Reviews of Breakfast and Brunch Restaurants

The Gators go to New Orleans

Good Morning Gators!

Time for another special Edition. We were able to get to 5 places on this outing. The reviews are streamlined for 2 reasons 1 because there are 5 reviews and I want to keep things moving and B because I’m old and in spite of having my usual cryptic notes I don’t remember all of the details. Off we go.

 

Morning 1

CURIO

Curio’s WEBSITE

 

 

Our lead off set the tone for the rest of the week. Curio was a pretty nice joint. Cloth napkins and all. Contemporary music played in the background. There is no exterior shot because I had a small brain hemorrhage and didn’t take one.  The decor was a mix of old New Orleans and a bit of modern flare.

Curio New Orleans
Interior

Curio New Orleans
Interior

Curio New Orleans
Interior

Curio New Orleans
Umbrella Stand and Bags
Nice Touch

Our server Ashley brought coffee which was a tad weak but passable   7   The menu was fairly small so we zeroed in on our selections right away.

We wanted to start with some Beignets but were informed that they weren’t ready so I started breakfast with a sad face.

Diane:

As soon as we were seated I knew we had picked a winner. Although there were only a few other patrons here, it was Monday morning so there would be lots of time to savor a leisurely breakfast. We sat near an open patio door and although it was stifling hot, there was a light and lovely breeze. The hot coffee was great and I’m not certain if it was the heavy cream in a tiny stainless pitcher, or the brew itself….either way; I surely felt spoiled,

Nola Benedict

Cajun Style Slow Roasted Pork, Buttermilk Biscuit, Brown Butter Hollandaise Sauce, Brabant Potatoes

The Hollandaise was silky smooth and tasty but a tad salty.   8   The potatoes were crisp and fresh.   8   The pork had a delicious mustard based slightly sweet sauce applied. Yummy.   9   The house made Biscuit was one of the best I’ve had. Fluffy tender deliciousness. Fantastic   9   The Eggs were a bit under   5   A great springboard to our trip. This was one of the best Benedicts that I’ve ever had.   9   

Diane:

To be fair, the only taste I had of this dish was the pork and baked biscuit. The biscuit was high and tender and salted perfectly 9

 

Curio New Orleans
Nola Benedict

Curio New Orleans
Nola Benedict

Curio New Orleans
Nola Benedict

Curio New Orleans
Nola Benedict

Curio New Orleans
Nola Benedict

 

Shrimp and Grits

Louisiana Gulf Shrimp, Andouille Gravy, Jalapeño Cheddar Grits

 

One of the things that I looked forward to coming to NO was being able to have some local fresh shrimp. As you may or may not know It’s pretty unlikely that you’ve ever gotten shrimp in the midwest that are actually fresh. They are either frozen or previously frozen. I was very excited. The Andouille Sausage Gravy was on point. The seasoning was perfect with a nice slightly over salted salt level. Not a trace of flour taste and not a lump to be found.   8   The grits were a tad under but the seasoning and cheese level was right where it should be. 8   The Local fresh Shrimp was the star. I didn’t know that shrimp actually taste like something. The ones you get at home are more texture than flavor. Often they are overcooked are are like chewing pencil erasers. These were tender and delicious. Very Shrimpy.   9   Another winner   9   

Diane:

Ever since I was a wee one, I loved shrimp. From the little Sausea brand jars with tiny rubbery shrimp and cocktail sauce, to the corner tavern newspaper wrapped Lenten jumbo shrimp dinners my Dad brought home, my favorite treat has been shrimp, But until I tasted fresh shrimp in Galveston Texas years ago, I was not aware of the vast difference. These shrimp were sublime. 9 The gravy and grits literally melted in your mouth, and the grits were married with a subtle cheese, not a Hit You In Da Head cheddar. Wow 10

 

Curio New Orleans
Shrimp and Grits

Curio New Orleans
Shrimp and Grits

Curio New Orleans
Shrimp and Grits

Curio New Orleans
Shrimp and Grits

Curio New Orleans
Shrimp and Grits

 

Somewhere in the midst of all of this we met the Manager Oscar. Great guy. He obviously loved working here.

 

Last Up

Caramelized Baked French Toast

Seasonal Fruit, Local Cane Syrup, Soft Whipped Cream

 

The soft scoops of whipped cream were reminiscent of very light Ricotta Cheese with a super subtle almond flavor. Whatever form of New Orleans Voodoo they used on this it worked. Iv’e never had anything quite like it.   9   The baked FT was a mix of soft custardy to crunchy crisp. A great contrast of textures.   9   The popular Cane Syrup is a not too sweet syrup with just a hint of molassesness. This was a great end to a great meal.   9   

 

Diane:

We were fortunate to meet the manager, Oscar, a local who loves NOLA. He told us about how much he loved his city and enjoyed that his birthday was in Autumn. Due to the heavy whipping cream, I drank more coffee than usual and was a bit jacked up and loopy. However, the French Toast was the highlight of breakfast with its crispy carmelized edges and custard silk middle. The whipped cream was denser than any I’ve ever tasted and had the consistency of whipped ricotta with hint of vanilla. A warm drizzle of Cane syrup finished this off perfectly  9

Curio New Orleans
Baked French Toast

Curio New Orleans
Baked French Toast

Curio New Orleans
Baked French Toast

Curio New Orleans
Baked French Toast
Gone

Thanks Curio You are the one to beat

 

HORNS

Horns WEBSITE

Horns New Orleans
Exterior

Horns New Orleans
Exterior

Horns New Orleans
Exterior
Lost Shoes

 

Horns reminds me of a lot of the places that you find in Portland Oregon. It has that Hipster vibe. From the beat up furnishings, the Hipster pop rock music, and the hand made pottery that the owner turns out herself. It’s kind of like the basement of a 70’s house. 70’s family photos and stuffed animal heads. No chicken decor is present.

 

Horns New Orleans
Interior

Horns New Orleans
Interior

Horns New Orleans
Interior

Horns New Orleans
Handmade Butter Butler

Horns New Orleans
Handmade Butter Butler

Horns New Orleans
Interior

Horns New Orleans
Interior

 

Darrel took our coffee order and it was delivered by a lip ringed young man in shorts and cowboy boots. We checked out the menu and made decisions.

 

Savory Breakfast

Savory Spinach and Mushroom Bread Pudding Topped with 2 Over Medium Eggs

 

It’s crazy savory. Soft moist mushroomy earthy peppery   9   Fantastic.  Super original. The more I ate it the more I liked it.

