OMG Brunch and Boutique Elmhurst

OMG WEBSITE

Good Morning Gators!

Yes you are correct. I DID review OMG before. They just did a major menu overhaul and invited me back for another taste.

OMG Elmhurst Illinois Exterior
OMG Elmhurst Illinois
Exterior
OMG Elmhurst Illinois Exterior
OMG Elmhurst Illinois
Exterior
OMG Elmhurst Illinois Exterior
OMG Elmhurst Illinois
Exterior

OMG is very cute. It has a style that defies description. it’s sort of 1970’s dark woodish. It is completely devoid of chicken related items   10   Clean neat carpet free. 60’s 70’s easy rock music   9   

OMG Elmhurst Illinois Interior
OMG Elmhurst Illinois
Interior
OMG Elmhurst Illinois Interior
OMG Elmhurst Illinois
Interior
OMG Elmhurst Illinois Interior
OMG Elmhurst Illinois
Interior
OMG Elmhurst Illinois Interior
OMG Elmhurst Illinois
Interior
OMG Elmhurst Illinois Interior
OMG Elmhurst Illinois
Interior
OMG Elmhurst Illinois Interior
OMG Elmhurst Illinois
Interior
OMG Elmhurst Illinois Interior
OMG Elmhurst Illinois
Interior
OMG Elmhurst Illinois Kitchen
OMG Elmhurst Illinois
Kitchen
OMG Elmhurst Illinois Coffee bar and Takeout
OMG Elmhurst Illinois
Coffee bar and Takeout
OMG Elmhurst Illinois Custom Tea
OMG Elmhurst Illinois
Custom Tea
OMG Elmhurst Illinois Tea Pots
OMG Elmhurst Illinois
Tea Pots
OMG Elmhurst Illinois Cups
OMG Elmhurst Illinois
Cups

Yep. Mary wasn’t kidding. There are a lot of new choices. OMG is not your Local Bacon and Eggs Joint. If you want basics go to Mr Allison’s in Arlington Heights. (Get the HAM!) But I digress.

Mary starts the show with Creamsicle Cupcakes! Thanks Mary how sweet! (pun intended)  Delicious Dreamy and Creamy   8   A great start. OH and Coffee   8   

OMG Elmhurst Illinois Creamsicle Cupcakes
OMG Elmhurst Illinois
Creamsicle Cupcakes
OMG Elmhurst Illinois Creamsicle Cupcakes
OMG Elmhurst Illinois
Creamsicle Cupcakes
OMG Elmhurst Illinois Creamsicle Cupcakes
OMG Elmhurst Illinois
Creamsicle Cupcakes

My first choice was easy.

Scallops Eggs Benedict

grit cakes, two poached eggs, arugula, sauce maltaise

I love Scallops so this was a natural choice. The Grit Cake was crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside.Could have used a touch of salt   8   Eggy Citrusy goodness  8   The Scallops were over but had a proper sear   7   The Eggs were under   6    Overall a good choice   8

OMG Elmhurst Illinois Scallop Benedict
OMG Elmhurst Illinois
Scallop Benedict
OMG Elmhurst Illinois Scallop Benedict
OMG Elmhurst Illinois
Scallop Benedict
OMG Elmhurst Illinois Scallop Benedict
OMG Elmhurst Illinois
Scallop Benedict
OMG Elmhurst Illinois Scallop Benedict
OMG Elmhurst Illinois
Scallop Benedict

  

Next the Controversial

DIM SUM

A source of contention between the Chefs and Mary. Mary is For and the Chefs against. When someone orders it they make Mary cook it. I ordered it. She cooked it.

