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The Lucky Penny Diner and Deli Naperville

The Lucky Penny WEBSITE

  Good Morning Gators!

It’s 6am and we are ready to get going. The Lucky Penny is in sort of a tough location. It’s tucked back in the corner of a strip mall and you can easily miss it.

The Lucky Penny
Strip Mall Sign
The Lucky Penny
Strip Mall Location
The Lucky Penny
Strip Mall Location
The Lucky Penny
Right next to the Nail Salon

 

As I was shooting these Diane went inside to claim a table. There aren’t any tables near a window so photo lighting will be a challenge.

 

The Lucky Penny
Halloween decorated foyer
The Lucky Penny
Waiting area
The Lucky Penny
Host station
The Lucky Penny
Interior
The Lucky Penny
Breakfast Bar

 

60’s rock music played in the background and it was very clean. We noticed a few cute things while we were deciding what to order. They have a big chalkboard with specials and other offerings. There were a couple of things on the table like a cool creamer cup, a hot sauce top decorated by a customer and a menu with their logo.

The Lucky Penny
Menu Board

The Lucky Penny
Customer Decorated Hot Sauce Bottle
The Lucky Penny
Menu Logo

 

We made some food decisions and ordered Coffee. The Coffee is decent but not outstanding   7   We also ordered made to order Donuts to start us off.

The Lucky Penny
Made to order Donuts
The Lucky Penny
Made to order Donuts

 

The Donuts are really more like Beignets. They were warm, super fluffy puffy, slightly crispy, a touch yeasty and melt in your mouth tender.  Yum   9

   Penny (yes there is actually a Penny at The Lucky Penny) noticed me using my light bar to brighten up the flat restaurant lighting and decided that she needed to check it out for herself.

Diane:

I really love arriving when a place is abuzz with all the startup activity…first pot of coffee, the smell of melted butter, cheery staff, all of it. We had visited Penney’s a few months ago to eat without blogging, so the menu was familiar and I was really looking forward to trying a few new items. I noted with glee that there were several pumpkin infused entrees to highlight the Autumn  season. I love the hearty coffee mugs, the roomy tables and comfy chairs. There is a very eclectic mix of art on the walls, including nature photos as well  as watercolor and pencil sketches, some of which are offered for sale. The vibe is comfy and  warm and clean and very friendly   9

The coffee was hot, which I really appreciate and our server understood my quirk or not wanting my cup topped off. When my cup of coffee (especially that precious first cup of the day) is “just right” with cream and sweetener, I want to enjoy it as it is until I have my 2nd cup. Props to Kris!

The made to order donuts were divine, golden  and crispy outside, melt in your mouth puffy inside, with a light glaze to complement  them, You can order 5 or 10, and they are so delicious. 9

 

The Lucky Penny
Penny Herself checking out my Light Wand

 

1st up

THE NAPER FRITTATA

I ordered this with a bit of hesitation. I thought that it might make for some dull photos and it does.

The Frittata was supplied with Hash Browns which I rarely eat. These were on point. They were salted properly and reasonably buttery. They were crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. I enjoyed them.   8    

As you know I generally don’t like anyones scrambled eggs but mine. This baked concoction was pretty decent. It was brown but not rubbery. It was a bit overcooked for me but not hammered. It had a good balance of ingredients and was fairly tasty but it didn’t wow me.   7    There is an option to upgrade your toast to a piece of coffee cake.  It’s moist, dense, and fruity.  Definitely worth the extra buck   8   

Diane’s take:

I really love Caramelized onions and Gouda cheese, so when I saw this on the menu, I really looked forward to the addition of chicken sausage in a frittata. So since i prefer my eggs well done, this was a great combo.   The onions tended to overpower the dish, and I would love to see them on the side instead of folded into the eggs. 6

The hash browns are worth a trip in…buttery and crispy and simply delicious. 8   The coffee cake was truly the best, a layer of fresh blueberry in the middle of a rich moist yellow cake. The  cinnamon crunch topping was spiced with smooth cinnamon and nutmeg to complement the cake perfectly. I even ordered a slice to take home for Monday breakfast. A true 10

The Lucky Penny
Naper Frittata
The Lucky Penny
Naper Frittata
The Lucky Penny
Hash Browns
The Lucky Penny
Blueberry Coffee Cake

 

2nd up

THE CUBAN BENNIE

 

The eggs were a bit under. The whites were a little snotty.   6    The pork was tender and tasty. I would have liked the heat kicked up a bit.   8   The Arepas were good. They were crisp and Corny. They were a good choice for this dish.   8   Overall this was a good combo.   8

