Southern Belle’s Barrington Illinois

Southern Belle’s WEBSITE

Good Morning Gators!

It’s back to the Burbs. I try to mix it up but it is pretty tough to find above average breakfast outside of the city.

Southern Belle’s opens at 6. You know I love it! They opened on time. This is Location 4 for them. They haven’t been open long in this spot as you can see by the sign.

Southern Belle's Barrington Exterior
Southern Belle’s Barrington
Exterior
Southern Belle's Barrington Exterior
Southern Belle’s Barrington
Exterior
Southern Belle's Barrington Exterior
Southern Belle’s Barrington
Exterior

 

The place is clean tidy Chicken and carpet free. It’s sort of country french with a fair amount of mass produced stained glass.   8    The music is Piano Lounge Elevator music. I really have a difficult time believing that someone chose this music on purpose. It makes me think that this is the music that they play in insane asylums.

 

Southern Belle's Barrington Interior
Southern Belle’s Barrington
Interior
Southern Belle's Barrington Interior
Southern Belle’s Barrington
Interior
Southern Belle's Barrington Interior
Southern Belle’s Barrington
Interior
Southern Belle's Barrington Interior
Southern Belle’s Barrington
Interior
Southern Belle's Barrington Interior
Southern Belle’s Barrington
Interior
Southern Belle's Barrington Interior
Southern Belle’s Barrington
Interior

 

You know the drill Gators. Window seat and Coffee. The Coffee is  passable. A dark roast with not much personality. If you dark roast a Flip Flop you can make coffee out of it. Just ask the place with the Green Mermaid.   Coffee   7   

Southern Belle's Barrington Illinois Coffee Mug and Cute Cream Basket
Southern Belle’s Barrington Illinois
Coffee Mug and Cute Cream Basket

The menu is like a big bound book that I neglected to take a pic of. It has a few too many selections for my taste. As usual I look for something that I haven’t had before which is becoming increasingly difficult. On the specials menu is Burnt Ends Benedict. I definitely have NOT had this before. For those of you unfamiliar with Burnt Ends.   BURNT ENDS  This just happens to be a favorite of mine. Done. Ordered. Sunny Side Up Eggs. Oh yes I DID. Biscuits. A small bowl of gravy to sample.

Southern Belle's Barrington Illinois Burnt Ends Skillet in a Skillet
Southern Belle’s Barrington Illinois
Burnt Ends Skillet in a Skillet
Southern Belle's Barrington Illinois Burnt Ends Skillet in a Skillet
Southern Belle’s Barrington Illinois
Burnt Ends Skillet in a Skillet
Southern Belle's Barrington Illinois Burnt Ends Skillet in a Skillet
Southern Belle’s Barrington Illinois
Burnt Ends Skillet in a Skillet

 

The Eggs were cooked fairly well. Too brown on the bottom and not quite cooked on top.   7   

Southern Belle's Barrington Illinois Burnt Ends Skillet in a Skillet Exposed
Southern Belle’s Barrington Illinois
Burnt Ends Skillet in a Skillet Exposed

 

The Burnt Ends were pretty good. Could have been smoked more. I’m guessing that they were made in the oven.   7   

Southern Belle's Barrington Illinois Burnt Ends Skillet in a Skillet
Southern Belle’s Barrington Illinois
Burnt Ends Skillet in a Skillet

 

The Biscuits were pretty tasty. For some reason they were flat on the top as well as the bottom. The Strawberry jam was a bit gooey but tasted good

Southern Belle's Barrington Illinois Biscuits and Jam
Southern Belle’s Barrington Illinois
Biscuits and Jam
Southern Belle's Barrington Illinois Biscuits and Jam
Southern Belle’s Barrington Illinois
Biscuits and Jam

 

The Gravy was pretty good. could use a touch of heat.   7   

Southern Belle's Barrington Illinois Bowl O Gravy
Southern Belle’s Barrington Illinois
Bowl O Gravy

 

Overall a decent skillet.   7    

 

SURPRISE!  Mary Brought some Tiny Corn Muffins   10   How Tiny? Thats a fork in the picture. The muffins had a slight Maple taste to them. They were good and the Peach jam was good   8   A nice treat!

