tiztal Cafe Chicago
Waffle topped with fresh fruit
Tiztal Cafe Chicago Waffle topped with fresh fruit
Tiztal Cafe Chicago
Waffle topped with fresh fruit

 

Teresa provided a meal ending surprise. A Juice and a Smoothie. The Juice was Beet Apple Orange Carrot and Celery. I am not really a fan of beets except for roasted ones with Butter. I feel like they taste like dirt when they are raw. In spite of that it was actually pretty good.   7   The smoothie was a veggie fruit combo. Good   8   Tiztal Cafe Chicago Smoothie

Tiztal Cafe Chicago
Smoothie

Tiztal Cafe Chicago Smoothie
Tiztal Cafe Chicago
Smoothie
Tiztal Cafe Chicago Smoothie
Tiztal Cafe Chicago
Smoothie
Tiztal Cafe Chicago Smoothies to GO
Tiztal Cafe Chicago
Smoothies to GO

 

That’s it Gators. A pretty good visit. An interesting place with an interesting menu and great service. In the Uptown Area? Stop in for some good Chilaquiles and an Oatmeal Shake. Oh and go see my Brother Jerry at Tattoo Factory also in Uptown.

Thanks Teresa!

 

As for me I’m off to my next Adventure

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Hash House a Go Go Chicago

Hash House a Go Go Website

My thanks to David Rodriguez from the most delicious WHISK Restaurant for this suggestion. Make sure you eat there. You’ll thank both of us.

Miserable traffic. Opens at 7:30 arrived closer to 8. Everyone that knows me knows how I feel about being late. I’m just NOT late. I had to park in the parking garage across the street from the place 12 Bucks. The street parking around was by permit only so be warned.

Hash House A Go Go Chicago Exterior
Hash House A Go Go Chicago
Exterior
Hash House A Go Go Chicago Exterior
Hash House A Go Go Chicago
Exterior

The interior is a love child of a BBQ place and a Chipotle. It’s Diamond Plate accents, Corrugated tin panels, and sheet metal tables. Stone tile and faux wood floors mostly but one of the rooms in the back had Carpet for some reason. Ewe Carpet. Mixed Year Vocal Music   7    

Hash House A Go Go Chicago Interior
Hash House A Go Go
Chicago
Interior
Hash House A Go Go Chicago Interior
Hash House A Go Go
Chicago
Interior
Hash House A Go Go Chicago Interior
Hash House A Go Go
Chicago
Interior
Hash House A Go Go Chicago Interior
Hash House A Go Go
Chicago
Interior
Hash House A Go Go Chicago Interior
Hash House A Go Go
Chicago
Interior
This room is in the rear right corner of the place Carpeted Floor :0(
This room is in the rear right corner of the place
Carpeted Floor :0(
This room is in the rear right corner of the place Carpeted Floor :0(
This room is in the rear right corner of the place
Carpeted Floor :0(

Standard window seat and Coffee ordered. Coffee is good and really strong   8   The menu is a bit big but not overwhelming. There is Meatloaf for breakfast. How could I not order it? Answer? I couldn’t not.

Griddled HH meatloaf & 2 eggs served with mashed potatoes, fruit & biscuit

I saw the 13.25 price tag and thought that it was a bit steep but as it turned out it is enough food for 3 people.

SS up Eggs. I know, don’t lecture me. I always have hope that they will make them right. Of course they weren’t right. Snotty as usual.   4    Meatloaf was pretty good. A bit too much garlic and a bit overworked but tasty.   8   Mashed Potatoes or actually chunky mashy skin on potatoes. Delicious!   8/9   Very tall Biscuit. Crisp outside firm inside. Tasty.   7    Served with house made Jam and Cow made butter.  An overall   8    It would have been a 9 if the Eggs were right.

I almost forgot the Orange Slice. Do I need to say it? Of course I do! “1965 called they want their garnish back”.