Diane:

I loved it as soon as we walked up and saw the maryjanes under a bench on the sidewalk outside. Fun and quirky. The National and Naked and Famous playlists. I’m thinking …..Gosh this has to be the sign of a very inventive menu, and indeed it was!

The savory bread pudding caught our attention and we knew we would start with it, and although it did not look colorful and pretty, the deep rich mushroom and pepper taste was unlike any dressing we had ever tasted. It was crusty outside yet moist on inside. Delicious 8

 

Horns New Orleans
A Savory Breakfast

Horns New Orleans
A Savory Breakfast

Horns New Orleans
A Savory Breakfast

Horns New Orleans
A Savory Breakfast

Horns New Orleans
A Savory Breakfast

 

Crabby Wife
two eggs on top of a crab cake soaked in crawfish stout ffée served with a biscuit

Super Crabby and Spicy. There are a few Crawfish in there for good measure. The Crab Cake was decent. It was pretty flavorful and seasoned well. The broth was tasty and had a good salt level. The eggs looked like they were cooked in a ring. it was perfectly round. Overall this was a Crabtacular   8

 

Diane:

This fragrant and dish was full of crabmeat and crawfish which was seasoned well 8 The biscuit was nothing out of the ordinary 6

Horns New Orleans
Crabby Wife

Horns New Orleans
Crabby Wife

Horns New Orleans
Crabby Wife

Horns New Orleans
Crabby Wife
Egg close up

 

Sweet Potato Pancakes

This was a special. A little sweet a little savory a little Cinnamony. Darrel brought us some Local Dr. Bills Syrup that was a mix of Cane and Maple Syrup It was delecious and Vitamin Fortified. I feel healthier already. The Cakes are not very photogenic but delicious.   8

Diane:

We learned about Cane syrup from Darrel who told us that in the South, its as common as table honey in the North. These cakes were fluffy and had a distinct spicy cloves Sweet Potato flavor… unique and so tasty. I really enjoy the syrup because at times , a strong maple syrup can overpower a less dominant flavor, and this is a great example 8

Horns New Orleans
Sweet Potato Pancakes

Horns New Orleans
Exterior

 

Horns New Orleans
Dr Bills Syrup

Horns New Orleans
Dr Bills Syrup

Horns New Orleans
Dr Bills Syrup

 

That’s it for Horns. A great second stop.

 

The Ruby Slipper

The Ruby Slipper WEBSITE

 

 

The Ruby Slipper New Orleans
Exterior

 

 

Spacious dark and felt like a New Orleans Bar Movie Set.

 

The Ruby Slipper New Orleans

The Ruby Slipper New Orleans

 

Jazz music plays in the background which fits the venue. Our most excellent server Nicole served coffee. The coffee supplier is French Truck Coffee. It’s dark and super strong   8  

Nicole and I

 

The menu is pretty extensive. It took a few minutes to narrow down the final choices.

Diane:

Gene nails it when he compares this place to a movie set. A unique feature here is the bar in the center where patrons were seated as single brunchers. We glanced up to spy a young lady dressed  in a fitted shirt dress in a 50’s print kitten fabric, red cat eyes, full sleeve tats, and a navy ponytail seated next to a guy with a boxy tweed jacket, slicked back side parted hair, and stovepipe slacks. Everyone comes here to eat, it’s really a rich feast for all the senses. Our waitress was so charming and patient and kept our coffee cups filled.

 

BBQ SHRIMP & GRITS
Sauteed Gulf shrimp with beer & rosemary butter reduction, over creamy stone ground grits served with a buttermilk biscuit

 

The Barbecue sauce was sweet and tangy. The Local Shrimp were super flavorful. The Grits were good on their own. The Biscuit was Tender light and fluffy. It was served with Cane Syrup Butter. In spite of the fact that it was served on a chipped serving dish it was a very tasty   8    

Diane:

The biscuit was great and reminded me of Popeye’s biscuits, btw that is a good thing  7  Shrimp were very fresh and flavorful yet the star here were the fabulous grits, cooked and seasoned to a tasty 8

The Ruby Slipper New Orleans
BBQ Shrimp and Grits on Chipped Serving Dish

 

The Ruby Slipper New Orleans
BBQ Shrimp and Grits

 

 

Trifecta Benedict

EGGS COCHON
Slow-cooked, apple-braised pork debris served over a buttermilk biscuit, topped with two poached eggs,finished with hollandaise

CHICKEN ST. CHARLES
Fried chicken breast served over a buttermilk biscuit,topped with two poached eggs, finished with a porktasso cream sauce

SHRIMP BOOGALOO BENEDICT
Gulf shrimp sauteed with pork tasso and creole tomato sauce served over fried green tomatoes, a buttermilk biscuit and two poached eggs

 

 

I spite of the fact that the eggs were a bit overcooked these were   8s  across the board.

Diane:

More of those lofty, salty and crisp top biscuits, they are so delicious. Since I ignore poached eggs as a rule, my focus is always on the creativity of sauces and middle stuff. I adored the Boogaloo even though it had so much going on. The fried green tomato was crispy and firm inside. This is a Must Order! 9

 

The Ruby Slipper New Orleans
Trifecta Benedict

The Ruby Slipper New Orleans
Trifecta Benedict

The Ruby Slipper New Orleans
Trifecta Benedict

The Ruby Slipper New Orleans
Trifecta Benedict

The Ruby Slipper New Orleans
Trifecta Benedict

The Ruby Slipper New Orleans
Trifecta Benedict

 

PANCAKE FLIGHT
A tasting of our specialty pancakes, including one each of Cinnamon Swirl, Bacon Praline, & our Pancake of the Day  (Cream Cheese Blueberry Danish)

 

Let me start by saying that you need to go the the rant page and read how I feel about mix pancakes. THESE were NOT from a mix. They were slightly crispy fluffy tender soft and slightly greasy just like Gramma made em. They were   8s   across the board.

Diane:

Lawdy Mama…. closest to the best pancakes I’ve ever tasted. ( David from WHISK in Chicago still wears the crown) The Cream Cheese blueberry Danish was sinful. Every bite is a “mmmmm hmmmm” 8

The Ruby Slipper New Orleans
Pancake Flight

The Ruby Slipper New Orleans
Pancake Flight

 

 

Elizabeths Restaurant

 

Elizabeths Restaurant New Orleans
Exterior

Elizabeths Restaurant New Orleans
Exterior

Elizabeths Restaurant New Orleans
Exterior

Elizabeths Restaurant New Orleans
Exterior

Craziest Interior Ever. A Cajun Explosion. The music was all over the board just like this place. R&B Country Lionel Richie. And to make things worse there was radio music blasting from the kitchen. I like when people enjoy their work but the blaring side music was a bit annoying.

