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.

 

 

 

 

 

The Mason Jar Cafe Benton Harbor Michigan

The Mason Jar Cafe WEBSITE

Good Morning Gators!

We have a special long distance treat. Junior Gator Diane and myself are bringing you a review all the way from Benton Harbor. I was visiting Diane in her beautiful Air B&B rental property in Union Pier Michigan. Since I was going to be up there I thought that we should take advantage of it and do some Gatoring. After some discussion on  some possible locations a decision was made.

Geno:

The Mason Jar didn’t open until 8 on Sunday. Yet another place that doesn’t open till the middle of the day. We were there a minute or two after and the place already had customers. Diane went in to secure a spot and I took the required exterior and interior photos.

Diane

On holiday weekends, I usually shy away from going out for breakfast or dinner, since all of the out-of-towners are in town  for the long weekend. Waits are long and frustrating, especially when you need that first strong cup o’ Joe to pry the eyelids apart.  We found only a few tables occupied at 8:05am when we arrived. Gator likes to find a table near a window with lots of  natural light so I sat down and as soon as i saw him ambling toward me after walking in the door, I saw the teasing furrowed brow and head shake. In other words….Sorry girly you picked the wrong table. So we moved to the Sunny corner, and I ended up eating breakfast with my aviators on.  Within ten minutes, the place was filled with folks of all ages.

Mason Jar Cafe Benton Harbo MI
Exterior Complete With My Shadow

Mason Jar Cafe Benton Harbor MI
Interior

Mason Jar Cafe Benton Harbo MI
Interior

Mason Jar Cafe Benton Harbor MI

Mason Jar Cafe Benton Harbor MI
Interior

Geno:

With the job complete I went to take a seat. I found Diane at a table. Just like last week I didn’t approve of her choice and made her move. I’m going to make her gun shy on table choosing. She is going to stab me with a table knife. We took our seats and met our very friendly server Stephanie.

Coffee and water of course. The Coffee was strong but didn’t have a ton of personality.   7   The mug was cute and they DID have Splenda.

Diane:

Stephanie, our pleasant and perky waitress, arrived with a carafe of hot and strong coffee. It was very rich and a tad acidy, maybe a  Colombian roast. Heavy cream in a tiny pitcher was poured into my cup as i smiled widely in anticipation of that first sip (gulp).      8  

She conversed with us about the local fresh ingredients, and told us that if she could pick any place to eat in the area, she would pick Mason Jar. She knew the menu very well, and was able to answer each question we posed about the menu.   9

Mason Jar Cafe Benton Harbor MI
Coffee Mug

Mason Jar Cafe Benton Harbor MI
Sweetener Butler

The place is small and cute. The right size for a weekday visit but if you don’t get there early you are in for a wait. It was clean and carpet free. There was some kind of music playing but you really couldn’t hear it. There wasn’t a lot of tables but they were of reasonable size and reasonably spaced. The style of the place is a mish mash of stuff. It fits the neighborhood and the clientele. The place was devoid of Hipsters.

Geno:

The menu was of moderate size and a good mix of standards and more interesting choices. We had some discussion on the choices and the order of appearance. I insisted that we get an order of Nueske’s Bacon. The Nueske’s are 3rd generation meat smokers since 1933.    Nueske’s WEBSITE   The Bacon was ordered. We drank Coffee, chatted, and waited. Stephanie appeared with a plate.

The Mason Jar Benton Harbor MI
Nueske’s Bacon

Fantastic! Salty Smokey and a tiny touch of sweetness. This Bacon screams for a BLT with a garden fresh heirloom tomato, Toasted dense country white bread and some good Mayo. Alas it was not to be. Surprisingly there was not one on the menu. There really should be. I find this criminal. C’mon Mason Jar, fix this error and call it “The Gator” This Bacon is a   9    You could wrap this bacon around a Birkenstock and it would taste good.