Diane:

The originality of the Arepas as a slightly crispy bed for the savory carnitas was a nice touch. As I do not like poached eggs at all (no matter how Gene has tried to convert me) I focussed on the meat and Arepas which were extremely tasty. 8

The Lucky Penny
Cuban Benedict
The Lucky Penny
Cuban Benedict
The Lucky Penny
Cuban Benedict
The Lucky Penny
Cuban Benedict
Arepa

 

Lastly A seasonal item

 

Pumpkin Nut Cinnamon Swirl French Toast

I am typically brutal on French Toast. This version was actually good. I would order it again. It wasn’t overly pumpkinie or over spiced. It was well balanced and tasty.    It was well caramelized on the outside and tender on the inside    8   My only niggle is that I would have liked some real maple syrup for it.  (see the rant page)

Diane says:

I love the taste of pumpkin. However, at this time of year it seems overdone. Not this dish…it was just the right combination of nuts, very moist inside, and crispy buttery on the outside. Cinnamon butter topped off the luscious  Seasonal french toast.  8

The Lucky Penny
Pumpkin Nut Cinnamon Swirl French Toast
The Lucky Penny
Pumpkin Nut Cinnamon Swirl French Toast

 

This was our second trip to the LP. The first time we went we just went there for a non Gatoring breakfast. We liked it so much that we went back for a review. We spent some time on both visits with Penny. She is super friendly and has a real desire and drive to run a top notch establishment. Hopefully when you go there you’ll get a chance to say Hi.

Well thats it Gators. A good visit with Penny at the Lucky Penny.

As for Diane and me we are off to our next adventure.

 

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Son of a Butcher by WHISK Chicago

Son of a Butcher WEBSITE

Good Morning Gators!

I was super pumped to go to SOB. My followers know that WHISK is on my list of Top Picks. I’ve reviewed them twice. Rick and David  Rodriguez are creating a dining empire one restaurant at a time.

“The opening of WHISK is the realization of a dream for chefs, owners and brothers Rick and David Rodriguez. Both brothers began their careers at age 15. Rick worked his way onto and then up the kitchen line, beginning as a dishwasher and busboy and recently departing as executive chef from Logan Square’s Rocking Horse. David’s career followed a similar path, as he started out as a part-time dishwasher. Over the next ten years as he worked as a line cook, kitchen manager, and eventually chef, David’s passion for food and love of baking took shape.”  (Quote was stolen off of their site I’m sure they will forgive me)

We arrived way early due to light Sunday traffic. The time was used to plan an Upcoming road trip back to the breakfast capital of the world Portland Oregon. Stay tuned.

Due to earliness parking was free and easy as in easy and FREE. OK 7:50 time to get going. Pics taken and heading inside.

Son Of A Butcher Chicago Exterior
Son Of A Butcher Chicago
Exterior
Son Of A Butcher Chicago Exterior
Son Of A Butcher Chicago
Exterior
Son Of A Butcher Chicago Exterior
Son Of A Butcher Chicago
Exterior
Son Of A Butcher Chicago Exterior
Son Of A Butcher Chicago
Exterior

The interior is clean warm and a touch of industrial. Cool brick floor and a nice Patio.

Son Of A Butcher Chicago Interior
Son Of A Butcher Chicago
Interior
Son Of A Butcher Chicago Interior
Son Of A Butcher Chicago
Interior
Son Of A Butcher Chicago Interior
Son Of A Butcher Chicago
Interior
Son Of A Butcher Chicago Interior
Son Of A Butcher Chicago
Interior
Son Of A Butcher Chicago Interior
Son Of A Butcher Chicago
Interior
Son Of A Butcher Chicago Interior
Son Of A Butcher Chicago
Interior
Son Of A Butcher Chicago Patio
Son Of A Butcher Chicago
Patio
Son Of A Butcher Chicago Patio
Son Of A Butcher Chicago
Patio

 

As usual Coffee and Water. Water is from a bottle on the table and sweeter is served in a jar. I miss the wooden sticks from WHISK though

Son Of A Butcher Chicago Water Bottle
Son Of A Butcher Chicago
Water Bottle
Son Of A Butcher Chicago Sweetener from a Jar
Son Of A Butcher Chicago
Sweetener from a Jar

 

Wooden stir stick from WHISK

WHISK Chicago Coffee and Stick
WHISK Chicago
Coffee and Stick I Miss IT!