Diane:

It was HOT. It was LOUD. I passed on a cup of coffee due to the sticky condition my condition was in.

However, the interior was so kitschy bright and cheerful that I found myself in a great mood to be there. I am a sucker for loud and bright vinyl tablecloths. I ordered a freshly squeezed jumbo orange juice and listened to the two crude dudes behind us talk about the waitresses while perusing the smallish menu.

 

Elizabeths Restaurant New Orleans
Interior

Elizabeths Restaurant New Orleans
Interior

Elizabeths Restaurant New Orleans
Interior

Elizabeths Restaurant New Orleans
Interior

Elizabeths Restaurant New Orleans
Interior

Elizabeths Restaurant New Orleans
Interior

 

The menu was fairly smallish so it did’t take much time to make a decision.

 

 

EGGS ELIZABETH

Grilled French Bread with Ham, Poached Eggs & Hollandaise

 

 

The Grits were cheesy and buttery. A decent version    7    The eggs were near perfect    9    The Hollandaise was smooth silky and tart    8    The thinly sliced Ham was slightly charred and Hammy.    8    The french bread was crusty and lightly toasted    8    Although it was a slightly different take on your normal Bennie It wasn’t all that exciting over all. I probably wouldn’t re order it.    7    

Diane:

I can only comment on the grits since I did not try the rest. The truth is that NO is full of places that serve their own signature style of grits. These were smooth and very cheesy. 7

Elizabeths Restaurant New Orleans
Eggs Elizabeth

Elizabeths Restaurant New Orleans
Eggs Elizabeth

Elizabeths Restaurant New Orleans
Eggs Elizabeth

Elizabeths Restaurant New Orleans
Eggs Elizabeth

Elizabeths Restaurant New Orleans
Eggs Elizabeth

 

FRENCH TOAST BURRITO

Eggs, Bacon & Sausage inside a French Toast Battered Tortilla w/ Sugar and Syrup on top

This was something I had never seen before therefore I HAD to order it. I suspected that this was going to be a bomb. As it turned out it was reasonably tasty but of course the tortilla was sort of useless for a french toast device. In spite of that it earned a    7    The sausage that they used in the stuffing saved it.

Diane:

We spotted this item on the menu and were totally intrigued so ordered one. It looks very cool when Gene cut it for the purpose of taking a photo. I took a few bites but it just didn’t work. The idea was creative but dipping the tortilla in egg and browning it added no taste and depth to the dish. So-So 5

 

Elizabeths Restaurant New Orleans
French Toast Burrito

Elizabeths Restaurant New Orleans
French Toast Burrito

Elizabeths Restaurant New Orleans
French Toast Burrito

 

 

DUCK WAFFLE

Corn Bread Waffle, Sweet Potato Duck Hash & Pepper Jelly

 

Shredded Duck with chunky smashed Sweet Potatoes. Sweet with a touch of heat.It was delicious. The Cornbread Waffle was Corny and tasty. This dish was pretty darn GOOD. an overall    8    

 

 

Diane:

Tasty brunch entree that should not scare you…. The waffle is sweet and full of fresh corn flavor. The duck was tender and tasty. My only disappointment was how mushy the sweet potato was in the hash. If that were corrected, this dish could be great  

I tried Chicory coffee and honestly, was not at all charmed 1

Elizabeths Restaurant New Orleans
Duck Waffle

Elizabeths Restaurant New Orleans
Duck Waffle

 

That’s it for Elizabeths a wild number 4

 

Final Stop

Jimmy J’s

 

Jimmy J’s New Orleans
Exterior

 

I apologize in advance for the terrible lighting on the pics. there is no window lights and pitiful overhead bulbs.

 

We went in at opening and got Coffee of course    7    The crowd started gathering…  The menu was pretty substantial so it took a few minutes to decide. In the mean time our super friendly server Kevin kept us entertained. New Orleans Jazz music played in the background. It was pretty evident that this place was mostly filling with tourists staying in the nearby large hotels.

Diane:

This was the only place we visited in the Business District and it was very busy within 15 minutes of opening at 7am. Most of the patrons were from tour groups as they seemed to know each other. Kevin was our fun and patient waiter. The menu has so many choices, you need to concentrate on it while you sip delicious coffee. Tight quarters but comfortable chairs 8

 

Jimmy J’s New Orleans
Interior

Jimmy J’s New Orleans
Interior

Jimmy J’s New Orleans
Interior

Diane started our journey with a Bacon Bloody Mary. In spite of the fact that I love Good ripe Tomatoes, Tomato Sauce, Ketchup and Catsup, I’m not a fan of Tomato Juice. In spite of that I did actually sort of enjoy this concoction. It was seasoned and spiced beautifully. I give it a shocking    8    

I like that they have a Bloody of the Day. The BBM was smoky and spicy and Gene kept sliding it over to his side of the table so you KNOW it was good 9

 

Jimmy J’s New Orleans
Bacon Bloody Mary

 

Decisions were made and food was ordered

 

Eggs Lafitte

andouille crusted grit cakes with 2 poached eggs, crawfish hollandaise sauce, served with ratatouille

Hollandaise is smooth and buttery. Good but needs a bit more acid    7    The Grit cakes are crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. A very tasty    8    The Eggs are near perfect    9    The Ratatouille was a good compliment and a Breakfast Gator breakfast first.    8    A good combo

Diane:

The grit cake was crispy, tender and very tasty and the ratatouille was simply perfect 9

Jimmy J’s New Orleans
Eggs Lafitte

Jimmy J’s New Orleans
Eggs Lafitte

Jimmy J’s New Orleans
Eggs Lafitte

Jimmy J’s New Orleans
Eggs Lafitte

 

 

Shrimp and Garlic Aioli French Toast

 

I never would have thought that this would have been good… but it is. The contrast of the savory Garlic and local fresh Gulf Shrimp against the backdrop of the sweet soft french toast actually works. An amazing     8  

Diane:

I believe this was one of my favorite brunch entrees while in NO, The savory custard toast with buttery garlic cream and fresh shrimp A definite reorder item 9

 

 

Pineapple Rum Raisin French Toast served with Neuske’s bacon or sausage

For some reason we didn’t get Neuske’s anything. Shame too. We did get a couple of sausage patties that were tasty. Porky and had a bit of heat. A tad overcooked    8    The French Toast was pretty close to right. The sauce was sweet but tangy This was a good combination    8    

Diane:

I was excited to hear that Jimmy’s makes their own sausage. The daily flavor was Blueberry but we opted for plain pork patty. It was very tast although a bit too crisped. The rum raisin pineapple FT was delicious and tender 8

 

Jimmy J’s New Orleans
Pineapple French Toast

Jimmy J’s New Orleans
Pineapple French Toast

 

That was the last of the breakfasts.