Diane:

Several days before we decided on a place to Gator in the area of Michigan known as Harbor Country, we checked Yelp for spots to breakfast. Geno noted that the Mason Jar had 4.5 Stars and did a bit of research on the menu. NEUSKE’S BACON!!!! He shouted in text to me. One thing I do know about this dude, he knows good quality food purveyors and I figured that this $4.00 order of bacon was going to be Oh Yeah Baby bacon. Smokey sweet, medium crispy, not crackly, and not super salty. Now if you are a bacon lover, you can relate to wanting to consume an entire pound in one sitting. But this bacon was so rich and tasty, you only need two slices to be sated. 10

Next up

Crab Cake Benedict. This is an on and off special that does not appear on the menu. I know what you’re thinking. “Another Crab Cake Bennie”?! Yes I know but Dammit I love crab and I can’t seem to help myself. Diane doth not protest too much so the order is placed.

Pretty standard stuff. English Muffin, Crabby Cake, Poached Eggs, and Hollandaise. It was served with fresh local Asparagus and house spuds.

The Hollandaise was smooth Eggy and spicy. It could have used a touch more citrus. I like my Hollandaise with a bit of pop.    7    One of the muffins was well toasted (YAY) one was only partially toasted (UGH)    7    Toasting of the muffin is a crucial step. A crunchy English Muffin base provides a much needed textural contrast to a Bennie. This step is almost always a FAIL. The Mason Jar got it 1/2 right. The eggs were a touch under    7    The Asparagus was delightful. Tender Crisp fresh and grassy.     8    The house potatoes were fresh tender seasoned well and had the proper amount of char.    8    The Crab Cake was fried lightly. It was Crabby, seasoned well, and didn’t have too much filler. A good Cake.    8    This was a good rendition of a classic. An overall    8    A great start.

Diane:

In perusing the menu, I knew that Gator would want to order the CCB. The dish was delivered to our table relatively quickly after ordered. The local asparagus was thin, crisp tender and absolutely fresh and delicious, with light coating of olive oil from being sauteed.  The crab cake was full of crabmeat and was seasoned perfectly yet I took a pass on the egg and mushy muffin   7

 

The Mason Jar Benton Harbor MI
Crabcake Benedict

The Mason Jar Benton Harbor MI
Crabcake Benedict

 

Geno:

I like Ketchup or Catsup or America Sauce with my potatoes. Most of you know that I’m an HH or Heinz Hater. Mason Jar was stocked with a local Ketchup that had great Tomato flavor and the proper amount of sweetness.    8    

Diane:

I was a ketchup dope before I met Gene. Since I only use it on the occasional order of french fries, I buy whatever is on sale. However, all it took is taking the cap off the bottle of this locally made sauce to know how fresh it is. The natural sweetness of fresh tomatoes is all that comes through.  It was simply delicious with the red skinned breakfast potatoes.  7

The Mason Jar Benton Harbor MI
Local Ketchup

 

Next up

GOAT CHEESE AND GRIT CAKES *GF
Two pan seared grit cakes with goat cheese topped with two organic eggs any style and a side of breakfast potatoes

Geno:

Sunny side Up Eggs as a test. Test Passed. They were only a tad under and a bit brown but good over all. The three Grit Cake Squares were grilled crisp on one side only. The other side was warm but  they were soft, tender, creamy, corny, and salty  on the inside. They had just the right amount of funk from the goat cheese. They were a great second round.    9     They were supplied with more of the delicious Spuds.

Diane:

Unfortunately,  the eggs are cooked perfectly perfect, I cannot handle runny whites so I only ate the crusty perimeter of each egg. However, I was very intrigued by the grit cake with goat cheese, and after one bite, and many “mmmm’s” and “ahhhh’s”, deem this dish a win simply for the grit cake and taters.  7

The Mason Jar Benton Harbor MI
Goat Cheese and Grit Cakes

The Mason Jar Benton Harbor MI
Goat Cheese and Grit Cakes

The Mason Jar Benton Harbor MI
Goat Cheese and Grit Cakes

The Mason Jar Benton Harbor MI
Goat Cheese and Grit Cakes

The Mason Jar Benton Harbor MI
Goat Cheese and Grit Cakes

 