Southern Belle's Barrington Illinois Tiny Corn Muffin With Fork
Southern Belle’s Barrington Illinois
Tiny Corn Muffin With Fork
Southern Belle's Barrington Illinois Tiny Corn Muffin
Southern Belle’s Barrington Illinois
Tiny Corn Muffin
Southern Belle's Barrington Illinois Tiny Corn Muffins
Southern Belle’s Barrington Illinois
Tiny Corn Muffins
Southern Belle's Barrington Illinois Tiny Corn Muffin With Peach Jam Hand Modeling Provided By Me
Southern Belle’s Barrington Illinois
Tiny Corn Muffin With Peach Jam
Hand Modeling Provided By Me

 

Next up

Pork Belly & Eggs

Pork Belly, (2) Eggs Any Style, Served with Hash Browns or Grits, Includes Choice of Toast or (2) Buttermilk Pancakes

I certainly have had my share of Pork Belly and Eggs but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try theirs. I ordered them with Grits and Cakes so I could try them, and Eggs Poached to Scrutinize them.

The Plating was Super Unexciting.

The Eggs were almost Perfect   9   The Pork Belly. Well it was Pork Belly. Crispy from the deep fryer. I don’t think that the Pork Belly was brined or cured. If it was it wasn’t much. Meaty Porky   7     The Grits were pretty standard. A touch under A bit Salty. Needed some Butter or Cheese   7   On a side note if you are going to serve a couple big Pork Hunks you should serve something other than a table knife to cut it.

The Pancakes were decent. Pretty Fluffy and Puffy. That standard vanilla esq mix taste served with Fakle Syrup.   7    Overall this was a   7

Southern Belle's Barrington Illinois Pork Belly and Eggs
Southern Belle’s Barrington Illinois
Pork Belly and Eggs
Southern Belle's Barrington Illinois Pork Belly and Eggs
Southern Belle’s Barrington Illinois
Pork Belly and Eggs
Southern Belle's Barrington Illinois Pancakes
Southern Belle’s Barrington Illinois
Pancakes
Southern Belle's Barrington Illinois Pancakes
Southern Belle’s Barrington Illinois
Pancakes
Southern Belle's Barrington Illinois Butter and Syrup
Southern Belle’s Barrington Illinois
Butter and Syrup

Time for the Sweet Stuff

I ordered Stuffed French Toast at Mary’s suggestion.

Brioche, Strawberry Mascarpone & Fresh Strawberry

HOWEVER Chef Frank sent another Surprise!   10    

Banana Bread French Toast

In House Freshly Baked, Banana, Pecans & Caramel

What Frank didn’t know was that I have been chasing the Banana Bread Unicorn for over a year. He had no idea that this was probably a bad idea to serve this to me. I have had a lot of pretty BBFT but none of it is truly French Toast. See the rant page. The Banana Bread was pretty decent. I’m still hoping that someday I’ll get some actual French Toast not just Banana Bread with a thin layer of brown scrambled eggs on it.  OK off the soapbox.   Southern Banana Bread French Toast 2 W

Southern Belle's Barrington Illinois Banana Bread French Toast
Southern Belle’s Barrington Illinois
Banana Bread French Toast
Southern Belle's Barrington Illinois Banana Bread French Toast
Southern Belle’s Barrington Illinois
Banana Bread French Toast
Southern Belle's Barrington Illinois Banana Bread French Toast
Southern Belle’s Barrington Illinois
Banana Bread French Toast
Southern Belle's Barrington Illinois Banana Bread French Toast
Southern Belle’s Barrington Illinois
Banana Bread French Toast