 

Well that’s it Gators. Our journey has come to a conclusion

I have to say that we didn’t have any food on this trip that wasn’t good. From the Nola Benedict at Curio to the Steak Tartare at Coquette. All of my pre trip research paid off. Go Me

 

 

 

As for us we are off to our next adventure.

 

 

 

 

 

Savoury Cafe Bartlett Illinois

SAVOURY WEBSITE

Good Morning Gators!

It’s 6:00am. The opening time for Savoury Cafe. Alas they are not open yet. Soon the lights come on inside and the door is unlocked at 6:03. Ourselves and another patron go inside. I admit that I have a phobia about being late but I think that if you are going to fudge your opening time it should be on the early side.

Savoury Cafe Bartlett

Savoury Cafe Bartlett
Al Fresco

Savoury Cafe Bartlett Holding Pen

 

Savoury Cafe Bartlett

Savoury Cafe Bartlett

Savoury Cafe Bartlett

Savoury Cafe Bartlett

Savoury Cafe Bartlett

Savoury Cafe Bartlett

Savoury Cafe Bartlett

Coffee is served promptly by our friendly and courteous server Michelle. The Coffee is from Umbria Coffee Roasters. It was Dark Roasted and strong.   8   The only choice of artificial sweetener was the awful pink stuff.   3   

We looked over the medium large selection of stuff on the menu. It was mostly standard breakfast fare with a couple of more original options. They had a few standard Alcoholic beverages as well. The menu encouraged you to create your own Omelette, Skillet, or Crepes. You know I hate that. Giving the general public this much power over the menu just bewilders them and slows down the ordering process. A bad idea for busy weekend crowds. We discussed our choices.

The place was gold and woody. It was carpet free and also free of your standard egg or chicken pictures. There was no music but there was TV. WGN morning chatter.   6   The vibe was like a million other suburban places that I’ve been to. zzzzzzzz

Michelle kept the Coffee flowing and we finalized our plan of attack.

Diane:

Surprisingly, I was more put off by the late opening than Gene, only due to my belief that if an establishment is sloppy about not opening its doors at published open and closing times, the quality of product and service will follow suit. However, this is not the case at Savoury.

Michelle came to our table cheerful and smiling a gigantic smile.

We started off with one of their custom juices.

SAVOURY SPECIAL

Sweet potato, red apples & carrots topped w/ cinnamon

Gene:
I found this to be just OK. I think that if it had some spice to it it would have been better. Maybe some Cardamon or something   6   The custom jar was a cute touch though.
Diane:
Cute custom Mason jar nets a hefty portion of beverage however….
The smoothie tasted weak and warm , which on a plus side, made the apple and carrot flavor more pronounced, but smoothies should be freshly crisp and well chilled…. So-So stuff.  5

Savoury Cafe Bartlett
Custom Juice complete with hand model Diane

 

Savoury Cafe Bartlett
A poof of Cinnamon

 

PARMA

Gene:

Served on garlic ciabatta. Poached eggs w/ lightly fried prosciutto, sun dried tomatoes, basil & chopped scallions topped w/ hollandaise.

A lot of Italians feel like cooking Prosciutto is a sin. I’m OK with it.

The Hash Browns were your garden variety frozen Hash Browns (which is fine)    6    The Hollandaise was delicious. It was bright, citrusy, and eggy. It was pretty sparse however.    8    The Ciabatta was very barely toasted and needed more garlic butter.   5   The Eggs were just a tad over. That’s better than under.    7    The Prosciutto could have been a bit warmer and crisper and more plentiful.   6   It was pretty tasty in spite of a few easily fixable things.   8   I would order this again.

Diane:

I must admit that I nibbled around the edge of this dish, so the hollandaise and sun dried tomatoes were all I can comment on. It was very attractively assembled, the crusty bread a good alternative to a ho-hum English muffin. The sauce was okay, nothing special.  

The finely grated hash browns were tender and very fresh, and nicely browned. 8

 

Savoury Cafe Bartlett
Parma Benedict
Complete with Oversize Crocodile Dundee steak knife

 

Savoury Cafe Bartlett
Parma Benedict

Savoury Cafe Bartlett
Parma Benedict

Savoury Cafe Bartlett
Parma Benedict

 

 

Loaded Potato bacon, cheddar, green onions & fried egg

Gene:

Diane spotted this on the menu and asked me if I saw it. I said WOW a breakfast baked potato! We have to try it.We ordered it up. When it arrived it magically turned into Potato Pancakes. After we got over the shock we rechecked the menu. The Item was listed in the Pancake section. It was our quest for unusual original breakfast items that conjured up a breakfast baked potato. Boy were we disappointed. As it turned out they were delicious. Crisp Tender Bacony yumminess.    8

Diane:   

I still chuckle now, over a week after visiting this spot…. how we envisioned a baked tuber on a platter dressed up with topping, sort of a breakfast Loaded Tater! Coupled with the fact that this item took a while to come out of the kitchen, Gene commented that maybe the cook had to harvest the potato from the local Community Garden 😏

I think we both laughed heartily when our server set the dish in front of us. Freshly made Potato Pancakes were the palette for the toppings,

and this item did not disappoint. The bacon chunks were smoky and chewy, the cheddar sharp and tasty. The pancakes were tender, tasty and crisped properly, definitely a repeater.  8

Savoury Cafe Bartlett
Loaded Baked Potato (Pancakes)

Savoury Cafe Bartlett
Loaded Baked Potato (Pancakes)

Savoury Cafe Bartlett
Loaded Baked Potato (Pancakes)

Savoury Cafe Bartlett
Loaded Baked Potato (Pancakes)