 

The Coffee was good Strong and a bit complex. Good Job!   9    The music was a mix of genres. from blues to jazz. It fit the venue    8    

The menu is a bit big for me but not crazy. Very imaginative. The Chefs have done an outstanding  job.

OK lets EAT

BBQ Brisket Hash

BBQ Brisket, chipotle queso sauce, and two any style eggs topped with crispy onions

Served over house potatoes and includes choice of toast  

Egg Choice was Sunny Side Up. Toast was Marble Rye.

Eva Delivered the first course.

I do what I always do. Instagram first. Pictures next. Then I start picking and the disassemblidge.  Potatoes Great    9     Perfectly seasoned hot and fresh. Usually when you get potatoes first thing in the morning they are yesterdays leftovers. The Chipotle Queso Sauce was on point. Perfect heat level and the perfect compliment    9    The brisket was soft moist unctuous beefy and not over smoked    9    The eggs were a touch under. I liked the addition of the fried onions under the eggs. The toast was good as well. They use the same great bread supplier as the other location. This dish was fantastic    9     

Son Of A Butcher Chicago BBQ Brisket Hash
Son Of A Butcher Chicago
BBQ Brisket Hash
Son Of A Butcher Chicago BBQ Brisket Hash
Son Of A Butcher Chicago
BBQ Brisket Hash
Son Of A Butcher Chicago BBQ Brisket Hash
Son Of A Butcher Chicago
BBQ Brisket Hash

 

Spicy Shrimp Omelette

Egg omelette with chopped Cajun-seasoned gulf shrimp, onions,

bacon, and cheddar cheese topped with chipotle salsa

Substitute house potatoes with frijoles charros, fruit, poblano mac and cheese, or roasted veggies for $3

OK I might as well get it out of the way. Most of you know that most people LOVE macaroni and cheese. I on the other hand am just OK about it. I substituted poblano mac and cheese for the potatoes for my readers. You also know that I am automatically going to complain about the Omelette being overcooked. Rant over.

The Chipotle Salsa? Great The Shrimp? Spicy and Shrimpy. The addition of the bacon was a good match up with the shrimp. Yes it was overcooked but it was tasty all the same. This was a good omelette. I don’t say that very often.    8

Son Of A Butcher Chicago Spicy Shrimp Omelette
Son Of A Butcher Chicago
Spicy Shrimp Omelette
Son Of A Butcher Chicago Spicy Shrimp Omelette
Son Of A Butcher Chicago
Spicy Shrimp Omelette
Son Of A Butcher Chicago Spicy Shrimp Omelette
Son Of A Butcher Chicago
Spicy Shrimp Omelette

 

Mac And Cheese? As much as I hate to say it, it was great. It was complex enough to hold my interest. It wasn’t just a big cheese glob with some pasta thrown in. I like the Cavatappi Pasta. It’s fun and it holds the sauce. For me it was a creamy dreamy    9      for you it may be a 10

Son Of A Butcher Chicago Poblano Macaroni and Cheese
Son Of A Butcher Chicago
Poblano Macaroni and Cheese
Son Of A Butcher Chicago Poblano Macaroni and Cheese all gone
Son Of A Butcher Chicago
Poblano Macaroni and Cheese all gone

 

Tinga Hash Shredded chicken in red chipotle sauce, lettuce, sour cream,

tomato queso fresco, and two any style eggs topped with tortilla strips

A flavor Bomb. The pieces (not shredded) of grilled chicken were spicy garlicky smokey and delicious. The chipotle cream was lickable.       The poached eggs were a tad under. Winner Winner Tinga Chicken Hash. Well you get it.   9    

Son Of A Butcher Chicago Tinga Hash
Son Of A Butcher Chicago
Tinga Hash
Son Of A Butcher Chicago Tinga Hash
Son Of A Butcher Chicago
Tinga Hash
Son Of A Butcher Chicago Tinga Hash
Son Of A Butcher Chicago
Tinga Hash
Son Of A Butcher Chicago Tinga Hash
Son Of A Butcher Chicago
Tinga Hash
Son Of A Butcher Chicago Tinga Hash
Son Of A Butcher Chicago
Tinga Hash

 

 

Now for the Sweet Stuff

 

Crunchy Bananas Foster French Toast

French toast dipped in Cap’n Crunch cereal topped with bananas

caramelized in bourbon, brown sugar and cinnamon

Just like it sounds. Eggy sweet masterpiece. If I had to pick it would be that it could use a touch more Bourbon and a few seconds longer soak in the custard. You need this.    9    