Overall another   7   

The Stuffed French Toast was another French Toast miss HOWEVER It was Yummy The filling wasTangy Sweet and delish  The Strawberries were Ripe and the Powdered Sugar was Powdery    An overall    8   

Southern Belle's Barrington Illinois Stuffed French Toast
Southern Belle’s Barrington Illinois
Stuffed French Toast
Southern Belle's Barrington Illinois Stuffed French Toast
Southern Belle’s Barrington Illinois
Stuffed French Toast
Southern Belle's Barrington Illinois Stuffed French Toast
Southern Belle’s Barrington Illinois
Stuffed French Toast
Southern Belle's Barrington Illinois Fancy Non Orange Slice Strawberry Rose
Southern Belle’s Barrington Illinois
Fancy Non Orange Slice Strawberry Rose

 

That’s it Gators. I liked Southern Belle’s. It was pretty cute and clean. The service was exceptional and the food was above average. There was a need for another good breakfast spot in Barrington. Belle’s is just the place to fill it.  The Music needs to go though.

 

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WHISK Chicago V2.0

WHISK WEBSITE

Good morning Gators

Some of you sharp eyed Gators may have picked up on the fact that I have reviewed WHISK before. Well some of the reasons are that there has been a menu change, more art, and Al Fresco dining. The big reason though is because I love the place and the Owners David and Rick Rodriguez. It’s my Blog. I go where I want.

2 hours in traffic but I pulled up in front of the place about 6 minutes to open. (They open at 7) I paid the parking robot, put the ticket on the dash, grabbed my camera bag, and off I went.Whisk Exterior W

WHISK Chicago Interior

WHISK Chicago Exterior
WHISK Chicago
Exterior.   Hey thats me in the door!

 

WHISK Chicago Exterior
WHISK Chicago
Exterior

 

WHISK Chicago Exterior
WHISK Chicago
Exterior

 

Big Letters Big Utensils Small Place.

Sonya Greeted me warmly as I walked in. I put my stuff down and started to take pictures. (Sonya if I spelled your name wrong let me know)

The Artwork is provided by local artists and changes. The current Ron Swanson   Motif    10    LINK   is going away the end of the month. The art will be auctioned off and the profits are going to the Greater Chicago Food Depository   LINK    10   

WHISK Chicago Interior
WHISK Chicago
Interior

 

WHISK Chicago Interior
WHISK Chicago
Interior

 

WHISK Chicago Interior
WHISK Chicago
Interior

 

WHISK Chicago Special announcement board
WHISK Chicago
Special announcement board

 

WHISK Chicago Interior
WHISK Chicago
Interior

 

WHISK Chicago Interior
WHISK Chicago
Interior

 

WHISK Chicago Interior
WHISK Chicago
Interior

 

WHISK Chicago Interior
WHISK Chicago
Interior

 

WHISK Chicago Mug Cabinet
WHISK Chicago
Mug Cabinet

 

WHISK Chicago Interior
WHISK Chicago
Interior  You know I hate Community Dining

 

WHISK Chicago Interior
WHISK Chicago
Interior

 

WHISK Chicago Exterior
WHISK Chicago
Ron Swanson Quote

 

WHISK Chicago Ron Swanson Wall Art
WHISK Chicago
Ron Swanson Wall Art

 

WHISK Chicago Ron Swanson Tissue Box
WHISK Chicago
Ron Swanson Tissue Box

 

WHISK Chicago Ron Swanson Quote
WHISK Chicago
Ron Swanson Quote

 

As I was finishing up my artistic endeavors who should appear out of the kitchen but the MAN himself. David Rodriguez (I forgot to take his picture so I have no proof) I gave him a handshake and a hug whether he wanted one or not. we talked awhile about restrauntie type stuff then David proudly showed me the Patio work in progress. It’s very cute and when the weather gets better it will be a great place to dine. I took a few pics and we went back inside.