Tiramisu Pancakes
Gene:
For a place that calls themselves a Pancake Restaurant they don’t have a lot of flappy options. Their website shows a picture of some delicious looking pancakes with layers of smooth creamy filling. The ones we got were not filled. They had a dollop of espresso flavored cream on top but nothing in between. The creme was smooth and flavorful. The pancakes themselves had a light subtle Mocha flavor. They came off as a bit dry. The filling would have elevated this dish considerably. All in all enjoyable.    7
Diane:
Hey Readers….you know how there is an ad for a meal that makes you instantly DESIRE  that exact  food? It can be a burger, hot wings, pancakes….
You venture out and order your crave. It arrives at your table and that bright Red Happy Shiny balloon inside of you goes “POP”!!??
This dish looked fab and tasted yummy but did not live up to the picture. Although the cakes were really from scratch and fluffy mocha flavored forkfuls, there was no tiramisu filling in between them. Three or four  tablespoons slathered in between would have improved this item very much. They were tasty but dry.  6

Savoury Cafe Bartlett
Tiramisu Pancakes

Savoury Cafe Bartlett
Tiramisu Pancakes

Savoury Cafe Bartlett
Tiramisu Pancakes

   

Well thats it Gators.
Savoury is a decent local family restaurant that is a good addition to Bartlett. Add it to your local list of places to try.
As for us we’re off to Gator New Orleans in a few days.
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Briki Cafe Addison Illinois

  1. Briki Cafe WEBSITE

Good Morning Gators!

It’s LATE! 8AM! We are here a few minutes before 8 but Diane spotted that they had already opened. She went in while I took the required exterior photos and here they are…

Briki Cafe
Addison IL

Briki Cafe
Addison
Next to the Halloween store and the Skull and Thrones Hair Society
(whatever that is)

 

As it turned out they weren’t quite ready for visitors. The chairs were on the tables and the floor was being mopped. Our very friendly server Alyssa took the chairs down at the table we chose. Diane parked got menued up and ordered Coffee. I took the required interior shots and here they are…

Briki Cafe
Addison Illinois Interior
What is Diane Looking At?

Briki Cafe
Addison Illinois Interior

Briki Cafe
Addison Illinois Interior

Briki Cafe
Addison Illinois Interior

Briki Cafe
Addison Illinois Interior
Cool Photos

Briki Cafe
Addison Illinois Interior
Cool Photos

Briki Cafe
Addison Illinois Interior

Briki Cafe
Addison Illinois Interior

Briki Cafe
Addison Illinois Interior

As you can see the interior is Black Brown and white. It’s sleek modern and carpet free. They DO have “The Bench” (See rant page) but the tables are spread far enough apart that sitting next to your neighbor is not an issue here.   9   The music is contemporary coffeehouse classics. EH  7  

The coffee is a tough call. It was unlike anything Ive had. I couldn’t decide if it was quality beans with improper prep or low quality beans. It was strong but skunky   7

Diane:

The first thing I thought when we walked in was that the space was clean and open  and crisply decorated, clean floors and windows with lots of room for the staff to get around, which is nice for a change after visiting communal table places. The bathroom was shiny bleach clean too. Great start. 8

They are very relaxed yet bustle about at the same time. Once I found a well lit table, Alyssa walked up with a huge smile and menus in hand. I noticed how the staff worked together to get set up for Sunday breakfast clients, joking and chatting each other. However they all moved about on a mission. To me this is a sign of a well run establishment. Get the job done efficiently yet have fun doing it 9

There is an extensive Brunch menu as well as a listing on separate sheet of daily specials. Hot coffee was poured and found to be strong brew. They also have a specialty coffee menu with many choices of flavored lattes as well as Greek coffee. Prices noted to be reasonable. 8

Briki Cafe Addison Illinois
Greek Iodized Salt

  

LOUKOUMADES

Lokma (Turkish), loukoumades (Greek: λουκουμάδες, singular λουκουμάς, loukoumas), zalabyieh (Arabic: زلابية), or bāmiyeh are pastries made of deep fried dough soaked in syrup, chocolate sauce or honey, with cinnamon and sometimes sprinkled with sesame or grated walnutsThe common ancestor of Lokma varieties originates in Ottoman Empire.

 

Flavor of the month is Elvis. Peanut butter and Bacon. Hot Damn Tamale Baby!

These were crispy chewy soft tasty morsels with a super smooth peanut buttery sauce then sprinkled with smokey bacon bits. I expected much sweetness from this dish but as it turned out it was hardly sweet at all. It was actually borderline savory. It was a tasty way to start our day.   8   

Diane:

The Loukamades are on the menu, yet the dish we ordered was a special of the day… they were made fresh so plan on a 15-20 wait. The plate looked fabulous and to see the peanut butter sauce melting down the hot little morsels of fried dough made me swoon. The bacon was good quality, smoky and meaty. However there was a sweet factor missing, as the light dusting of confectioners sugar did little to counter the salty bacon/ Peanut butter sauce. I would like to see either a drizzle of good quality honey or some dark chocolate curls atop this beauty of a dish 8

Briki Cafe Addison Illinois Elvis Loukoumades

Briki Cafe Addison Illinois Elvis Loukoumades

Briki Cafe Addison Illinois Elvis Loukoumades

Briki Cafe Addison Illinois Elvis Loukoumades

 

Gene:

Along with the donuts I ordered Greek Coffee (Turkish Coffee)

 

Turkish coffee refers to a method of brewing very finely ground coffee. Any coffee bean may be used; arabica varieties are considered best, but robusta or a blend is also used. The beans must be ground to a very fine powder, which is left in the coffee when served.

Turkish coffee is made by bringing very finely ground coffee beans with water and usually sugar to the boil in a special pot called cezve. As soon as the mixture begins to froth, and before it boils over, about one-third of the coffee is distributed to individual cups; the remaining amount is returned to the fire and distributed to the cups as soon as it starts to boil. The coffee is traditionally served in a special type of small porcelain cup called a kahve finjanı.

Sugar is added to Turkish coffee while brewing, so the amount of sugar must be specified when preparing the coffee. It may be served unsweetened (Turkish: sade kahve), with little or moderate sugar (Turkish: orta şekerli), or sweet (Turkish: tatlı). Plain coffee is usually served with Turkish delight, or sometimes a piece of rock candy. It may also be spiced with cardamom.

 

It’s like Gritty Coffee Gravy. It’s almost chewy. Super Extra Strength. Not for the timid or people with heart conditions. I really enjoyed it   8    The sludge in the bottom of the cup is so strong that it could probably be mixed in a quart of hot water to make a pot of Americanos. I liked the little anise flavored cookie that was served with it.

Diane:

I don’t even deserve to rate this since I merely dipped a clean spoon into Gene’s cup to sip. This is one crazy strong beverage, as my eyes popped and I felt a zingy tingly JOLT. Only the brave can handle a cup of this brew. Tasty yet strong as hell. Gene had fun with it!