Fluffy and Puffy with a good pork filling. They could use a bit more filling.   A tasty   8   

OMG Elmhurst Illinois DIM SUM
OMG Elmhurst Illinois
DIM SUM
OMG Elmhurst Illinois DIM SUM
OMG Elmhurst Illinois
DIM SUM
OMG Elmhurst Illinois DIM SUM
OMG Elmhurst Illinois
DIM SUM

 

Breakfast Shepherd’s Pie

Irish breakfast sausage, Irish bacon, corned beef, smashed OMG! Potatoes, gouda, cheddar, onion gravy & scrambled egg

Well in spite of the fact that I don’t really like anyones scrambled eggs but mine this was a pretty tasty combo   8   Potatoes Bacon Cheese Sausage Corned Beef. This is something that you eat when it’s zero out and there is 2 feet of snow on the ground.

OMG Elmhurst Illinois Shepards Pie
OMG Elmhurst Illinois
Shepards Pie
OMG Elmhurst Illinois Shepards Pie
OMG Elmhurst Illinois
Shepards Pie

 

Asparagus Benedict

asparagus wrapped in pecan-wood smoked bacon, two poached eggs, hollandaise

It’s pretty it’s basic it’s tasty.  Bacony Eggy Hollandaisy The Eggs were under but how can you not love this?   9  

OMG Elmhurst Illinois Asparagus Benedict
OMG Elmhurst Illinois
Asparagus Benedict
OMG Elmhurst Illinois Asparagus Benedict
OMG Elmhurst Illinois
Asparagus Benedict
OMG Elmhurst Illinois Asparagus Benedict
OMG Elmhurst Illinois
Asparagus Benedict
OMG Elmhurst Illinois Asparagus Benedict
OMG Elmhurst Illinois
Asparagus Benedict
OMG Elmhurst Illinois Asparagus Benedict
OMG Elmhurst Illinois
Asparagus Benedict
OMG Elmhurst Illinois Asparagus Benedict
OMG Elmhurst Illinois
Asparagus Benedict

 

What’s for Sweets Sami? I asked. Banana Bread French Toast says she. Bad idea me thinks but she is persistent. I tell her that I have been chasing the Banana Bread French Toast Unicorn for a long time. She is un bending. OK bring it on. So she Did. Take a break from this lengthy review and take a look at the rant page to familiarize yourself with my stance on French Toast. Bottom line is that the Banana bread is delish but it wasn’t French Toast. It was grilled Banana Bread.   Good non FT BB   8   You win again Unicorn.

OMG Elmhurst Illinois Banana Bread French Toast
OMG Elmhurst Illinois
Banana Bread French Toast
OMG Elmhurst Illinois Banana Bread French Toast
OMG Elmhurst Illinois
Banana Bread French Toast
OMG Elmhurst Illinois Banana Bread French Toast
OMG Elmhurst Illinois
Banana Bread French Toast

  

I thought that was it but what would appear? One more dish. The Chef decided to show off a special signature dish that is not on the menu

Corn Bread Chorizo Scrambled Eggs and Guacamole

All of the elements of this dish were good. I feel like it needed something like a Mole Sauce or something to tie it together. It was an   8   With some tweaking this has a 9 possibilities

OMG Elmhurst Illinois Chef Special
OMG Elmhurst Illinois
Chef Special
OMG Elmhurst Illinois Chef Special
OMG Elmhurst Illinois
Chef Special
OMG Elmhurst Illinois Chef Special
OMG Elmhurst Illinois
Chef Special
OMG Elmhurst Illinois Chef Special
OMG Elmhurst Illinois
Chef Special
OMG Elmhurst Illinois Chef Special
OMG Elmhurst Illinois
Chef Special
OMG Elmhurst Illinois Chef Special
OMG Elmhurst Illinois
Chef Special

 

OMG  ENOUGH ALREADY

I’m rolling myself out of here. Another good visit. Drive out to Elmhurst and eat at OMG

 

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

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ME at OMG
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Dove’s Luncheonette Chicago

Dove’s WEBSITE

Thank You David for the recommendation!  WHISK

Dove’s opens at 9. I normally open with good morning but 9 is almost afternoon.