WHISK Chicago CUTE Patio
WHISK Chicago
CUTE Patio

 

WHISK Chicago CUTE Patio
WHISK Chicago
CUTE Patio

 

WHISK Chicago CUTE Patio
WHISK Chicago
CUTE Patio

 

WHISK Chicago CUTE Patio
WHISK Chicago
CUTE Patio

 

WHISK Chicago CUTE Patio
WHISK Chicago
CUTE Patio

 

We talked a little more shop talk then I thought that I really must be taking up too much of his time and probably boring him so I excused him. I went back up front and got situated. Sonya brought me a Coffee which is a Custom blend for them. Dark and Strong   8    Along with the Coffee Stick. I love this.   10    It’s brilliant. You don’t have to use your spoon for your Coffee.

WHISK Chicago Coffee and Stick
WHISK Chicago
Coffee and Stick

 

Also on the table is a WHISK designer box that holds your flatware, Condiments, extra napkins and a peppermill YES a peppermill.    10    These are the things that get points with me.

WHISK Chicago Table Box
WHISK Chicago
Table Box

WHISK is clean, carpet free, and has 60’s Pop Rock music playing in the background   10 10 and 9

OK Time To Order

The breakfast menu is fairly short. YAY

I knew that I wanted either Corned Beef or Pulled Pork but couldn’t decide. Sonya decided for me. Corned Beef with Sunny Side Up Eggs. Yes it’s true Gators I did it again.

 

BRISKET HASH
House-braised beef brisket, bell peppers, fresh jalapeños, onion, and chard served on top of house potatoes, topped with two eggs any style and pepper jack cheese sauce, and choice of toast

 

Might as well start right off with the Eggs. Well they were nearly perfect. Yes Gators Unicorns DO Exist. Great Job David.   9    The best rating that I’ve ever given for Sunny Side Up Eggs. Excuse me a moment, I feel a tear coming on.

The Potato Cubes were crisp on the outside and tender on the inside.  The Onions, Green Red and Yellow Bell Peppers were tender Crisp. I really dislike Green Bell Peppers but they are a traditional Hash ingredient.   8     The cheese was cheesy. The Beef was Beefy, Salty and well seasoned.  This was one of the best hashes I’ve had   9     Oh and the Rye bread and house made Jam were delicious.

WHISK Chicago Corned Beef Hash Expertly cooked SS Up Egg
WHISK Chicago
Corned Beef Hash
Expertly cooked SS Up Egg
WHISK Chicago Corned Beef Hash
WHISK Chicago
Corned Beef Hash
WHISK Chicago Corned Beef Hash
WHISK Chicago
Corned Beef Hash
WHISK Chicago Corned Beef Hash
WHISK Chicago
Corned Beef Hash

There was a Watermelon Slice. Hey it’s not an Orange.

WHISK Chicago Watermelon Slice
WHISK Chicago
Watermelon Slice

 

I was trying to decide between Crab Cakes or Shrimp and Grits. Sonya said Grits so Grits it is.

 

DAVID’S SPECIAL
Sautéed garlic shrimp, bacon, mushrooms, scallions, wine and cream sauce served over cheesy grits

 

My first concern for my order was artistic. I expected that it wouldn’t be good for pictures. I was right.

Grits are just ground up dried corn. They don’t really taste like much. It’s all about the prep. Shrimp are bottom feeding water bugs that don’t taste like much. It’s all about the prep. These  make for a blank canvas that artists can create beautiful art with if they have the talent or a piece of crap if they can’t draw a straight line like me.  David took these bland Items and turned out a masterpiece. He is the Renoir of Grits.

Sonya came over and set the bowl down. The incredible aroma wafted up to greet me. I couldn’t wait to dig in but I had to take pics and notes first. It was agony.

The cream sauce sublime. The Bacon a good addition and I’m about baconed out. The Shrimp were seasoned. David has a handle on layers of flavors. They were a touch overcooked which I blame on the Hot Grits. Speaking of Grits. The Grits were silky smooth and full of flavor. I haven’t decided yet if these were the best grits that I’ve ever had. They may have been.   9    They were so good that the Shrimp were actually not necessary.