Briki Cafe Addison Illinois
Greek Coffee

Briki Cafe Addison Illinois
Coffee Sludge

 

 

Breakfast Pita

(3) Mini pitas filled with egg, gyro, onion, tomato, topped with tzatziki. Served with diced red potato.

Gene:

The mini Pita breads were fresh soft and had a good pita texture and chew. The scrambled eggs were NOT hammered. I was pleasantly surprised. The Gyro bits were seasoned perfectly. Raw red onion is a palette buster. One bite of it and all you can taste after it is onion. I kicked it all off before I took a bite. I think a bit of pickled onion would be a great substitute. The Tzatziki was killer. You could eat it alone with a spoon. Probably the best I’ve had in years.  This combination was fantastic. It was simple but well executed. A difficult thing to pull off. I would order it again in a minute.   9   The potatoes were decent. They had a touch of heat and were seasoned ok. I would have been fine without them.

Diane:

Once in awhile as we venture out to Gator a new place, we see a menu that has a few items that just stand out due to the creative combination of ingredients, or local purveyors that supply seasonal items we may not get to try again soon. We love to order these types of dishes. This was one because of the gyro with freshly made Tzatziki in a TACO….!! I love red onion sliced paper thin but agree that less is more. The symphony of flavors leave nothing more to be desired here. This was the most delicious little taco. The potatoes were very tasty and a tad spicy and a slight hint of lemon made them perfect plate for the Greek style taco 10

Briki Cafe Addison Illinois
Breakfast Pitas

Briki Cafe Addison Illinois
Breakfast Pitas

Briki Cafe Addison Illinois
Breakfast Pitas

Briki Cafe Addison Illinois
Breakfast Pitas

Briki Cafe Addison Illinois
Delightful Pita Bread

 

 

Saganaki Benedict

Flamed Cheese Bacon Green Onion Potatoes Hollandaise English Muffin Fruit Cup

Gene:

This is on the “Specials” menu. The Hollandaise was OK. Had a decent citrus note and was smooth and had good mouth feel. There could have been more of it.   7   The poached eggs were overcooked. I suspect sitting on top of the Saganaki cooked them. There is not much that they could do about that except serve them on the side.  7     The Muffin was well toasted. This is actually pretty rare It looked like that it was grilled.   9   The cheese was classically prepared. Lightly floured and fried. This dish was another winner.   8  It was brutally salty as Saganaki is and the Bacon was really unnecessary but I enjoyed it just the same. The fruit cup was a good match. It gives you a break from the salt. Overall an original and inventive special.

Diane:

Ahhhh Saganaki. I was introduced to it when I was an older teen working at the Prime Minister as a waitress on weekends. Coworkers disliked the pomp and circumstance with which we were trained to present this dish to customers. I loved the hot metal chafing dish, pouring brandy on top, lighting the cheese and squeezing lemon juice on it. We ordered this dish with high hopes that it would be delicious. I skipped the poached egg and English muffin but tested the Hollandaise. it was lemony and silky. This rating is for the cheese and presentation. 8

Briki Cafe Addison Illinois
Saganaki Benedict

Briki Cafe Addison Illinois
Saganaki Benedict

Briki Cafe Addison Illinois
Saganaki Benedict

Briki Cafe Addison Illinois
Saganaki Benedict
Classic Cheese Prep

Briki Cafe Addison Illinois
Saganaki Benedict

Briki Cafe
Toasted Muffin

Briki Cafe
Overcooked Poached Egg

Briki Cafe Addison Illinois
Saganaki Benedict
Plate Goo UGH
See Rant Page

 

Baklava Pancakes

Filled with diced baklava pieces and milk chocolate. Topped with baklava, more chocolate and honey.

Gene:

Sounds delicious doesn’t it? Well it IS!

The pancakes are light super fluffy and have an amazing honey flavor. It’s hard for me to believe that it’s just from liquid Honey. You can get powdered Honey now (I have some) and I bet that it’s involved in this dish somewhere. It has Baklava bits sprinkled on top and some elevated chocolate syrup. This is a Diabetic Coma on a plate. It’s Freakn” AMAZING   9   A definite re order. I’ve been dieting all week. I decimated my effort with this.

Diane:

Baklava is delicious yet I believe a little goes a long way, and Briki gets this one right. The cakes are not standard box mix pancakes, they are tender and light and airy. There was just a bit of baklava in the batter…..perfect so as not to conflict with the pancake taste. The baklava chunks on top and mini dark chocolate chips were a fitting finish. I cannot wait to go back and order these. 9

Briki Cafe
Baklava Pancakes

Briki Cafe
Baklava Pancakes

Briki Cafe
Baklava Pancakes

 

 

Well That’s it Gators

Briki’s is a Super Greek establishment that doesn’t try to cover up their heritage. They have a good vibe and some delicious original inventive dishes. A friendly staff and Brandon has a Handle on the operation. Briki has earned a spot on the Gator Favorites List.

Get over there.

Thanks Christine for the Suggestion .

 

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Stray Hen Cafe Elmhurst Illinois

Stray Hen Cafe WEBSITE

Good Morning Gators!

Some of you may recognize the exterior of this place. In a former life it was OMG! Brunch and Boutique which I had reviewed twice before. I don’t know what the back story is but it certainly isn’t unusual for a place to go belly up and the spot get re vamped.I actually had no idea that it went through a transformation until the GPS put me in front of it. OMG I said to myself.

We were about 15 minutes early so we sat in the BREKFST mobile and watched a couple of the employees show up for work and another one sit outside and relax.

It was time to go and per SOP Diane went inside and I took photos.

Stray Hen Cafe Elmhurst
Exterior

 

Previous Incarnation

OMG Elmhurst Illinois
Exterior

 

 

Stray Hen Cafe Elmhurst
Exterior

Stray Hen Cafe Elmhurst
Exterior

Stray Hen Cafe Elmhurst
Interior

Stray Hen Cafe Elmhurst
Interior

Stray Hen Cafe Elmhurst
Interior

Stray Hen Cafe Elmhurst
Waiting area

The interior is clean modern and carpet free with a subtle chicken flavor. New age music is playing quietly in the background. It’s reasonably spacious and the tables are not crammed together. On the down side they do have benches with 4 top tables that put you pretty close to your neighbors. You know I really dislike that arrangement.

Our very friendly server Crystal brought Coffee from Dark Matter Coffee Chicago. It was strong and had plenty of body.Good stuff   8

The menu is a bit extensive for my taste but not ridiculous. They have a section devoted to creating your own Skillet Omelette or Scramble with a plethora of ingredient choices. I think this just confounds people and slows down the ordering process. For us the choices were clear. We ordered up.

