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Son Of A Butcher by WHISK

SOB WEBSITE

Good Morning Gators!

Although as far as my internal clock goes it’s almost the middle of the day. SOB opens at 10. We were almost an hour early due to my incessant need to be early and traffic being cooperative. We sat in the BREKFST mobile and listened to tunes. As the magic hour approached people started to pile out of their cars. I had discussed my mission with the young and handsome Chef Owner Rick Rodriguez and he very kindly held us a table. Diane sat down and I grabbed my usual interior shots. There was good strong dark roast coffee to be found. I had expected to do some of the usual menu browsing but Rick had other plans for us. The menu is being completely refreshed and he wanted to show off some the new grub. Bring it.

SOB’s exterior sports a custom paint job and a wind break that wasn’t there last time I was there.

SOB Chicago
Exterior
SOB Chicago
Exterior
SOB Chicago
Exterior and my shadow

 

The super cool industrial interior is complete with a big bar and a hallway and bathrooms with pennies decoupaged to the floor. Love it.

SOB Chicago
Interior
SOB Chicago
Interior
SOB Chicago
Interior
SOB Chicago
Interior
SOB Chicago
Interior
SOB Chicago
Interior
SOB Chicago
Interior
SOB Chicago
Interior

 

There are some small decorative touches that add extra personality.

SOB Chicago
SOB Chicago
SOB Chicago
SOB Chicago

SOB and WISK are 2 of my favorites. I may be a bit biased but I have been to a LOT of breakfast emporiums and feel like that I can do an ojective re-review. OK enough chatter. Let’s go.

As we were settling in the first course arrived.

Pozole

I have had Pozole for breakfast before but not this degree of deliciousness. The hominy was perfectly cooked. The beans were tender. The chicken was succulent  the broth was perfectly seasoned and had the proper level of salt. The addition of fresh cabbage and radishes added crunchy freshness.  Although I would probably add a nicely poached egg to this, it was sublime.   9

SOB Chicago
Pozole
SOB Chicago
Pozole
SOB Chicago
Pozole
SOB Chicago
Pozole
SOB Chicago
Pozole Accoutrements

SOB Chicago
Chips

   

Just as I was licking the bowl the second course arrived

Diane:

I had been looking forward to visiting SOB for some time now, and it was exciting to hear that Chef Rick was in the process of retooling the menu. As soon as we walked in, a friendly host greeted us and a moment later Rick was there to usher us into a sunny front booth.  Hot coffee and ice water were poured quickly and  Gator left to  roam around taking photos. The first course of  delicious Pozole arrived steaming, with a bowl of chips and fresh limes and a little cup of oregano. The hominy was delicious, the chicken thigh tender and the broth spiced just right, but the addition of thinly radishes and chopped raw cabbage was delightful. 9

 

Breakfast Tacos

For the sake of transparency I need to state that I really don’t care for breakfast tacos. It’s too close to a breakfast sandwich which I also am not a fan of. Now that I’m whining I might as well continue with the fact that I’m also not a fan of steak for breakfast and I really only like my own scrambled eggs. That being said I have to say that these were pretty tasty. The marinated steak had a good balance of tenderness and chew and was well seasoned The eggs although a bit overdone for me were not hammered. The house made tortillas were great and 2 two house made salsas were fantastic. These are probably the best version I’ve experienced.   7   You will most likely enjoy these more than I did.

Diane: The breakfast taco platter looked beautiful and I was thrilled to hear Anna say that the salsa verde had avocado in it, which is my favorite pairing with eggs. The steak was seasoned perfectly and very tender, and the pico was fresh as can be   8

SOB Chicago
Breakfast Tacos
SOB Chicago
Breakfast Tacos
SOB Chicago
Breakfast Tacos

Diane orders a cocktail.

If you’ve been following us you’ll already know my  partner likes a little alcomohol with breakfast. The name of the concoction was called a Dove. It was a quite delicious combo of tequila lime and grapefruit soda.   9  

Diane:

This was one tasty beverage. It was hard to pass up the homemade Sangria  served on Sundays for $5… but seeing grapefruit paired with Tequila on the drink menu was so enticing so I ordered it up. The bartender on duty this Sunday morning took her craft quite seriously. I saw more than a few Bloodies crafted under her keen eye and deft wrist with the shaker. I want to come back and try the Kick Back Jack, looked delish. There is a very inventive drink menu at SOB and the prices are pretty good too. My dove, I give you a 9

SOB Chicago
The Dove

 