Don’t let the crummy pictures fool you. These Grits are Amazing

WHISK Chicago David's Special Grits with Shrimp
WHISK Chicago
David’s Special
Grits with Shrimp
WHISK Chicago David's Special Grits with Shrimp
WHISK Chicago
David’s Special
Grits with Shrimp
WHISK Chicago David's Special Grits with Shrimp Sweetner Butler for Scale
WHISK Chicago
David’s Special
Grits with Shrimp
Sweetner Butler for Scale

 

SNICKERS STUFFED FRENCH TOAST
Two slices of Texas toast filled with Snickers chocolate, served with white chocolate sauce

When Sonya Suggested it I fully expected that this was going to be a letdown. The words French Toast bring feelings of joy and dismay to me. Properly made it’s a near religious experience. Done wrong, like nearly all places do, it’s criminal.  This was a tough call. The french toast part of this was about 80% right for me. It wasn’t your normal un soaked bread but it wasn’t quite there for me either. It needed a bit longer. BUT the saving grace was the rest of it. The Snicker part was right on and the White Chocolate Creme Anglaise style sauce was Yummylicious.  The Mint Sprig was Minty and Spriggy. This deal was a Strong   8    teetering on a 9   It could be an easy push over.

 

It’s A SNOWSTORM of Flavor

Whisk Chicago Snickers French Toast
Whisk Chicago
Snickers French Toast
Whisk Chicago Snickers French Toast
Whisk Chicago
Snickers French Toast
Whisk Chicago Snickers French Toast
Whisk Chicago
Snickers French Toast
Whisk Chicago Snickers French Toast
Whisk Chicago
Snickers French Toast
Whisk Chicago Snickers French Toast I ate almost all of it. I'm disgusting
Whisk Chicago
Snickers French Toast
I ate almost all of it.
I’m disgusting

 

See This? It’s a leftover bag. Something I generally have NO interest in. Not true at WHISK.

WHISK Chicago Leftovers
WHISK Chicago
Leftovers

 

OK That’s it Gators

A great visit at a great place.

WHISK is A Breakfast Gator Top Pick

Get in your Whip or your Hooptie and get down there. If you don’t you are going to regret it. Your’e welcome.

 

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OMG Elmhurst Illinois

OMG WEBSITE

Good Morning Gators!

Last Monday was the day after Mothers Day. OMG didn’t open until 8. Unfortunately I was there at 6 which is the time posted on the website and on the door. As it turns out they opened late because they had over 400 people for Mothers Day and they needed a break.

We waited till 6:30 then gave up. I Yelped another place and took off. The place wasn’t that great and I didn’t review it.

Back on Friday for another visit. 6am on the dot. A booth by the window and off we go

OMG Elmhurst Exterior
OMG Elmhurst
Exterior

Greeted Warmly by Mary the owner. She sat down in the booth next to me and we learned about her humble beginnings to the present day. An incredible story told over great coffee. She needs a good ghost writer if you know one.

The place is cute with a hip 70’s vibe. Clean and Carpet free. The music is 60’s 70’s and 80’s classic rock. Love me some Foreigner.

OMG Elmhurst Interior
OMG Elmhurst
Interior
OMG Elmhurst Interior
OMG Elmhurst
Interior
OMG Elmhurst Interior
OMG Elmhurst
Interior
OMG Elmhurst Interior
OMG Elmhurst
Interior
OMG Elmhurst Interior
OMG Elmhurst
Interior

 

The most excellent server Samantha brings more coffee which comes from True Brew a locally sourced product which as Mary informed us is an attribute of much of the food that they serve.

They also have a wide variety of fine loose teas.