Stray Hen Cafe Elmhurst
Table stuff

Stray Hen Cafe Elmhurst
Tiny Fake Grass Thing

 

Avocado Toast

Rustic Panini toast, smashed avocado, grilled corn, black beans, jalapeño, sriracha aioli & poached eggs, choice of potato or fruit

 

Avocado Toast is a bit out of fashion nowadays but it remains on a few menus especially in the burbs. I admit that even though I make it at home I still order it if it looks interesting. This version was really more of a Benedict than it was Avocado toast so I think it was worth a try. This was a pretty good rendition. It could have used more Avocado but it was a good Combo. The aioli was spicy and delicious just past medium heat.    8   It wasn’t overpowering and it wasn’t overly Srirachad. I like Sriracha but I’m kind of over it. The poached eggs were definitely under. You know I have no problem with runny yolks but I don’t care for snotty egg whites. Fail.   4   The toast was toasted. You may think that’s a strange statement but more often than not I find that toast is one of those simple things that a lot of places screw up.   8   The corn bean pepper tomato stuff on the toast was seasoned well and at the same spice level as the aioli.  8   Overall a good combo. It’s a keeper that should be moved to the Benedict section of the menu so they can stop calling it Avocado Toast.   8   We chose fruit rather than spuds. A good choice it was. It made for a good break from the spicy toast combo. It was a good variety and most everything was reasonably ripe.   8

Diane:

Right off the bat I must say, the crew at Stray Hen must love working there. From the hostess to the waitstaff to the manager George, smiles and conversation with patrons comes easy to them. The coffee was strong and hot and real cream came to the table in tiny pitchers. so far so good. ( I loathe half and half in plastic cuppies). 8

As Gator mentioned, the menu was full of many choices, and it was rather easy to scope out the dishes with a twist. I have seen many variations on Avocado toast, most too loaded with mishmash of ingredients that just don’t gel. This had a nicely seasoned avocado mash and fresh sweet corn as well as a spicy sauce drizzle. I liked the sourdough toast as a base. The combination worked very well. Fruit cups are rarely remarkable but the fruit was ripe and not at all mushy 7

 

 

 

 

Stray Hen Cafe Elmhurst
Avocado Toast

Stray Hen Cafe Elmhurst
Avocado Toast

Stray Hen Cafe Elmhurst
Avocado Toast

Stray Hen Cafe Elmhurst
Avocado Toast

Stray Hen Cafe Elmhurst
Fruit Cup that AMY wouldn’t like

 

Perfectly Un Kosher Skillet

Bone-in ham, bacon, sausage, green peppers, caramelized onions, cheddar cheese

 

Reese’s® Peanut Butter Cup Pancakes ($2 Upgrade)

 

The Skillet was presented in a stainless steel bowl with handles which I have seen in a bunch of places. I hate em. First the food cools off too fast in this device, and second it reminds me of a Dog Dish. I get it. It’s some sort of decorative  element but to me it will always be a Dog Dish.

I bashed the poached eggs on the last dish but they made up for it here. The over easy eggs were near perfect   9   The “filling” was very good.   8   I actually could do without the cheese but it’s fine either way. The potatoes tasted freshly prepared on the flattop rather than dropped in the fryer like most places. This is a good meaty potatoey skillet. It is reorder able   8   

Diane:

I enjoy the silver skillet because it’s cute, and the deep sides make it easier to get the goods on your fork. So even though we disagree on the plating used….. I must say this dish we agreed upon. the potatoes were seasoned well and the ham was smoky and delicious 8

Stray Hen Cafe Elmhurst
Un Kosher Skillet

Look at me and my DOG Dish WOOF!

 

 

Stray Hen Cafe Elmhurst
Un Kosher Skillet

Stray Hen Cafe Elmhurst
Un Kosher Skillet

 

The Pancakes were Fluffy Airy but not dry. Good house made cakes. The topping was peanut buttery but not too sweet. Served with butter and Fake Maple Syrup. (see rant page) A winner   8   I DO have to mention that the original WHISK location in Chicago has the best version of these.

Diane:

The cakes were very yummy but peanut butter sauce was a bit too liberally applied. There was no need for syrup one you spread a bit of real butter on the cakes. They serve softened butter in tiny cups. Nice touch  9

 

Stray Hen Cafe Elmhurst
Reese’s® Peanut Butter Cup Pancakes

Stray Hen Cafe Elmhurst
Reese’s® Peanut Butter Cup Pancakes

Stray Hen Cafe Elmhurst
Reese’s® Peanut Butter Cup Pancakes

 

 

Apple Churros French Toast

Cinnamon and sugar dusted, vanilla bean cream, warm brown sugar and butter caramelized apples

 

Well most of you know that restaurant french toast and I often don’t get along very well. It’s usually too dry and rushed. Unfortunately this was no exception so they get the DREADED ALTON BROWN FRENCH TOAST LINK  (See my rant page for more) The toast tasted good. It was well grilled crisp caramelized and sweet without offending. The topping was good but I dislike the fact that the Apples were unpeeled. Bread was decent but really dry. The overall flavor raised the number up but I wasn’t real happy with my choice.   6  

Diane:

To be honest, I did not even taste the French toast in the restaurant. We brought it home and I nuked it the next day. The ingredients used were fresh and high quality, yet the rich egg bread was extremely dry. I would try the waffles instead which looked great and smelled heavenly as the were delivered to a nearby table 5

Again worth another mention….service is way above average, you feel very Welcomed here at Stray Hen  9

Stray Hen Cafe Elmhurst
Apple Churro French Toast

Stray Hen Cafe Elmhurst
Apple Churro French Toast

Stray Hen Cafe Elmhurst
Apple Churro French Toast

Stray Hen Cafe Elmhurst
Apple Churro French Toast

Stray Hen Cafe Elmhurst
Apple Churro French Toast

Stray Hen Cafe Elmhurst
Apple Churro French Toast
DRY Bread

 

 

That’s it Kids

This is a good suburban spot that is definitely worth a visit. Our server was great and the food was above average. Give it a try.

 

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Alexanders Cafe St Charles Illinois

Alexanders WEBSITE

Good Morning Gators!

It’s been a couple of years or so since I reviewed Alexanders of Elgin Illinois. (The original location) I thought that it was about time that the fairly new St. Charles location had a visit from us.