Hash House A Go Go Griddled Meat Loaf
Hash House A Go Go
Griddled Meat Loaf
Hash House A Go Go Griddled Meat Loaf Tall Biscuit
Hash House A Go Go
Griddled Meat Loaf
Tall Biscuit
Hash House A Go Go Griddled Meat Loaf
Hash House A Go Go
Griddled Meat Loaf
Hash House A Go Go Griddled Meat Loaf
Hash House A Go Go
Griddled Meat Loaf
Hash House A Go Go Griddled Meat Loaf
Hash House A Go Go
Griddled Meat Loaf
Hash House A Go Go Griddled Meat Loaf
Hash House A Go Go
Griddled Meat Loaf
Hash House a Go Go Orange Slice Hiding between the Tomato and the nice ripe Cantaloup
Hash House a Go Go
Orange Slices Hiding between the Tomato and the nice ripe Cantaloupe

 

Next Pick

Andy’s sage fried chicken w/ fresh spinach, hardwood smoked bacon, market tomato, griddled mozzarella, chipotle cream and scrambled eggs

For those that don’t know there are a couple of classic comfort foods that everyone seems to love but I’m sort of luke warm about. One is Macaroni and cheese. I think the reason people love it is the association with childhood and a blue and yellow box. The other thing is Fried Chicken. I am not a big fan. I like it, I just don’t love it. So why did I order it? It was under recommendation of our very gracious and excellent server Sam. You never know someones fried chicken may change me. Maybe it’s Andy’s

This dish was not a complete sum of it’s parts. The components were good for the most part but It didn’t really work for me.

The Chipotle cream was Delicious   The best part of this dish    9   The Bacon was a bit lost and the flavor of the Mozzarella cheese was pretty much undetectable. Mozzarella cheese doesn’t have a forward taste  anyway. Something like Smoked Provolone would have worked better. More Biscuits. More Mashed Potatoes. The scrambled eggs were hammered. Brown and Chewy. The fried chicken was a pounded flat breast which is the least flavorful part of the chicken. I’m a Thigh Guy. It was overcooked but the batter was seasoned well and crispy. It was pretty good overall    7   It’s a very imposing dish. I am sure people love it. With a few tweaks it would jump up at least another point. I can’t blame them for my lack of Fried Chicken Love.

I think they need to add a dish to the Menu. a Breakfast Gator Special Benedict. A bowl of the Smashed Potatoes, 2 beautiful Poached Eggs and topped with the Chipotle Cream Sauce. You are welcome.

Hash House A Go Go Andy's Sage Fried Chicken
Hash House A Go Go
Andy’s Sage Fried Chicken The big knife kept it from escaping
Hash House A Go Go Andy's Sage Fried Chicken
Hash House A Go Go
Andy’s Sage Fried Chicken
Hash House A Go Go Andy's Sage Fried Chicken Pounded Flat Chicken Breast
Hash House A Go Go
Andy’s Sage Fried Chicken
Pounded Flat Chicken Breast
Hash House A Go Go Way overcooked egg disc
Hash House A Go Go
Way overcooked egg disc

 

And Finally

Something that is actually part of another dish but Sam suggested I order it Solo.

A Banana pancake that is the size of a Hubcap off of a 1992 Buick LeSabre.

Hash House A Go Go Banana Pancake
Hash House A Go Go
Banana Pancake

HHAGG Banana Pancake 2 W

Hash House A Go Go Banana Pancake Fork Included for scale and it's a BIG fork
Hash House A Go Go
Banana Pancake
Fork Included for scale and it’s a BIG fork
Hash House A Go Go Banana Pancake
Hash House A Go Go
Banana Pancake
Hash House A Go Go Banana Pancake Complete With Orange Slice
Hash House A Go Go
Banana Pancake
Complete With Orange Slice

This was kind of a surprise. It was decent but not great. It tasted a bit like raw flour and Chewy. It was served with butter and Fakle Syrup. The Bananas were good.   An overall    6    It’s not a Reeses Pancake from WHISK. I have dreams about that Pancake. Damn you Rodriguez Brothers.

OK that’s all he wrote. This is an interesting place. A bit out of the box for a chain restaurant. It was worth the trip for the Meatloaf and Mash. It would have been a good lunch.