Next Next Up

CORNED BEEF HASH
House made corned beef hash with poblanos, onion and potatoes topped with two eggs any style and served with choice of Bit of Swiss toast

Bit of Swiss as I was told by Diane is a local Bakery. I love toast and I love it Buttered and Jammed. (See Rant Page) The Toast was pretty well toasted and much to my surprise and delight it was pre buttered. This is super rare.    9    Crispy Flavorful Sourdough. I was so excited about this toast that I took a big chomp before I took pictures so you get the photos with bitten toast.

Corned Beef Hash again Geno? Well Gators it was house made so I almost always order it. I am certainly glad that I did. The Over Medium Eggs were a little over and a bit brown. Eggs should not be brown.    7    OMG this Corned Beef was on point! I can’t even tell you why exactly. The seasoning was perfect as was the salt level. It was Salty and Beefy. The Poblanos added just the right touch of green pepper like astringency. It was a touch crispy and tender. This was some of the BEST Corned beef that I’ve ever had.    9      Drive to Benton Harbor and get some. Did you leave yet?

Diane

Gator ordered the eggs over medium for the sake of variety, and they were overdone so  of course I was delighted. The homemade corned beef was out of the world….rough cut chunks of tender CB with tons of flavor, sweet vidalia onions finely chopped, and tiny bits of crisply sauteed poblano pepper. You simply cannot believe how tasty this hash is, people. It is worth a stop off the highway to eat here, and order this dish. 9

The Mason Jar Benton Harbor MI
Corned Beef Hash

The Mason Jar Benton Harbor MI
Corned Beef Hash

The Mason Jar Benton Harbor MI
Corned Beef Hash

 

A side trip

Lavender Lemonade

Geno:

Lavender is really tricky. Too much and it tastes like Yardley Lavender Soap. This Lemonade was perfectly balanced. Sweet Tart with a touch of flowers.    8    

Diane:

I had to try this. The Mason Jar has quite the variety of handcrafted beverages such as blueberry buckle juice, cinnamon apple juice, and this lemonade. I enjoyed it after the egg and taters and CB hash as a refreshing palate cleanser.  8

The Mason Jar Benton Harbor MI
Lavender Lemonade

 

Local Hot Sauce

Stephanie inquired if we would like to try some local Hot Sauce. DUH. Bring It. All three were good and from Chicago.

The Mason Jar Benton Harbor MI
Hot Sauce

The Mason Jar Benton Harbor MI
Hot Sauce

 

The Final Next

ZUCCHINI BREAD WAFFLE *GF
Gluten-free waffle made with almond flour and topped with whipped butter (Yes we are serious!)

Geno:

When I ordered this I really didn’t expect much. I rarely order waffles. They are usually not crisp and usually don’t have a lot of flavor and I like mine with EXTRA Gluten. OOOOH Charlie. This waffle was spectacular. Crisp Fluffy Puffy Goodness. I don’t know if it was the Almond Flour or the little chunks of Zucchini. It was A great representation of the Waffle World. Gluten Shmooten.    9    The only thing bad about this Waffle was that there wasn’t 2 of them. It was served with REAL Maple Syrup. Good Job MJ.    9     

Diane:

For our sweet entree, we could not decide between this unique waffle offering, or the Sweet Banana Oat pancakes. We opted for the waffle and I am sooooo glad we did. Upon tasting the first little compartment of goodness, I thought of a french cruller…. a bit crisp on the outside, but airy, puffy, and tender on the inside.  The fruit on top was full of flavor and very sweet. It was served with sweet whipped butter and real maple syrup. OMG delicious.   9

The Mason Jar Benton Harbor MI
Zucchini Bread Waffle

The Mason Jar Benton Harbor MI
Zucchini Bread Waffle

The Mason Jar Benton Harbor MI
Zucchini Bread Waffle

 

 

Mason Jar Cafe Benton Harbor MI
Suppliers

Random Musing from Diane:

One of the things I loved most about the Mason Jar was their propensity to use small independent suppliers as much as possible. The sauces, the meats, the breads…..all local and unique and delicious. Our server Stephanie took great pride in sharing this with us.  10

Well that about does it Gators. This was an excellent visit. It was quite a surprise. A Pearl. You know what I didn’t like about the food? Nothing

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The Baked Apple Breakfast Company Downers Grove Illinois

Baked Apple Website LINK

Good Morning Gators!