Alexanders Cafe
St Charles Illinois
Exterior

Alexanders Cafe
St Charles Illinois
Exterior

Alexanders Cafe
St Charles Illinois
Exterior

It’s a drizzly Sunday morning and we arrived a bit after opening due to an error on my part. I thought they opened at 7:30 but they open at 7. UGH you know how I hate to be late. I told Diane to go ahead and go inside. I did my picture deal then went in.

Alexanders Cafe
St Charles Illinois
Interior

Alexanders Cafe
St Charles Illinois
Interior

Alexanders Cafe
St Charles Illinois
Interior

Alexanders Cafe
St Charles Illinois
Movie Themed Holding Tank

Alexanders Cafe
St Charles Illinois
Movie Themed Holding Tank

We had some discussion about her table choice and my lack of love for it. I caved and sat down. I was getting settled in and our very friendly server Lindsey asked if I wanted something besides the water that I don’t drink. Coffee Please. Intelligencia. It was fairly strong and was up to the breakfast task.   7

Diane:

Since it was a cloudy morning, it was difficult to find a table with optimal light so I settled in a four top. Within moments Lindsey popped over and offered coffee. I opted for berry iced tea since it’s hard to top the early morning brew Gene coaxed me out of my cozy horizontal zone with at 5:45am. The place is very spacious and painted in harvesty colors. Great music mix was playing ranging from America’s Horse With No Name to Bastille’s Pompeii. However, very soon the din of the gathering patrons drowns out the tunes. There was a Special Features menu which is nice for a brunch place. Also you can order lunch anytime. 8

Alexanders Cafe
St Charles Illinois

Alexanders Cafe
St Charles Illinois
Blackberry Iced Tea

  

The place is like your Aunts 70’s basement. Bricky and Woody and Brown. The music is a mixed bag of 70’s 80’s and 90’s wus rock. It’s clean big and carpet free. While I was unpacking my Gator stuff and checking in to Facebook, Diane had already made some choices. She’s pretty good at guessing what I’m probably going to order. The menu selection is a bit big for my taste but not ridiculous. They DO have Booze. Bloody Things and Bubbly Things but nothing that is a standout. Lindsey came back and Diane ordered up. As the place filled up it got pretty loud and with that the music became a distant memory.

 

CHIPOTLE BENEDICT

Avocado, roasted poblanos, tomatoes, green onion and chipotle hollandaise. Choice of carnitas pork or chorizo (Carnitas for us)

 

The thing that makes or breaks a Bene is the Hollandaise. I honestly can’t give you an opinion on the one that was served here. It was almost non existent. They must have thought that they were going to run short for the rush and applied it with a paint brush. The Carnitas on the other hand were fairly abundant. Tender Porky and well seasoned    8   The Eggs were cooked pretty much to my liking   8   The Roasted Red potato Chunks were pretty fresh, earthy, hot, and had a good level of seasoning and salt.   8    The Muffin was kind of toasted   6   There was some roasted R&G Bell peppers applied to the dish that spruced it up, and a sliver of Avocado was tucked in under the egg. There was a sub par under ripe tomato slice atop the muffin that they really could have left off. All in all a tasty start. I would re order this. A solid   8   If you get this tell them to make sure they give you more than a tease of Hollandaise.

Diane:

This dish was super tasty thanks to the tender carnitas, but more meat and chipotle hollandaise would have made it even better. Thin slices of perfectly ripe avocado rested on top of the carnitas. Sweet green bell peppers added a nice tang, and the herb roasted red potatoes were delicious. Poached eggs aside(blech) this dish is a winner 9

Alexanders Cafe
St Charles Illinois
Chipotle Benedict

Alexanders Cafe
St Charles Illinois
Chipotle Benedict

Alexanders Cafe
St Charles Illinois
Chipotle Benedict

 

 

BISCUIT LOVE

Fried Boneless Skinless Chicken Thigh, Country Gravy, Biscuits, Cheese, Over Medium Eggs, Hash Browns

If it twernt for the fact that this was a thigh rather than a breast I may not have ordered it. To me Chicken Breasts are chalky and tasteless. Im happy that the majority like them though. It keeps the prices on the thighs down.

The chicken was crisp, tender, and happily not overcooked.    8   The Gravy was spicy salty and smooth   8    Hash Browns? EH.  6   Get the Red Potatoes. The Biscuit tasted ok but was a kind of  tough. It worked out OK for this application   7   the combination was very tasty.       I would order it again except it was a short time special and will be gone soon. Oh well. OH I almost forgot. This was served with 2 Over medium eggs on the side. They were expertly prepared    9   but frankly were not a necessary addition.

Diane:

Well, I like white meat and Gene likes dark meat….good match, right?  I spotted this on the specials and knew Gene would go Gaga. This was an out of the park hit for us both, everything about it. Tender chicken hand breaded and crispy, and a flaky baking powder biscuit under smooth white gravy. it’s a shame they don’t add this dish to the regular menu 10

Alexanders Cafe
St Charles Illinois
Biscuit Love

Alexanders Cafe
St Charles Illinois
Biscuit Love

Alexanders Cafe
St Charles Illinois
Biscuit Love

Alexanders Cafe
St Charles Illinois
Biscuit Love

Alexanders Cafe
St Charles Illinois
Biscuit Love

 

CRÈME BRÛLÉE FRENCH TOAST

Caramelized with brown sugar, topped with vanilla crème anglaise, whipped cream and blackberries.

Well most of you know that I’m probably going to have issue with the way that the French Toast was prepped. Well I DO. They get the dreaded link.    Alton Brown Makes French Toast  In spite of the lack of French Toastiness, it was actually pretty tasty. The crisp carmalized sugar was fun. The Blackberries were ripe sweet and juicy. The anglaise was like vanilla pudding. The syrup was of course fake. This was an extra sweet treat.   8   

Diane:

I was surprised by the large portion of this dish…..3 large slices of toast. I attacked the outer edge of the plate and worked my way to the smooth middle with zeal. The carmelized brown sugar and plump, ripe berries made this a very yummy treat. .

The Host of Alexader’s……Scott, checked in on us often and we enjoyed the friendly conversation. He clearly was engaged with all patrons on this early Sunday morning 10 By the way, keep in mind that by 9:00am there are waiting lines out the door,

Alexanders Cafe
St Charles Illinois
Creme Brûlée French Toast

Alexanders Cafe
St Charles Illinois
Creme Brûlée French Toast

Alexanders Cafe
St Charles Illinois
Creme Brûlée French Toast

 

 

Well Gators that’s it. A good visit to beautiful St Charles and a tasty breakfast. I would suggest you add Alexanders to your regular rotation.

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