Son Of A Butcher Crunchy Bananas Foster French Toast
Son Of A Butcher
Crunchy Bananas Foster French Toast
Son Of A Butcher Crunchy Bananas Foster French Toast
Son Of A Butcher
Crunchy Bananas Foster French Toast
Son Of A Butcher Crunchy Bananas Foster French Toast
Son Of A Butcher
Crunchy Bananas Foster French Toast
Son Of A Butcher Crunchy Bananas Foster French Toast
Son Of A Butcher
Crunchy Bananas Foster French Toast
Son Of A Butcher Crunchy Bananas Foster French Toast
Son Of A Butcher
Crunchy Bananas Foster French Toast
Son Of A Butcher Crunchy Bananas Foster French Toast
Son Of A Butcher
Crunchy Bananas Foster French Toast

 

 

And Finally

Not on the Menu

House made by Chef David Snickers Cheesecake

My only comment about this one way ticket to Diabetic Coma Town is Jesus H. Tap-dancing Christ. David should NOT be allowed to make this.

Drive over here and jam this in your Cheesecake hole.    9    

 

Son Of A Butcher Snickers Cheesecake
Son Of A Butcher
Snickers Cheesecake
Son Of A Butcher Snickers Cheesecake
Son Of A Butcher
Snickers Cheesecake
Son Of A Butcher Snickers Cheesecake
Son Of A Butcher
Snickers Cheesecake
Son Of A Butcher Snickers Cheesecake
Son Of A Butcher
Snickers Cheesecake

 

 

OK Gators Thats It

A Most Excellent Visit with Rick and Eva at Son Of A Butcher By WHISK. I will be adding them to the Breakfast Gator Top Pick List.

Owner Rick Rodriguez (right) and The Breakfast Gator (left)
Owner Rick Rodriguez (right) and The Breakfast Gator (left)

 

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WHISK Chicago V2.0

WHISK WEBSITE

Good morning Gators

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

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

WHISK Chicago Interior

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

 

WHISK Chicago Exterior
WHISK Chicago
Exterior

 

WHISK Chicago Exterior
WHISK Chicago
Exterior

 

Big Letters Big Utensils Small Place.

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

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

WHISK Chicago Interior
WHISK Chicago
Interior

 

WHISK Chicago Interior
WHISK Chicago
Interior

 

WHISK Chicago Interior
WHISK Chicago
Interior

 

WHISK Chicago Special announcement board
WHISK Chicago
Special announcement board

 

WHISK Chicago Interior
WHISK Chicago
Interior

 

WHISK Chicago Interior
WHISK Chicago
Interior

 

WHISK Chicago Interior
WHISK Chicago
Interior

 

WHISK Chicago Interior
WHISK Chicago
Interior

 

WHISK Chicago Mug Cabinet
WHISK Chicago
Mug Cabinet

 

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

 

WHISK Chicago Interior
WHISK Chicago
Interior

 

WHISK Chicago Exterior
WHISK Chicago
Ron Swanson Quote

 

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

 

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

 

WHISK Chicago Ron Swanson Quote
WHISK Chicago
Ron Swanson Quote

 

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

WHISK Chicago CUTE Patio
WHISK Chicago
CUTE Patio

 

WHISK Chicago CUTE Patio
WHISK Chicago
CUTE Patio

 

WHISK Chicago CUTE Patio
WHISK Chicago
CUTE Patio

 

WHISK Chicago CUTE Patio
WHISK Chicago
CUTE Patio

 

WHISK Chicago CUTE Patio
WHISK Chicago
CUTE Patio

 

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

WHISK Chicago Coffee and Stick
WHISK Chicago
Coffee and Stick

 

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

WHISK Chicago Table Box
WHISK Chicago
Table Box

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

OK Time To Order

The breakfast menu is fairly short. YAY

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

WHISK Chicago Watermelon Slice
WHISK Chicago
Watermelon Slice

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

It’s A SNOWSTORM of Flavor

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

 

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

WHISK Chicago Leftovers
WHISK Chicago
Leftovers

 

OK That’s it Gators

A great visit at a great place.

WHISK is A Breakfast Gator Top Pick

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

 

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Town House Books and Cafe St. Charles Illinois

Town House Books and Cafe WEBSITE

Welcome Gators!