OMG Elmhurst Loose Tea Selection
OMG Elmhurst
Loose Tea Selection

While were talking we were presented with a trio of Blueberry Muffins. A Yummy   8    

OMG Elmhurst Mid Size BB Muffins
OMG Elmhurst
Mid Size BB Muffins

 

The Menu is pretty short   10   There are several super interesting choices. They have Dim Sum of the day on the menu. I must have this Mary. Nope, It was stricken do to lack of interest.  UGH! Oh well next choice.

Banger Benedict

We proudly serve locally-sourced Bangers. Enjoy our Bangers and potato pancakes served with an onion ale gravy

I made the assumption that this would be served with eggs. Nope.

On the table is an unusual surprise. A salt and Pepper Mill! WHAT?! (See my salt and pepper rant on the rant page)

OMG Elmhurst Salt and Pepper Mill
OMG Elmhurst
Salt and Pepper Mill

 

The first round arrived quickly.

OMG Elmhurst Bangers Benedict Egg Free

OMG Elmhurst
Bangers Benedict
Egg Free

OMG Elmhurst Bangers Benedict Egg Free
OMG Elmhurst
Bangers Benedict
Egg Free

 

The Caramelized Onions were savory salty and delicious   8   The Sausage was seasoned perfectly and stood up to the onions.  8   The potato pancakes were crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. They rank up there with some of the best that Iv’e had.  8   This was a good start.   8   

This entree was my choice. I asked Mary what I should order next.  Grits with extra cheese and Shrimp. Bring It.

 

OMG Elmhurst Extra Cheese Grits with Shrimp
OMG Elmhurst
Extra Cheese Grits with Shrimp
OMG Elmhurst Extra Cheese Grits with Shrimp
OMG Elmhurst
Extra Cheese Grits with Shrimp

The Grits were a tad under which gave them a touch of texture. They were super creamy and the cheese made them a bit salty. They were delicious. Some of the best I’ve had   The shrimp were a little over. This was a great second course   9

On a side note I saw the Chef tasting something in the kitchen. A good sign

3rd up

Chef Surprise

I was able to get something from the upcoming menu revision how exciting!

Barbecue Chicken Tacos

House made Guacamole and Slaw

The Thigh meat (my favorite) was slightly spicy salty and Barbecuie.  9   Good Guacamole   8   Slaw   7    Tortilla was soft and pliable. This surprise was an overall   8   Keep the rating in mind that Tacos are not generally something that I order for breakfast.

OMG Elmhurst Barbecue Chicken Tacos
OMG Elmhurst
Barbecue Chicken Tacos
OMG Elmhurst Barbecue Chicken Tacos
OMG Elmhurst
Barbecue Chicken Tacos
OMG Elmhurst Barbecue Chicken Tacos
OMG Elmhurst
Barbecue Chicken Tacos
OMG Elmhurst Barbecue Chicken Tacos
OMG Elmhurst
Barbecue Chicken Tacos

 

Please note the absence of Orange Slices on all of the Entrees   10

 

Sweet Side

Brioche French Toast

Served with our house made bourbon hard sauce & berry drizzle

Before you read the result read my French Toast Rant on the Rant Page. (Unless of course you are familiar with my rant already)

This was a delicious   8    in spite of the fact that it wasn’t properly custardy French Toast. With a longer soak it could have been an easy  9

OMG Elmhurst Brioche French Toast
OMG Elmhurst
Brioche French Toast
OMG Elmhurst Brioche French Toast
OMG Elmhurst
Brioche French Toast
OMG Elmhurst Brioche French Toast Dry Interior
OMG Elmhurst
Brioche French Toast
Dry Interior

 

Cookies!

Cookies appeared. well actually I think Debra the very friendly Front Of The House Manager brought them. These are still in the experimental phase. 2 kinds. Chocolate Chip and a Snickerdoodle esq  The Chocolate Chip was excellent and I’m not even a major plain chocolate chip cookie fan.   9    The Doodle was just OK  6

OMG Elmhurst Cookie Plate
OMG Elmhurst
Cookie Plate
OMG Elmhurst Chocolate Chip Cookie
OMG Elmhurst
Chocolate Chip Cookie

 

I was mentally wrapping up the visit then it occurred to me that Mary was very proud of the House Made Corned beef Hash. I asked Debra if I could just taste it. She was happy to oblige. She returned with a medium size plate of Hash and Spuds.