You are in for an unusual treat. I’m breaking in Junior Gator Diane Anderson this morning. She is going to be adding a new spin to my reviews. I’m not exactly sure on the format yet so bear with me while I iron it out. The plan at first is to get each of our takes on the place ala Siskel and Ebert. So here we go.

Geno:

We arrived at 6:05 (five minutes after opening) Yes, I know I’m never late. There were already 2 cars outside. I hate that. I try to get a photo of the outside of the building without the cars in the way. Oh well. Gator in Training Diane went inside to get a table while I got the pictures.

The restaurant is at the end of a strip. We drove past it once.

 

Baked Apple Breakfast Company Downers Grove
Exterior

Baked Apple Breakfast Company Downers Grove
Exterior with 2 Cars

Unbeknownst to me Diane was already chatting it up with the owner George. She was already seated at a table, but I made her get up and move to a booth by a window. George met me at the door. Diane had already informed him that we were on a mission. I told him to start a baked apple pancake because I know that they take close to 1/2 an hour to produce. I went over to the booth and stuffed myself in. The booths are the ones where the tables are affixed to the walls so that they don’t adjust for rotund people such as myself.

As per usual Coffee and water was requested and delivered. The Coffee is standard Suburban stuff. A bit weak and not a lot of personality   6   somewhere in the midst of all of this our server Gina came into the picture.

The restaurant is woody and brown. It’s adorned with Apple themed pictures and knick knacks. It’s BIG and bright. It’s super clean and carpet free. There is some kind of music way in the background but I couldn’t tell what genre it was.

Baked Apple Breakfast Company Downers Grove
Interior

Baked Apple Breakfast Company Downers Grove
Interior

Baked Apple Breakfast Company Downers Grove
Interior

Baked Apple Breakfast Company Downers Grove
Interior

Baked Apple Breakfast Company Downers Grove
Interior

Baked Apple Breakfast Company Downers Grove
Interior

Baked Apple Breakfast Company Downers Grove
Interior

The menu is a bit big for my taste. Mostly your usual suspects. It’s what I would call an upscale Greek family restaurant. It took awhile to peruse the menu and make a decision. OK ready to go.

Ranchero Benny
Chorizo and poached eggs over corn tortillas, with chipotle Hollandaise sauce
This is an interpretation  that I haven’t had before. The substitution of Corn Tortillas for the usual English Muffin was an interesting twist that I thought might be a fail. As it turned out it fit in with this rendition perfectly.
The Hollandaise was on point. It was Spicy Hot, Smokey, Silky Smooth, and not overly Thick. It would have been good on the bumper of a Chevy Cavalier.   9    The poached eggs were just a tad overcooked which is ok with me. I’d rather not have snotty whites.   8   The Chorizo was Super Spicy and salty and had the proper amount of fattiness.   8   The Factory Made Tortillas were tender and fresh   7   The Hash Browns were decent. Crisp Tender but a touch dry   6    Why don’t more places make home fry’s like  Mr A’s Restaurant in Roselle?  Overall this was  a great rendition of a classic Benedict.  I give it a High   8   or a low    9    in spite of it’s hap hazard platingThis is a definite re order item.
Diane:
So when I learned that  my new pal Geno loved breakfast and was even so bold to BLOG about it, I was pretty jazzed to be invited to join him on an adventure weekday breakfast treat. But as I work a Monday through Friday gig, this was possible because i am recuperating from foot surgery and was able to join him. He explained the basics….get up early to be the first patron, find a seat with lots of natural light, and remind him to check in to Facebook and Instagram.  Hmmmm, I thought…easy breezy!! However when my alarm rang at 5:30am, I questioned if I was really  hungry and ready to rise to this challenge. However, I decided this was going to be a blast, and got dressed, grumbling under my breath  but looking forward to that hot cup of coffee awaiting me. I found a table but it was not acceptable to the Gator, so we moved to a table along the wall with a window.  The only other customers in the restaurant were an elderly couple that was discussing homemade soup and were partaking of said soup at 6:00a.m. (Cream of spinach and Beef noodle on this Wednesday) On their way out they shared that they come to the Baked Apple every day for soup. Soup Groupies, I thought. Gina, our server, approached with a warm smile and it was evident she knew the menu inside out.
When Geno ordered a Ranchero Benedict ( this is a Gator MUST), I thought “uh oh, I may have to break my 25 year streak of no poached eggs”.  I waited patiently to taste the sauce, chorizo and taters, but only after his encouragement, did I try the egg nestled on the corn tortilla, with a spicy blanket of sauce. Oh, MMMM I was  missing out all these years and Geno said the eggs were a tad overdone. But I like my eggs over hard, so it was delicious to me.    7