Town House has a full Brunch thing on Sunday only and it doesn’t open till 10:30! That’s like the middle of the day! I could have Gatored another place, went home, then went to Town House Books. (I didn’t)

Town House Books and Cafe Exterior
Town House Books and Cafe
Exterior
Town House Books and Cafe Exterior
Town House Books and Cafe
Exterior
Town House Books and Cafe Exterior
Town House Books and Cafe
Exterior
Town House Books and Cafe Exterior
Town House Books and Cafe
 CAFE Exterior

We got in LINE at 10:25 yes LINE. It was 2 Degrees out. They opened up and the line shuffled in. We were seated quickly and efficiently. Our server BEN asked if we wanted Coffee. Of course I do. He returned with Coffee Water and Extra Napkins. I LOVE when they bring extra napkins   10   Coffee was good   8   The menu is fairly short but it’s all non standard fare so it requires some decision making. So I sipped Coffee and made a decision for the starting round.

The place is DARK. It’s miserable for photos. No Music   5   They have Carpet   2   Don’t get me started. On the other hand it’s fun eating in a bookstore.

Town House Books and Cafe Interior
Town House Books and Cafe
Interior
Town House Books and Cafe Interior
Town House Books and Cafe
Interior
Town House Books and Cafe Interior
Town House Books and Cafe
Interior
Town House Books and Cafe Interior
Town House Books and Cafe
Interior

Ok Let’s get going

 

Oeufs St. Richard

Our delicious Eggs Benedict made with applewood-smoked bacon instead of ham, served with Creole potatoes

Hollandaise is the proper viscosity and Lemony. It’s good   8   The Eggs were prepared over medium. For some reason Town House doesn’t make poached Eggs. Curious. Anyway one of the Eggs was cooked properly and one was a bit over.   7   The muffin was un toasted UGH I’ll spare you the rant   3   The Bacon was good and crisp and not overly salty   8   The Spinach was good seasoned ok   7   The Potatoes were Scrumptious Roasted well seasoned well slightly spicy and finished with fresh Thyme.   8   Overall a good dish. I’d re-order this one.   8   

Town House Books and Cafe Oeufs St Richard
Town House Books and Cafe
Oeufs St Richard
Town House Books and Cafe Oeufs St Richard
Town House Books and Cafe
Oeufs St Richard
Town House Books and Cafe Oeufs St Richard Take a Bite!
Town House Books and Cafe
Oeufs St Richard
Take a Bite!

 

NEXT

New Favorite

Baked ham, egg, Brie cheese, roasted red peppers
& honey mustard between two toasted English muffin halves, served with mixed greens & raspberry-poppy seed dressing

A good mix of greens with a good vinaigrette maybe a few too many poppy seeds   8   The Sangwidje. Muffin not toasted #2. Is the Toaster busted?   4   Ham could be hotter. The Egg could have been softer. The Brie had the proper funk. Sometimes Brie can be like the inside of a Chuck Taylor. This was a bit too McDonaldie for me. Keep in mind that I’m not a big fan of Sandwiches for breakfast. Overall I would give this a firm   7   

Town House Books and Cafe New Favorite
Town House Books and Cafe
New Favorite
Town House Books and Cafe New Favorite
Town House Books and Cafe
New Favorite

 

And Finally

Tequila Sunrise

Raspberry, cream cheese & banana stuffed French toast, served with maple syrup & fruit salad

Fruit Salad Meh. Under Ripe Melon cubes   5   French Toast? Not. Unsoaked bread warmed on the grill. No soft custardy French Toast here. I was hopeful.   4   The filling was good hot and slightly sweet. Overall this was OK. A very generous   7   

Town House Books an Cafe Tequila Sunrise French Toast
Town House Books an Cafe
Tequila Sunrise French Toast

OK Gators that takes care of the food now you can take a tour of the bookstore…

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Cute Huh?

You should go there. Get there early Get in line Get some grub buy a book and get some edumacation.

 

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

Wishbone Chicago Illinois

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Oddly enough we arrived at The Little Goat Diner shortly before they opened. (Or so I thought). I Parked the BREKFST Mobile about a block away and ponied up the parking money. I grabbed my Camera Pack and off we went. I stopped, stood in the street, and took my usual front of the building shot. Done. We approached the revolving door on the front of the restaurant.

Little Goat Diner Chicago Exterior
Little Goat Diner Chicago
Exterior

If you look closely at the picture you can see a sign stuck to the right side of the revolving entry door. (I was too mad and cold to take a picture) The sign said that they were closed for construction for the next few days. UGH! Back to the car. After deliberating I made a decision to go to Wishbone. It was on my list and close by. Drive, Re Park, Re Feed the Meter, Head to the Restaurant.