2 Kinds of Cakes

Apple Cobbler

In unconventional gator style I’m starting with the rating. I have never rated ANYTHING a  10   I never believed that it was possible that I would find a dish that would rate that high. Chef Rick has done it. He broke my streak and now has a place in Breakfast Gator history. When I took a couple of bites of these I was actually speechless. The pancakes were super light and fluffy. They were thoroughly cooked but not dry. (I hate doughy or gooey undercooked pancakes). They were excellent all by themselves. They were topped with a concoction of roasted apples and a freakishly fantastic apple pie seasoned sauce. It was sprinkled with pieces of charred pie crust. Pure Genius. Rick I’m not sure if I should Kiss you or punch you for creating this increadable sexy masterpiece. I’m weeping as I’m typing this. You know what was wrong with these? Nothing.

Diane:

The arrival of this dish left us staring at each other and mouthing the words “pie crust” silently in tandem. The combination of real, made-from-scratch pancakes, lightly roasted  and glazed apples and tender bits of nicely  browned pie crust is pure magic. I cannot think of any better summary than Oh My these are a total 10!!!      10

 

SOB Chicago
Apple Cobbler Pancakes
SOB Chicago
Apple Cobbler Pancakes
SOB Chicago
Apple Cobbler Pancakes
SOB Chicago
Apple Cobbler Pancakes

 

Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes

More of the fantastic base pancakes topped with a delightful Poppyseed filled topping. A spoonful or 2 of blackberry compote and a dollop of ricotta. This is another killer execution of pancakery.    9    I can see the sign now. Rick and Davids Pancake Emporium

Diane:

I love how SOB uses all types of plates for their dishes…70’s harvest orange stoneware, delft blue stoneware as seen here under the tender and fluffy Lemon Poppyseed cream cakes. I call them cream cakes because there was a dollop of whipped cheese, maybe macsaparone, I forgot to ask Rick. But I tell you the berry compote on top was tart and a perfect foil for the creamy lemon poppyseed sauce. Kevin, (who kept our table full of goodies) and  I agreed, this dish totally beats out berry Pop Tarts. Way.  9

SOB Chicago
Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes
SOB Chicago
Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes
SOB Chicago
Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes
SOB Chicago Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes
SOB Chicago
Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes
SOB Chicago
Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes

 

Well Gators That’s it. A REMARKABLE visit with Chef Rick at SOB by WISK. Put SOB and WISK on your MUST go to list. Oh by the way they do lunch and dinner too.

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I had to get a selfie with the 2 of us for 2 reasons. One day Rick is going to be a star on the Food Network and he will forget we ever met and 2 to be able to prove that I know him. I have one with brother David for the same reason.

The amazing and Handsome Chef Rick and some dude

 

 

As for us we’re off to our next adventure.

OM NOM NOM

 

 

 

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

As for us we are off to our next adventure.

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WHISK Chicago Illinois

WHISK WEBSITE

Happy Valentines Day Gators!

Happy Valentines Day Gators!
Happy Valentines Day Gators!

We arrived at WHISK early as usual so listening to tunes in the BREKFST mobile was in order. WHISK opens at 7 YAY! You know how I hate those City places that don’t open till 9.

OK 6:55 and I’m ready to go. I check the door and it’s OPEN. I’m very happy about this. I’ve been to several places that didn’t open till 8 or 10 minutes past when they were supposed to.

WHISK Chicago
WHISK Chicago

 

As soon as I stepped through the red breezeway door I knew I was in for something out of the ordinary. To the left is A giant fork and whisk.

WHISK Chicago Giant fork and whisk
WHISK Chicago
Giant fork and whisk

To the right is a Ron Swanson art gallery.

WHISK Chicago Ron Swanson Art Gallery
WHISK Chicago
Ron Swanson Art Gallery

Who is Ron Swanson? for those not in the know click the link that follows to find out.   WHO IS RON SWANSON?