The Baked Apple Breakfast Company Downers Grove
Ranchero Benny

The Baked Apple Breakfast Company Downers Grove
Ranchero Benny

The Baked Apple Breakfast Company Downers Grove
Ranchero Benny

The Baked Apple Breakfast Company Downers Grove
Ranchero Benny

The Baked Apple Breakfast Company Downers Grove
Ranchero Benny

The Baked Apple Breakfast Company Downers Grove
Ranchero Benny

The Baked Apple Breakfast Company Downers Grove
Ranchero Benny

Geno:
I was about to ask Gina the if I should order the next entree or wait for the Apple Pancake and Viola there it was. I have had these at a dozen places. The premise is pretty simple. sliced apples, sugar, or brown sugar, or both in a deep pan. Heat the pan to get the stuff cooking. Put the batter on top of the aforementioned mixture and bake. Turn the pancake over onto a plate and depending on your preference dust it with powdered sugar. The Baked Apple Breakfast Company’s version of this baby is about a foot across, smells like a hot apple pie and tastes like it too. A ton of Apples a lot of cinnamon nice and sweet but not overly so. A bit crispy outside soft and ooey gooey inside. It could have been cooked a little longer for my taste.  This was a lot of chopped Apples held together with a little batter.    8    
Diane:
 The last Baked Apple pancake I had was when I was a waitress at the Prime Minister Restaurant in Highland, Indiana. I dreaded when a customer ordered one, especially on Sunday morning with the busy after-church crowd. But, being  new and compliant (so far) Junior Gator, I looked forward to enjoying the sweet dish. There must have been at least six tart sweet apples in this pancake. I expected a cloyingly sweet aftertaste after my first bite, but I was pleasantly surprised that the tart apple taste was dominant. I liked the fact that it was not overly cooked and the texture of the custard was silky and smooth.  This dish can easily feed 4-5,         9

The Baked Apple Breakfast Company Downers Grove
Baked Apple Pancake

The Baked Apple Breakfast Company Downers Grove
Baked Apple Pancake

The Baked Apple Breakfast Company Downers Grove
Baked Apple Pancake

 

Strawberry Shortcake
French toast stuffed with sweet cream cheese; topped with fresh strawberries
Geno:
We didn’t order this. This was a house specialty that was a gift from the staff. What they didn’t know is that they were serving French Toast to the worst possible person to serve French Toast to. So How was it? Well the Strawberries were fresh and delicious. The Cream Cheese filling was rich creamy and tasty. It would have been good on a Chuck Taylor. The French Toast? Unfortunately it was your usual sub standard restaurant French Toast. See the rant page for the full explanation. Of course they are going to get “THE LINK” Alton Brown Makes French Toast. Anyway overall it still tastes good.   6   
Diane:
When Gina stated that there was homemade cream cheese in this dish, my eyes grew round as saucers.  Cream cheese, any cream cheese, is good cream cheese. But HOMEMADE, you say?? Well with my fork poised in midair, I waited not so patiently for Gator to take his photos, and when he gave the nod, I dug in happily. The berries were ripe and sweet, the creamy cheesy goodness was delicious but the toast was dry and just…..well, dry.   5