Wishbone Restaurant Chicago Exterior
Wishbone Restaurant
Chicago
Exterior
Wishbone Restaurant Interior Waiting Area
Wishbone Restaurant
Interior Waiting Area
Wishbone Restaurant Interior
Wishbone Restaurant
Interior
Wishbone Restaurant Interior
Wishbone Restaurant
Interior
Wishbone Restaurant Interior
Wishbone Restaurant
Interior
Wishbone Restaurant Interior
Wishbone Restaurant
Interior
Wishbone Restaurant Interior
Wishbone Restaurant
Interior
Wishbone Restaurant Interior
Wishbone Restaurant
Interior Deranged Chicken Picture on Wall

Usual window spot. Usual tiny table. Usual Coffee and water order. Kimberly brought our drinks and extra napkins over right away.  10   Coffee is Meh  7   There IS Splenda though.

The Decor is Shabby Chic. Beat up wood Chairs and floors (no carpet 10) 60’s pop/rock music   8   and brightly colored Pastel Pencil Pictures of Crabs, Vegetables, and Deranged Chickens.   8      

Time to peruse the menu. It’s moderately large. It took me awhile to make a decision. Hmmm

Ok Here we go

Crawfish Cakes
Spicy craw fish tail patties served with roasted red pepper sauce. Served w/ 2 eggs any style.

Wishbone Restaurant Chicago Crawfish Cakes w/ Poached Oeufs
Wishbone Restaurant Chicago
Crawfish Cakes
Wishbone Restaurant Chicago Crawfish Cakes w/ Poached Oeufs
Wishbone Restaurant Chicago
Crawfish Cakes
Wishbone Restaurant Chicago Crawfish Cakes with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
Wishbone Restaurant Chicago
Crawfish Cakes with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
Wishbone Restaurant Chicago Crawfish Cakes
Wishbone Restaurant Chicago
Crawfish Cakes

If you look at the second photo of this series you may have noticed the telltale signs of an egg cooked in plastic wrap. The wrinkles in the egg are the tell. Well Gators I’m going to let you in on how it’s done by linking you to this French Guy telling you how to do it. You’re Welcome.

French Guy Making a Poached Egg In Plastic Wrap

I put the poached eggs on top of the Crawfish Cakes, poured on some sauce, and broke one open. Water gushed out. The egg took on some water when they reheated it.   4   The Sauce is good. a bit sweet. Good contrast to the CF Cake.   8   The Crawfish cake was meaty and spicy. Really needed to be cooked a little more.  The spices tasted a bit raw and the center was pretty soft   7   The potatoes were seasoned well, oniony, and slightly crisp.   8    The supplied Corn Muffin tasted ok but was a bit doughy   7   Overall a pretty decent dish  7   Crisp up those Cakes in some butter give em a Lemon squeeze and you can push it up to an easy 8.

Shrimp & Grits
Sauteed with bacon, mushrooms & scallions with white wine and cream over cheese grits.

Wishbone Restaurant Chicago Shrimp & Grits
Wishbone Restaurant Chicago
Shrimp & Grits
Wishbone Restaurant Chicago Shrimp & Grits
Wishbone Restaurant Chicago
Shrimp & Grits

Good Biscuit. Scooped type as opposed to rolled and cut. Soft Fluffy Puffy  8   Shrimp not deveined  and overcooked.   6   Sauce is decent Bacony and Mushroomy. A bit to much Scallion for me   7   The Grits are delicious Soft Super Creamy and Cheesy   8   Overall a strong   7   Would have been an 8 but the Shrimp knocked it down. I would definitely order the Grits ala cart again. 

Crunchy French Toast
Made with thick sliced challah bread dipped in corn flakes.

Wishbone Restaurant Chicago Crunchy French Toast
Wishbone Restaurant Chicago
Crunchy French Toast
Wishbone Restaurant Chicago Crunchy French Toast
Wishbone Restaurant Chicago
Crunchy French Toast
Wishbone Restaurant Chicago Crunchy French Toast Check out that Texture
Wishbone Restaurant Chicago
Crunchy French Toast
Check out that Texture

Well as usual the bread isn’t soaked long enough so its dry inside but it IS crunchy outside. The cornflakes are a fun twist. It was an overall 7  

NOTE:  None of the dishes had Orange Slice Garnishes!   10  

 

Well Gators that it. Next time your Near HARPO Studios stop in at Wishbone.

 

I’m off to my next adventure!

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