It was worth the ask. It was one of the better hashes that I’ve had. Notice a pattern? Seasoned nicely salted nicely Crisp tender delicious and not ground to a paste.   8   Now I’m DONE!

OMG Elmhurst House Made Corned Beef Hash
OMG Elmhurst
House Made Corned Beef Hash

 

 

HISTORY NOTE:

This is the first time that I’ve ever reviewed a place and didn’t have a single Egg

 

OK Gators that’s it for this visit. It was a good one. I don’t get a lot of good suburban places. Great Food Great Service. Put OMG on your list. Your’e welcome.

Watch for a second location in Wheaton next Month

 

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Nookies Chicago

This Review is for the Edgewater Location Nookies WEBSITE

Good Morning Gators!

Traffic was pretty decent and I arrived in enough time to drive around the block a few times to find parking and to find the place. I don’t think the proprietors want you to find it. This was by far the most generic restaurant storefront yet. I drove past it twice looking for it and you could see why.

Cookies Chicago Generic Exterior
Nookies Chicago
Generic Exterior
Cookies Chicago Exterior Signage
Nookies Chicago
GIANT Exterior Signage

The original Nookies from 1973 Had a better sign

Nookies Chicago Original 1973 Location It had a better sign
Nookies Chicago
Original 1973 Location
It had a better sign

 

The interior has a Hotel Lobby feel   7   Jazz music is playing   7    The place is BIG and Carpet free

Nookies Chicago Interior
Nookies Chicago
Interior
Nookies Chicago Interior
Nookies Chicago
Interior
Nookies Chicago Interior
Nookies Chicago
Interior
Nookies Chicago Interior
Nookies Chicago
Interior
Nookies Chicago Full Bar
Nookies Chicago
Full Bar

Coffee is served by our most excellent Server Hasani   Coffee   7   Hasani   10   Fancy Cloth Napkins

The menu is pretty big in both size and scope. Gators know that I really dislike big menus

Nookies Chicago Big Menu in size and selection
Nookies Chicago
Big Menu in size and selection

 

I looked at the menu online so I had a general idea what I wanted but of course there are specials.  I ordered Lamb Sausage off of the special sheet. After a few minutes had passed the manager Andreas came over and told us that the special was not available due to a lack of ingredients that haven’t arrived from the supplier yet. I was pretty disappointed but instead I ordered…

Paris Benedict-  Grilled brioche topped with poached eggs, gruyere cheese, cherrywood smoked bacon, grilled fresh asparagus, and truffle and chive cream; served with roast red potatoes

Potatoes.    7    Very similar to Alexanders in Elgin Illinois. The Hollandaise was good. Smooth thick and garlicky but not overly   8   Thick Bacony Bacon   8    The Asparagus was tender crisp   8    The bread was good but under toasted   7   The cheese was un melted and the Poached eggs were Over. (better than under)   6    Over all this dish was a    7    With a bit more attention it could be bumped up to an solid   8

I almost forgot the Orange Wedge! I wasn’t going to say it but I know that some of my fellow Gators are already thinking it. “1965 called and they want their garnish back” There ya go.   :0)

 

Nookies Chicago Paris Benedict
Nookies Chicago
Paris Benedict
Nookies Chicago Paris Benedict
Nookies Chicago
Paris Benedict
Nookies Chicago Paris Benedict Non Melted Cheese
Nookies Chicago
Paris Benedict
Non Melted Cheese
Nookies Chicago Paris Benedict Overcooked Egg
Nookies Chicago
Paris Benedict
Overcooked Egg
Nookies Chicago Paris Benedict Bite It
Nookies Chicago
Paris Benedict
Bite It
Nookies Chicago Orange Wedge
Nookies Chicago
Orange Wedge