Baked Apple Breakfast Company Downers Grove
Strawberry Shortcake French Toast

Baked Apple Breakfast Company Downers Grove
Strawberry Shortcake French Toast

Baked Apple Breakfast Company Downers Grove
Strawberry Shortcake French Toast

 

El Mariachi Skillet
Bacon, avocado, jalapeno, and melted jack cheese
Geno:
I mean REALLY. Bacon Avocado and Cheese? How can you possibly miss? I ordered the Eggs SS up as a test and they were actually cooked pretty close to perfect. An unheard of 9. The veggies were tender crisp and the spuds were cooked pretty well. This was another good dish.   9   
Diane:
I learned a lot from Gator in regards to how to spot a properly cooked egg. As my style of choice is scrambled beyond recognition, I scowled when he ordered eggs with the yellow so, well….yellow. However, I agree that these SS looked perfect, there was no translucent yuck jelly on them. They tasted quite lovely with the tender crisp veggies, smooth avocado and crispy hash browns.
Note: there is only one hot sauce offering, which is a bit unfortunate since the dishes are very good but a nice choice of hot juice would spice things up nicely.     8      As a side note, this was super yummy the next day, heated up in the foil to-go container with a bit of Tajin seasoning sprinkled on top.

The Baked Apple Breakfast Company Downers Grove
El Mariachi Skillet

The Baked Apple Breakfast Company Downers Grove El Mariachi Skillet

The Baked Apple Breakfast Company Downers Grove
El Mariachi Skillet

 

Healthy Start Panini
Egg white scrambler with avocado, green peppers, and mushrooms on panini pressed multi-grain bread
Geno:
This was another gratis dish from George. (Thanks George) What he didn’t know was that I’m not a fan of sandwiches for breakfast. I’m also not a fan of healthy for breakfast but that won’t stop me from giving it a fair shot.
This dish was supplied with a fruit cup. The Strawberries were red ripe and delicious but the melon was under ripe and under whelming.   5    Generally veggies and egg whites don’t play nice together. they end up watery and separated. Surprisingly this wasn’t the case. Everything stayed glued together pretty well. The veggies were tender crisp and earthy. The bread was decent and well toasted. Except for the fact that it needed a little salt it was actually a pretty good sandwich for being healthy.   A surprising    7  
Diane:
It is evident that the owner George is proud of his establishment and the pride shows when he placed this sandwich down in front of us.
At first I thought, after all this carboliciousness, I suppose this healthy dish is a nice offering from him so we can see there is something for everyone on the menu. I loved the avocado which made the omission of cheese not so bad. In my book, everything needs cheese.    Strongly concur with Gator     7

The Baked Apple Breakfast Company Downers Grove
Healthy Start Panini

The Baked Apple Breakfast Company Downers Grove
Healthy Start Panini

The Baked Apple Breakfast Company Downers Grove
Healthy Start Panini

 

Well that’s it Gators. A good visit with George and his staff. This is a good clean suburban stop that you should add to your list.

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Batter and Berries Chicago Illinois

Good Morning Gators!

B&B opens in the middle of the freakn’ morning! 8 o’clock! You know how much I hate that.

Since it was right at opening parking wasn’t an issue. Pay the meter, snap a pic and go inside.

Batter and Berries Chicago
Exterior

 

It’s your pretty standard smallish Chicago breakfast spot. It works fine  for the weekday business but kinda small for the weekend brunch crowd. The tables and chairs were regulation size so the place is fat friendly.