Dove's Chicago Exterior
Dove’s Chicago
Exterior
Dove's Chicago Exterior
Dove’s Chicago
Exterior
Dove's Chicago Located almost under the L tracks
Dove’s Chicago
Located almost under the L tracks

I hate to start on a negative note especially since my fans know I don’t really like to write anything negative. The place is small but more to my point it’s pretty much all counter and communal dining. If you are a fat introvert like me, this is a bad combination. You are going to be parking your @ss on a stool eating next to a stranger. On the other hand if you are a friendly extrovert that loves to meet new people this is for you. Especially if you love Hipsters.

It was clean and carpet free. I DID spot one Chicken statue. UGH There was an interesting mix of Blues, Soul, R&B and 80’s Porn music. (Not that I have any idea what that sounds like)   7   

Dove's Chicago Interior
Dove’s Chicago
Interior
Dove's Chicago Interior
Dove’s Chicago
Interior
Dove's Chicago Interior
Dove’s Chicago
Interior
Dove's Chicago Interior
Dove’s Chicago
Interior
Dove's Chicago Interior Complete with Hipsters
Dove’s Chicago
Awwwww How Sweet

 

Coffee is served minus any alternative sweetner. Sugar out of a butler is your only choice.

The Coffee was good though   8    They have a couple of delicious cold brews that Matthew brought me to sample. He provided me with the science behind it but I didn’t write it down. Dope     8   

Dove's Chicago Sugar Butler
Dove’s Chicago
Sugar Butler

Water is served out of a fancy bottle

Dove's Chicago Water dispenser
Dove’s Chicago
Water dispenser

 

CLOTH Napkins

Dove's Chicago Cloth Napkins
Dove’s Chicago
Cloth Napkins
Dove's Chicago Cloth Napkins
Dove’s Chicago
Cloth Napkins

 

The menu is of moderate size. I checked it out on line so I had some familiarity with it.  Off we go!

Burnt Ends Hash

I love Burnt Ends so they already have a foot in my culinary door.  The Burnt ends were tender and well seasoned.    8    The potatoes reminded me of potato skins that were chopped and deep fried.    8   The Sunny Side Up eggs were very close to perfect   9   The toast was of your standard Texas variety   5   BUT it was BUTTERED   9    The collective score of this tasty dish is an   8    Dove’s also supplied 3 kinds of spicy house sauces on the table that were all good.

Dove's Chicago Hot Sauce Station
Dove’s Chicago
Hot Sauce Station

 

 

Dove's Chicago Burnt Ends Hash
Dove’s Chicago
Burnt Ends Hash
Dove's Chicago Burnt Ends Hash
Dove’s Chicago
Burnt Ends Hash
Dove's Chicago Burnt Ends Hash
Dove’s Chicago
Burnt Ends Hash
Dove's Chicago Burnt Ends Hash
Dove’s Chicago
Burnt Ends Hash
Dove's Chicago Burnt Ends Hash
Dove’s Chicago
Burnt Ends Hash

 

Avocado Toast

Make sure that you take a look at the Menu for a complete description of this imaginative dish.  It was crispy and very delicious! All it needed was a sprinkle of salt. Unfortunately all that was available was table salt. This was worth parking my big butt on an uncomfortable stool for.   9    

Dove's Chicago Avocado Toast
Dove’s Chicago
Avocado Toast
Dove's Chicago Avocado Toast
Dove’s Chicago
Avocado Toast

 

Chicken Fried Chicken

Some of you may know that there are a couple of comfort foods that are universally loved that I am just luke warm about. One of them is Fried Chicken. This happens to be one of Dove’s signature dishes. I ordered it sort of knowing that I wasn’t going to love it. I was wrong. It was great. Crisp Juicy and a touch of citrus. 2 things were a big contributor. Chicken THIGHS. My favorite. I also suspect that the chicken was brined. The Gravy was fantastic but sparse and I love Peas which were plentiful. Hat off to you Chef You made an   8   bordering on a 9  Fried Chicken Dish.