 

Breakfast Enchiladas

Corn tortillas stuffed with pulled pork, peppers, onions, and Chihuahua cheese, topped with two eggs your way and salsa verde, served with rice and beans

White rice and onions. Eh   6   The beans were OK. A bit soupy   6    Sunnyside Up Eggs. Cooked? Nope   5    The green sauce was good and so was the Pork. Tender and Porky.  Overall this was a   7    

Nookies Chicago Breakfast Enchiladas
Nookies Chicago
Breakfast Enchiladas
Nookies Chicago Breakfast Enchiladas
Nookies Chicago
Breakfast Enchiladas
Nookies Chicago Breakfast Enchiladas
Nookies Chicago
Breakfast Enchiladas
Nookies Chicago Breakfast Enchiladas
Nookies Chicago
Breakfast Enchiladas
Nookies Chicago Breakfast Enchiladas
Nookies Chicago
Breakfast Enchiladas
Nookies Chicago Breakfast Enchiladas
Nookies Chicago
Breakfast Enchiladas

 

Just as I about to order the sweet round Andreas appeared with the Lamb Sausage Entree.

Grilled Merguez Sausage served over Grits with warm Tomato Chutney and Arugula Salad.

I am going to come out of the gate and tell you that this one of the tastiest dishes that I’ve had. The Grits were a bit under done but tasty. The Tomato Chutney was delicious. Sweet Tangy and Spicy   9    The Poached Eggs were near perfect   9    The lamb sausage was spiced right. Nutmeg Cinnamon Allspice maybe and a bit of heat    9   The Arugula salad was a good foil to cut the richness. Overall this was a very rare   9   I was very happy this showed up. I want to point out that this is a seasonal special. I really think that it needs to be added to the regular menu.

Nookies Chicago Lamb Sausage
Nookies Chicago
Lamb Sausage
Nookies Chicago Lamb Sausage
Nookies Chicago
Lamb Sausage
Nookies Chicago Lamb Sausage
Nookies Chicago
Lamb Sausage

 

Sweet Flight

Cherry Hotcakes

Bread pudding style pancakes with white chocolate toasted almonds  and sweet and tart cherry sauce

Orange Spiced French Toast

Home made spiced orange bread battered and grilled strawberries pineapple and caramelized pineapple syrup.

Oatmeal Cakes

Oatmeal pancakes with Heath and Coffee topping

The Oatmeal cakes were a bit thin and chewy but pretty tasty. The coffee and heath flavor came through   7    

The French Toast wasn’t french toast. (See Rant Page)

The bread was a   9    The caramel sauce was caramelly and Syrupy sweet and good   8

Bread Pudding Pancakes

The pancake tasted a little charred. It was custardy and soft and a touch floury.   7    The cherry maple syrup was good   8    The flight as a whole was an   8   

Nookies Chicago Sweet Flight
Nookies Chicago
Sweet Flight
Nookies Chicago Oatmeal Pancakes
Nookies Chicago
Oatmeal Pancakes
Nookies Chicago Oatmeal Pancakes
Nookies Chicago
Oatmeal Pancakes
Nookies Chicago Orange Spiced French Toast
Nookies Chicago
Orange Spiced French Toast
Nookies Chicago Orange Spiced French Toast
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Orange Spiced French Toast Egg Flap
Nookies Chicago Orange Spiced French Toast
Nookies Chicago
Orange Spiced French Toast
Nookies Chicago Orange Spiced French Toast
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Orange Spiced French Toast Unsoaked Bread
Nookies Chicago Bread Pudding Pancakes
Nookies Chicago
Bread Pudding Pancakes
Nookies Chicago Bread Pudding Pancakes
Nookies Chicago
Bread Pudding Pancakes

 

This trip was a bit of a mixed bag. Some OK bites and some Fantastic.

The service was excellent.

I would suggest you get there before the Lamb Sausage is gone off of the special sheet. It was worth the trip.

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

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