WHISK Chicago Interior
WHISK Chicago
Interior
WHISK Chicago Interior
WHISK Chicago
Interior
WHISK Chicago Interior
WHISK Chicago
Interior
WHISK Chicago Interior
WHISK Chicago
Interior
WHISK Chicago Interior
WHISK Chicago
Interior
WHISK Chicago Interior
WHISK Chicago
Interior
WHISK Chicago Interior
WHISK Chicago
Interior
WHISK Chicago Interior Wall of Fame
WHISK Chicago
Interior Wall of Fame
WHISK Chicago Giant Ron Swanson
WHISK Chicago
Giant Ron Swanson

 

We were first to arrive. Normally I take a spot by a window for photographic purposes but this place is somewhat of a cave. The lighting is low and no windows. I apologize in advance for the lack of pop in my pictures. All of that said let me tell you that WHISK is at the top of the heap in unusual decor. It’s a crazy mix of styles and art. No carpet   10   60’s-70’s music   9   

Coffee is ordered and served.   7   It was supplied with a stick. An unusual and interesting move.It took me awhile to figure out why they would do this.  I normally end up using my spoon in my coffee so I hate to use it for anything else. The simple addition of a stick to the mix eliminates me sacrificing my spoon.   10

WHISK Chicago Coffee and Stick
WHISK Chicago
Coffee and Stick

  

Water is Corked and ready   9   and water jars are on hand.

WHISK Chicago Water Bottle
WHISK Chicago
Water Bottle and Jars

The menu is shortish   8   You know I hate extensive menus. The menu is also decorated with a Sugar Skull.

WHISK Chicago Menu with Sugar Skull Watermark
WHISK Chicago
Menu with Sugar Skull Watermark

It didn’t take too long to make a decision…

1st up

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

Let’s talk TOAST.

START Rant– I like my toast toasted well. I know this is a personal choice. I also like my toast pre buttered. This is a controversial topic. almost as controversial as whether the toilet paper should roll from the top or the bottom of the roll. (TOP of course) It never fails. you get unbuttered  toast from the kitchen and by the time you get it it’s not hot enough to melt the butter so this is what you end up with.  Cold toast and unmelted butter. Sadness. I think that you should be offered buttered toast.– END Rant.

I need to point out in WHISK’s defense the bread that they used for the two kinds of toast that I got was of great quality.   8   for the bread quality  3   for the cool light toast.

WHISK Chicago Cool Toast that could be toasted darker.
WHISK Chicago
Cool Toast that could be toasted darker.
WHISK Chicago UNmelted Butter Sadness
WHISK Chicago
UNmelted Butter Sadness

Enough about toast already!

The house made brisket was good.   8   It was seasoned well and tender. I could have used a bit more of it. The eggs were undercooked and a bit waterlogged   5   The veggies were tasty and seasoned properly   8   Overall a good and tasty dish   8   

WHISK Chicago Brisket Hash
WHISK Chicago
Brisket Hash
WHISK Chicago Brisket Hash
WHISK Chicago
Brisket Hash
WHISK Chicago Brisket Hash
WHISK Chicago
Brisket Hash

BIG props WHISK. NO sneeze powder (pre ground black pepper) Instead it was replaced with a salt/pepper mill.   9

WHISK Chicago Pepper Mill
WHISK Chicago
Pepper Mill

 

NEXT

AZTEC OMELETTE
Egg omelette with corn, avocado, chihuahua cheese, bell peppers, jalapenos and onions served with house potatoes and your choice of toast

ADD Grits

The grits were good smooth creamy cheesy salty   8   

The Omelette was decent.    7   

 

WHISK Chicago Aztec Omelette
WHISK Chicago
Aztec Omelette
WHISK Chicago Aztec Omelette
WHISK Chicago
Aztec Omelette
WHISK Chicago Aztec Omelette
WHISK Chicago
Aztec Omelette

 

And Finally

REESE’S PANCAKES
Banana pancakes with Reese’s chocolate pieces covered with white chocolate sauce, fresh bananas and mocha mascarpone whipping cream

I expected not to like this. I was wrong. I was expecting this to be a Diabetes inducing sugar bomb I was wrong again. Yes it was sweet but not overly. It was chocolaty Peanut Buttery Bananaee and a touch Salty. A decadent    8

WHISK Chicago Reese's PB Pancakes
WHISK Chicago
Reese’s  Pancakes
WHISK Chicago Reese's Pancakes
WHISK Chicago
Reese’s Pancakes
WHISK Chicago Reese's Pancakes
WHISK Chicago
Reese’s Pancakes
WHISK Chicago Reese's Pancakes
WHISK Chicago
Reese’s Pancakes

 

This was a great outing. I had a talk with David the co owner, and his big brother Rick also stopped by to see if everything went well. A couple really nice young guys that are brave for going up against the burgeoning Chicago restaurant scene. Get over there and pay them a delecious visit. You’ll be glad that you did!