Dove's Chicago Chicken Fried Chicken
Dove’s Chicago
Chicken Fried Chicken
Dove's Chicago Chicken Fried Chicken
Dove’s Chicago
Chicken Fried Chicken
Dove's Chicago Chicken Fried Chicken
Dove’s Chicago
Chicken Fried Chicken
Dove's Chicago Chicken Fried Chicken
Dove’s Chicago
Chicken Fried Chicken
Dove's Chicago Chicken Fried Chicken
Dove’s Chicago
Chicken Fried Chicken

 

Odd Stubby chicken cutter. As it turned I didn’t need it. It was tender enough to cut with a fork.

Dove's Chicago Stubby Chicken Cutter
Dove’s Chicago
Stubby Chicken Cutter

 

My legs were falling asleep from the stool. I took a trip to the RR to stretch my legs. Matthew wiped off the table and did a fork swap   10

 

Last Up

Sopapillas Con Queso Requesón

A little hard to eat. I could have used the stubby chicken cutter on them. The crispy flying saucers of dough were light and delicious. The ricotta style citrus flavored cheese and Sorghum syrup worked. I haven’t had Sorghum Syrup since I was a small child. YUM    8   

Dove's Chicago Sopapillas
Dove’s Chicago
Sopapillas
Dove's Chicago Sopapillas
Dove’s Chicago
Sopapillas
Dove's Chicago Sopapillas
Dove’s Chicago
Sopapillas
Dove's Chicago Sopapillas
Dove’s Chicago
Sopapillas
Dove's Chicago Sopapillas
Dove’s Chicago
Sopapillas

 

So to wrap it up Gators, Dove’s has good food but you’d better be there when they open. Also be ready for a communal dining experience.

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

 

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Toast two Chicago

Toast two WEBSITE

Good Morning Gators!

Toast two doesn’t open until 8. That’s like the middle of the day! There were a few people waiting to get in. This is an unusual occurance for me.

Toast two Chicago Exterior
Toast two Chicago
Exterior
Toast two Chicago Exterior
Toast two Chicago
Exterior

The place is really small and pretty much all of the seating is bench style. You know how much I hate that.  I sat in a chair that was not designed for my big @ss.  The place is sort of hard to categorize. It’s very Tan and woody.  The music was like electronic Spa music. The Coffee was supplied by Bowtruss Coffee Roasters. It was an interesting blend. Fairly Complex   8   It had a Honey Bear and some kind of Flower from another Planet on the table.

Toast two Chicago Table stuff and Honey Bear
Toast two Chicago
Table stuff and Honey Bear
Toast two Chicago Outer Space Flower
Toast two Chicago
Outer Space Flower

 

The menu was a reasonable size.    8    There wasn’t an overwhelming abundance of options. I knew that I wanted a Benedict but I decided to start with an Omelette. I know that they don’t pose well for pictures but I ordered one anyway.

lorraine
applewood smoked bacon, swiss cheese, onion and chive. Served with House Potatoes and of course Toast

The Potatoes were OK. Pretty fresh but not much seasoning.   7    The Sourdough toast was well toasted and warm.   8   

Toast two Chicago Toast
Toast two Chicago
Toast
Toast two Chicago Toast
Toast two Chicago
Toast

 

The Omelette was overcooked of course. It was fairly tasty though   7

Toast two Chicago Lorraine Omelette
Toast two Chicago
Lorraine Omelette
Toast two Chicago Lorraine Omelette
Toast two Chicago
Lorraine Omelette

 

Next up

Crabby Benedict

The Hollandaise was of the right consistancy but it tasted like savory Lemon Meringue  Pie Filling. It was disconcerting   6   The Eggs were about 42 seconds underdone. The Crab was indeed Crabby but it wasn’t seasoned with anything. A bit of fresh Tarragon or Dill and some citrus was really missing. The Muffin was well toasted. Overall this was a    7   