 

As for me I’m off to my next adventure.

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Bryn Mawr Breakfast Club Chicago

Bryn Mawr Breakfast Club WEBSITE

Good Morning Gators!

Unlike last weeks traffic debacle traffic this morning was smooth sailing. I was an HOUR EARLY so it was tunes in the BREKFST Mobile.

OK it’s a few ticks to 7 so here we go.

BMBC Chicago Exterior
BMBC Chicago
Exterior
BMBC Chicago Exterior
BMBC Chicago
Exterior
BMBC Chicago Exterior Bench
BMBC Chicago
Exterior Bench Starring My Shadow

The place is Barnesqe. Fake wood floors Fake animal heads wood planks on the walls slightly sticky wood tables  and the Steely Dan music   8   Oh and lest we forget a big round sign with a chicken in a suit  sporting a Monocle

BMBC Chicago Interior
BMBC Chicago
Interior
BMBC Chicago Interior
BMBC Chicago
Interior
BMBC Chicago Interior
BMBC Chicago
Interior
BMBC Chicago Table stuff and real live flower
BMBC Chicago
Table stuff and real live flower

The very gracious server brings a cup of Uncommon Coffee (That’s a brand not a comment)    7   Imported from Saugatuk Michigan

The menu is short. YAY  It’s longer on the weekend. I picked an entree.

Pajun Pancake
scallion pancake with 2 eggs any style, pork belly, sautéd with brussells sprouts and fresh garlic with potatoes and toast

It was really more like a Crepe. It was chewy moist and spicy Encrusted with green onions and Jalapeños. It was supplied with potato cubes that were good, seasoned well and garlicky. A sidecar of un buttered sourdough toast see rant page and a choice of eggs. I made the dangerous choice of SS UP. Very few cooks know how to execute them properly. I actually prefer eggs over medium but I like Sunny Eggs for photographs. They of course were under cooked. See rant page again. And finally Brussel Sprouts with Pork Belly. A delightful dish and other than the poorly prepared eggs this was an   8   

BMBC Chicago Pajun Pancake
BMBC Chicago
Pajun Pancake
BMBC Chicago Pajun Pancake
BMBC Chicago
Pajun Pancake
BMBC Chicago Pajun Pancake
BMBC Chicago
Pajun Pancake
BMBC Chicago Pajun Pancake Edge
BMBC Chicago
Pajun Pancake Edge
BMBC Chicago Pajun Pancake
BMBC Chicago
Pajun Pancake
BMBC Chicago Cajun Pancake Gooey Sunny Egg
BMBC Chicago
Pajun Pancake
Gooey Sunny Egg
BMBC Chicago Rancheros Borrachos Burp
BMBC Chicago
Pajun Pancake
Burp

A Chipped Plate. No rant necessary.

BMBC Chicago Chipped Plate
BMBC Chicago
Chipped Plate
BMBC Chicago Toast with unmelted Butter
BMBC Chicago
Toast with unmelted Butter

The ever popular Orange Slice. No need to visit the rant page. Say it with me Gators  “1965 called. They want their garnish back”

BMBC Chicago The Dreaded Orange Slice
BMBC Chicago
The Dreaded Orange Slice

They have specials but they don’t start till 8 when the chef gets there and proclaims them. So in about 12 minutes I will decide on Dish 2. I hope that it’s worth the wait. Ding! 8 o’clock The proclamation comes from on high. I order it.

Rancheros Borrachos

A thick crunchy house made tortilla thing with avocados chorizo some mole style sauce and poached eggs. A sidecar of roasted Plantains Rice Black Beans and Corn The eggs were close. About 40 seconds away from perfection. The Rice was flavorful The Plantain was cooked just enough. The sauce was silky and spiced medium hot.  Overall this was a strong   8   and worth the wait.   

BMBC Chicago Rancheros Borrachos
BMBC Chicago
Rancheros Borrachos
BMBC Chicago Rancheros Borrachos
BMBC Chicago
Rancheros Borrachos
BMBC Chicago Rancheros Borrachos
BMBC Chicago
Rancheros Borrachos BITE

I’m full because the food was scrumptious and I ate more than I usually do. Generally it’s just a few bites. But because you my dear readers demand it I forge ahead.