Batter and Berries Chicago
Interior

Batter and Berries Chicago
Interior

Batter and Berries Chicago
Interior

Batter and Berries Chicago
Interior

Batter and Berries Chicago
Interior

Good strong Coffee   8   and water for starters. My first Coffee cup had beautiful red lipstick lip imprints on it.    0   Much to my preference the menu is short. It had pretty standard selections. The excitement comes from the specials. It happens to be Mardi Gras time so the specials are geared for it so you already know what I’ll be having.

Starting off

Crab Cake Benedict

I’ve had an hundred of these but it was the special and honestly there wasn’t really anything on the menu that looked more interesting. While we waited our server Terrica asked if we were interested in some of their house made hot sauce. I will always try stuff like this because to me it says a lot about the kitchen staff. It was delicious. Hot, spiced right, salty, garlicky. This would have been good on a flipflop. OK back to the Bene since it’s here now. The first thing I noticed was the lack of a textural element. There was nothing under the Crab Cake not even your standard English Muffin. The Eggs were a tad under   8   The Hollandaise was on the money. Eggy Spicy, Citrusy, Eggy, just not enough of it.   8   The Crab Cake was tender and crabby with almost nothing to stretch it out.   8   The Home fries were fresh, hot, and slightly crisp   8   Overall this was a good reorderable   8   This had potential for for a bump in the score if it had some texture.

Batter and Berries Chicago
Crab Cake Benedict

Batter and Berries Chicago
Crab Cake Benedict

Batter and Berries Chicago
Crab Cake Benedict

Batter and Berries Chicago
Crab Cake Benedict

Batter and Berries Chicago
Crab Cake Benedict

Next Up

Crawfish Omelette

Lots of tender heavily seasoned Crawfish. Unfortunately the seasoning masked the delicate flavor of the Crawfish.   7   The Eggs are over but not hammered   7   The Cajun Cheddar cheese was tasty. The peppers were tender crisp. This was served with more of the delicious potatoes which were a little crisper this time.  As a combo this was a delicious entree   8/9   Super spicy, great textures. This was worth the trip and I rarely say that about omelettes.

Batter and Berries Chicago
Crawfish Omelette

Batter and Berries Chicago
Crawfish Omelette

Batter and Berries Chicago
Crawfish Omelette

 

Sweet Stuff

Super French Toast Flight

The ‘Super” part of the super french toast flight includes the flavor of the day which today is Red Velvet

Yep here it is. The dreaded Alton Brown Good Eats link to the video on how to make French Toast. ALTON BROWN MAKES FRENCH TOAST I should never have to post this to any review of a restaurant that makes French Toast. You can teach an 8 year old to make a decent Brioche French toast. Was it tasty?  YES   7   Was it good custardy eggy velvety French Toast like they make over at JAM in Logan Square? NO.  OK rant over.

Batter and Berries Chicago
Big French Toast Flight

Batter and Berries Chicago
Big French Toast Flight

Batter and Berries Chicago
Big French Toast Flight

Batter and Berries Chicago
Big French Toast Flight

Batter and Berries Chicago
Big French Toast Flight

Batter and Berries Chicago
Big French Toast Flight

 

That’s it Gators

A delicious trip to Batter and Berries. A couple of misses but mostly hits.

 

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Big Jones Chicago

Big Jones WEBSITE

Ahhhhh Sunday morning in Andersonville. As many Dogs as People. A lot of hustle and bustle. It’s 9 O’clock. The middle of the damn day in Gator time but that’s when they open. In we go. A table by the window, water and Intelligentsia Coffee   served in an oversize mug spoon included for scale   8

Big Jones Chicago Oversize Mug

Big Jones Chicago
Oversize Mug

   

Big Jones Chicago Exterior

Big Jones Chicago
Exterior

Big Jones Chicago Exterior

Big Jones Chicago
Exterior

 

The interior was clean and rustic and carpet free. The music fit the space. Soul Blues Gospel Cajun

Big Jones Chicago Interior

Big Jones Chicago
Interior

Big Jones Chicago Interior

Big Jones Chicago
Interior

Big Jones Chicago Interior

Big Jones Chicago
Interior

Big Jones Chicago Interior

Big Jones Chicago
Interior

Big Jones Chicago Interior

Big Jones Chicago
Interior

 

The menu was a bit big for my taste but it was pretty imaginative. They make several house made bread items. I ordered one.