Toast two Chicago Crabby Benedict
Toast two Chicago
Crabby Benedict
Toast two Chicago Crabby Benedict
Toast two Chicago
Crabby Benedict
Toast two Chicago Crabby Benedict
Toast two Chicago
Crabby Benedict
Toast two Chicago Crabby Benedict
Toast two Chicago
Crabby Benedict
Toast two Chicago Crabby Benedict Toasted Muffin
Toast two Chicago
Crabby Benedict
Toasted Muffin

 

And Finally

mascarpone & pine nuts
anise-flavored pancakes layered with mascarpone and topped with toasted pine nuts, a light fruit salad, honey butter and lavender flowers

The Pancakes were pretty thin. The Honey Butter Syrup that they were coated in made them sorta tough. The Pancakes were pretty good but the lavender made the dish taste like a bar of soap that came from Crabtree and Evelyn. It was very off-putting for me.   I give them a 10 for creativity but for me this dish was a   5  

Toast two Chicago Mascarpone Pancakes
Toast two Chicago
Mascarpone Pancakes
Toast two Chicago Mascarpone Pancakes
Toast two Chicago
Mascarpone Pancakes
Toast two Chicago Mascarpone Pancakes
Toast two Chicago
Mascarpone Pancakes
Toast two Chicago Mascarpone Pancakes
Toast two Chicago
Mascarpone Pancakes
Toast two Chicago Mascarpone Pancakes
Toast two Chicago
Mascarpone Pancakes

 

 

Well Gators that’s it for Toast two. an OK visit. A cute clean neighborhood  place. The food was OK. The service was mixed. I’d stop if I was in the neighborhood but for me not a destination.

 

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STAX Chicago Illinois

STAX WEBSITE

My thanks to David Rodriguez from the famous  WHISK Chicago  for the suggestion.

Good Morning Gators!

Traffic was good. They opened on time. Parking was easy. A great start.

STAX Chicago Exterior
STAX Chicago
Exterior
STAX Chicago Exterior
STAX Chicago
Exterior

 

In We Go

STAX Chicago Interior
STAX Chicago
Interior
STAX Chicago Interior
STAX Chicago
Interior
STAX Chicago Interior
STAX Chicago
Interior
STAX Chicago Interior
STAX Chicago
Interior
STAX Chicago Interior "The Bench"
STAX Chicago
Interior
“The Bench”

If you look carefully you can see my camera bag parked on “The Bench” under the window. Read the bench rant on the rant page if you are unfamillar with it. I hate the bench but I wanted the light for photos. Our very gracious hostess Marzena brought Intelligentsia coffee. It was good and strong.   8    Water was via Milk Jug on the table. Music was a mix of easy rock pop from 70’s to today.   8    There was a grassy thing on the table in a tiny bucket. The plant was genuine plastic.

STAX Chicago Genuine Plastic Plant
STAX Chicago
Genuine Plastic Plant
STAX Chicago Imprinted Mug
STAX Chicago
Imprinted Mug

 

STAX Chicago Water Supply
STAX Chicago
Water Supply

 

While I unpacked and studied the menu Marzena brought over some Freshly squeezed Orange Strawberry Juice   10!   The juice was Yummy   8   

STAX Chicago Freshly Squozed Orange Strawberry Juice
STAX Chicago
Freshly Sqwozed Orange Strawberry Juice

 

It was kind of a tough decision. The menu is medium largish.

Our server finally gave up and went on about her business. Eventually after several cups of coffee I flagged her down.

 

The parma prosciutto

ATOP GRIDDLED POLENTA CAKES, HOLLANDAISE, & PARMESAN CHEESE  Served with house potatoes.