Bread Pudding French Toast
2 slices of our bread pudding served with orange coulis & fresh berries

This dish was textbook custard French Toast. When it’s done properly such as this one It’s sort of magic. Not since Jam Cafe have I had a decent slice of French Toast.  Yummilicious   9    The Orange Marmalade and the Mascarpone just enhanced the experience.

BMBC Chicago Bread Pudding French Toast
BMBC Chicago
Bread Pudding French Toast
BMBC Chicago Bread Pudding French Toast GONE
BMBC Chicago
Bread Pudding French Toast GONE

Done. You can’t see the X’s on my eyes.  Check paid and out of there.

A good visit Gators. No one asked me to actually join their club. I WOULD have if they had asked.

That’s it Gators. A place to put on your list. Come early. by 9 people were waiting for a seat.

As for me I’m off to my next adventure!

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flo Chicago

flo WEBSITE

This review is for the West Town Location

Good Morning Gators!

What a tough drive I had. I left the house at 6:30am and arrived about 8:45am. Traffic nightmare. I do it for my readers   :0x

Surprisingly the place was empty and it is pretty dark. My pictures suffered so I apologize in advance for the reduced quality.

flo Chicago Exterior
flo Chicago
Exterior

The interior of flo is Hipster Artist Chic. Dark Moody Artsy. Old wood Carpet Free and Electro Funk Music   7   

flo Chicago Interior
flo Chicago
Interior
flo Chicago Interior
flo Chicago
Interior
flo Chicago Interior
flo Chicago
Interior
flo Chicago Interior
flo Chicago
Interior
flo Chicago Interior
flo Chicago
Interior
flo Chicago Interior
flo Chicago
Interior

The Menu is definitely Mexican Leaning. Coffee to start   8   They had ONE Splenda packet in the whole place. Sugar was in order.

The menu is short like I like it. I am going to add a page of rants one of these days.

1st Up

Huevos Verdes
Cheddar cheese-filled enchiladas, housemade chorizo, finished with green chili and fried eggs, potatoes

flo Chicago Huevos Verdes
flo Chicago
Huevos Verdes
flo Chicago Huevos Verdes
flo Chicago
Huevos Verdes

The Potatoes were disappointing. Some of them were nearly uncooked.   5   The dish itself was delicious. The sauce was great. Tasty and seasoned well and just spicy enough. A well balanced  plate   8   

flo makes their own line of Hot Sauce. Mild to HOTT. They were tasty but a bit sweet for me.   7   

flo Chicago House Made Hot Sauce
flo Chicago
House Made Hot Sauce

 

Next Up

Red Chilaquiles
Corn tostada pieces folded with scrambled eggs, black beans, poblano rajas, corn and pico de gallo, simmered in red chili-tomato salsa with cheddar cheese and warm tortilla

flo Chicago Chilaquiles
flo Chicago
Chilaquiles
flo Chicago Chilaquiles
flo Chicago
Chilaquiles

The Tortillas were crisp. The Sauce was flavorful and a good balance of heat and seasoning   8   

Lastly

Frutti Pebbles French Toast  (Not on the Menu) Thanks for the suggestion Christina!

We of course must start with The Dreaded Alton Brown Makes French Toast LINK  I’ll spare you the rant. The Toast was surprisingly tasty but the interior was dry (Of Course) I expected not to like this but I was wrong. It was sweet slightly mapley crunchy and a touch Frutti   8   Very Creative

flo Chicago Frutti Pebbles French Toast
flo Chicago
Frutti Pebbles French Toast
flo Chicago Frutti Pebbles French Toast
flo Chicago
Frutti Pebbles French Toast
flo Chicago Frutti Pebbles French Toast
flo Chicago
Frutti Pebbles French Toast

 

A short sweet review of flo. I wouldn’t rate it as a destination place but it was good. In the neighborhood? Stop in.

 

As for me I’m off to my next adventure!

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