Sally Lunn
Believed to date from a 13th-century bakery in England, a staple in Southern cooking for centuries. Baked fresh every morning & served with honey butter and homemade preserves

Yeasty slightly chewy. Dense like a cross between brioche and Pound cake but not sweet. Was quite tasty   7  

Big Jones Chicago Sally Lunn

Big Jones Chicago
Sally Lunn

 

Our server Adolfo brought over some complimentary Beignets. Delicious puffy clouds of warm fried dough. How could you not like them.   8  

Big Jones Chicago Beignets

Big Jones Chicago
Beignets

Big Jones Chicago Beignets

Big Jones Chicago
Beignets

Big Jones Chicago Beignets

Big Jones Chicago
Beignets

 

OK down to the main events

Big Jones Benedict
House cured and smoked ham simmered in Kilgus Farmstead cream, served on a traditional farmstead biscuit with poached eggs & Potatoes O’Brien

Good Potatoes. Oniony and green peppery. Most of you know that I’m not a fan of green peppers but it worked in the potatoes. Crisp exterior soft interior. Needed a touch of salt.    8    One of the eggs was cooked pretty well and one was under.    7    The Bernaise sauce was on point. Mild Tarragon flavor and eggy.  8   The house made ham was good. Soft moist tender. Seasoned pretty well with a touch of clove   8    The Popovers were great. A great substitute for the usual boring packaged English Muffin. Eggy chewy puffy light airy and slightly crisp   9    Overall a good dish    8  

Big Jones Chicago Big Jones Benedict

Big Jones Chicago
Big Jones Benedict

Big Jones Chicago Big Jones Benedict

Big Jones Chicago
Big Jones Benedict

Big Jones Chicago Big Jones Benedict

Big Jones Chicago
Big Jones Benedict

Big Jones Chicago Big Jones Benedict

Big Jones Chicago
Big Jones Benedict

 

Summer Mushrooms
Local chanterelles and maitake mushrooms roasted with knob onions and butter, with creamy grits and a sunny duck egg 

The grits were pretty good but a little under. The Grits were Gritty    7    The gravy was tasty    8    The mushrooms were fresh and earthy    8    The Sunnyside Up Duck egg was near perfect    9     Overall a pretty good dish   7/8     

Big Jones Chicago Summer Mushrooms

Big Jones Chicago
Summer Mushrooms

Big Jones Chicago Summer Mushrooms

Big Jones Chicago
Summer Mushrooms

Big Jones Chicago Summer Mushrooms

Big Jones Chicago
Summer Mushrooms

Big Jones Chicago Summer Mushrooms

Big Jones Chicago
Summer Mushrooms

Big Jones Chicago Summer Mushrooms

Big Jones Chicago
Summer Mushrooms

 

And for sweets

Blue & Raspberry Carolina Gold Rice Pancakes
Filled with coconut cream, topped with local farm berries, powdered sugar, and Caudill’s sorghum molasses

Delightful. Distinct rice flavor great coconut cream ripe super sweet raspberries. The cakes were fluffy and moist. Yummy    8

Big Jones Chicago Carolina Gold Rice Pancakes

Big Jones Chicago
Carolina Gold Rice Pancakes

Big Jones Chicago Carolina Gold Rice Pancakes

Big Jones Chicago
Carolina Gold Rice Pancakes

Big Jones Chicago Carolina Gold Rice Pancakes

Big Jones Chicago
Carolina Gold Rice Pancakes

Big Jones Chicago Carolina Gold Rice Pancakes

Big Jones Chicago
Carolina Gold Rice Pancakes

 

That’s it Gators. A good visit. Big Jones was loud crowded and delicious.

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