As for me I’m off to my next adventure

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Lula Cafe Chicago Illinois

Lula Cafe WEBSITE

Lula doesn’t open until 9am. What? That’s like the middle of the day in Gator time. We were there about 45 minutes early and was able to park almost in front of the place. A few minutes later an old guy in a Lexus pulled up behind the BREKFST mobile. A crowd was starting to gather. As the time on my Gator Green watch moved closer to 9 more people were showing up. It was like a scene from “The Birds” 9:55 time to go.

Lula Cafe Chicago Exterior
Lula Cafe Chicago
Exterior
Lula Cafe Chicago Interior
Lula Cafe Chicago
Interior
Lula Cafe Chicago Bar
Lula Cafe Chicago
Bar
Lula Cafe Chicago Back Bar
Lula Cafe Chicago
Back Bar
Lula Cafe Chicago Interior
Lula Cafe Chicago
Interior

Lula is in a turn of the century Logan Square building. It’s old and hip like me. No carpet of course. I’m guessing original 1800’s wood floor and ceiling. Modern eclectic music to go with the decor of the place   8   

A seat by the window with the prerequisite water (in a bottle on the table) and coffee.    8   no Splenda Turbinado sugar rocks    7   or Stevia. Ewwww. Stevia tastes like lawn clippings.   3

Lula Cafe Chicago Water Bottle
Lula Cafe Chicago
Water Bottle
Lula Cafe Chicago Cute Turbinado Sugar Rocks
Lula Cafe Chicago
Cute Turbinado Sugar Rocks

 

The menu is VERY limited. You know I like that but it’s almost too limited. My decision was almost instant. The 3 Specials

Pozole

Red chili pork stew masa dumplings roasted squash 60 minute egg sour orange

What is a 60 minute egg you may ask? Go Ahead. Ask.

It’s an egg cooked in 62.5 centigrade water for an hour sous-vide style. Thank’s for asking.

WOW I rarely am at a loss for a descriptor. It was spicy comforting crunchy crazy goodness.   An extremely rare   9   It was a fantastic interpretation of the classic dish.

Lula Cafe Chicago Pozole
Lula Cafe Chicago
Pozole
Lula Cafe Chicago Pozole
Lula Cafe Chicago
Pozole
Lula Cafe Chicago Sour Orange and Cilantro Trim
Lula Cafe Chicago
Sour Orange and Cilantro Trim
Lula Cafe Chicago Sour Orange and Cilantro Trim
Lula Cafe Chicago
Sour Orange and Cilantro Trim
Lula Cafe Chicago Pozole Loved It!
Lula Cafe Chicago
Pozole
Loved It!

Corned Beef Hash

Brussel sprouts confit potatoes tarragon sunny side egg

I never would have thought that a restaurant of this caliber would dare give you a snotty sunny egg. They DID dare.   3   Crunchy Brussel leaves and tender well seasoned sprouts   8   The Corned beef was in 1/2 3/4 inch cubes. Tender salty pretty good   7  Overall an   8   If the egg was cooked properly it would have been a   9   A new spin on an old classic

Lula Cafe Chicago Corned Beef Hash
Lula Cafe Chicago
Corned Beef Hash
Lula Cafe Chicago Corned Beef Hash
Lula Cafe Chicago
Corned Beef Hash
Lula Cafe Chicago Corned Beef Hash
Lula Cafe Chicago
Corned Beef Hash Bite

 

Banana bread french toast

Butterscotch vanilla bean yogurt chocolate granola

YES I’m still chasing this unicorn and NO I didn’t find it. Was it good? Yes   8   Was it french toast? No. It was Banana Bread dipped in eggs. Do they get it? Yes they Do!  Alton Brown Makes French Toast better known by Gator fans as The Link. Please enjoy the Video… “THE LINK”

The Banana Bread was good. The Yogurt was tangy and the Granola was chocolaty and crunchy

Lula Cafe Chicago Banana Bread French Toast
Lula Cafe Chicago
Banana Bread French Toast
Lula Cafe Chicago Banana Bread French Toast
Lula Cafe Chicago
Banana Bread French Toast
Lula Cafe Chicago Banana Bread French Toast
Lula Cafe Chicago
Banana Bread French Toast

 

Lula is a Breakfast Gator Top Pick

The food is good and the service by the supplimentary staff is top notch. I have to say though that the last 2 times that I was there my servers started strong out of the gate but faded fast. I’m not sure what causes this phenomenon.  That aside this is a destination place. They only do a full menu on the weekend. During the week there are extremely limited choices so go on a weekend and get there before they open or be prepared to wait.

That wraps it up. As for me, I’m off to my next adventure!

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