The Potatoes were pretty fresh, roasted, and finished off in the deep-fryer. Seasoned properly and correct salt level.   8    The Polenta cakes could have been crisper and a bit bigger. They kind of got lost but they were quite tasty   8   The Hollandaise was creamy and eggy but not much of it.    8   The Prosciutto is a bit controversial. It was lightly grilled. Purists will think that this is blasphemy. I actually prefer it with a grill kiss. Typical of Prosciutto it was Salty and Porky. There was plenty of it and It was Delicious in this dish.   9   The poached eggs (3) were near perfect.   9   Overall this was a strong   8   If you like Prosciutto you need to get this. The green sprinklie decorative stuff on the plate needs to go. It’s SO 80’s

STAX Chicago Parma Prosciutto Benedict
STAX Chicago
Parma Prosciutto Benedict
STAX Chicago Parma Prosciutto Benedict
STAX Chicago
Parma Prosciutto Benedict
STAX Chicago Parma Prosciutto Benedict
STAX Chicago
Parma Prosciutto Benedict
STAX Chicago Parma Prosciutto Benedict
STAX Chicago
Parma Prosciutto Benedict
STAX Chicago Parma Prosciutto Benedict
STAX Chicago
Parma Prosciutto Benedict
STAX Chicago Parma Prosciutto Benedict
STAX Chicago
Parma Prosciutto Benedict
STAX Chicago Parma Prosciutto Benedict
STAX Chicago
Parma Prosciutto Benedict
STAX Chicago Parma Prosciutto Benedict
STAX Chicago
Parma Prosciutto Benedict
STAX Chicago Parma Prosciutto Benedict 80's plate garnish
STAX Chicago
Parma Prosciutto Benedict
80’s plate garnish

Spanish Harlem

Chorizo Fire Roasted Potatoes Poblano Queso Fresco Topped with Pico and Chipotle   I chose Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes for my bread.

The Pancakes were good. Puffy and Fluffy and Tasty. Served without Butter or Syrup. I’m sure this was an oversight.   8   

 

STAX Chicago Buttermilk Pancakes with Blueberries
STAX Chicago
Buttermilk Pancakes with Blueberries

 

The Chorizo was not your standard red greasy Chorizo. It was more like the texture of Italian Sausage. It was quite good. More Potatoes. The eggs were Brown and overcooked BUT this was a delicious Omelette. Spicy, but not over. Salty, but not over.  An   8   In spite of it’s  doneness.STAX Spanish Omelette 2 W

STAX Chicago Spanish Harlem Omelette
STAX Chicago
Spanish Harlem Omelette
STAX Chicago Spanish Harlem Omelette
STAX Chicago
Spanish Harlem Omelette
STAX Chicago Spanish Harlem Omelette
STAX Chicago
Spanish Harlem Omelette

 

Green chili chilaquiles

BLACK BEANS, QUESO FRESCO, PICO DE GALLO, & CHEDDAR

ADD CHICKEN.  SS Up Eggs. (You knew I was going to)

OK you pretty much already know that the Eggs are undercooked. The whites were snotty.  4   The added Chicken was properly seasoned and not hammered which chicken often is.   8   The green Tomatillo Sauce was moderately spicy and pretty tasty. I’m pretty sure the chips were not made in house. I’ve had a lot Chilaquiles. These were in the middle of the pack.   7   

STAX Chicago Chilaquiles
STAX Chicago
Chilaquiles
STAX Chicago Chilaquiles
STAX Chicago
Chilaquiles
STAX Chicago Chilaquiles
STAX Chicago
Chilaquiles

 

And ironically my last choice was

Healthy Start Pancakes

Oatmeal Blueberry Pancakes with Granola and topped with BB Compote and yogurt.

Delicious! The cakes were fairly light, Oaty, and tender with built in Blueberries. Good flavor and texture. Maybe a tad thin.  Overall a good ending dish.   9

STAX Chicago Oatmeal Pancakes
STAX Chicago
Oatmeal Pancakes
STAX Chicago Oatmeal Pancakes
STAX Chicago
Oatmeal Pancakes
STAX Chicago Oatmeal Pancakes
STAX Chicago
Oatmeal Pancakes
STAX Chicago Oatmeal Pancakes
STAX Chicago
Oatmeal Pancakes
STAX Chicago Oatmeal Pancakes
STAX Chicago
Oatmeal Pancakes

  

That wraps it up for STAX Gators. A good visit. Good food, and Thank you Marzena and Spiro for the great service.

Add STAX to your breakfast list.

 

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