Tag Archives: sweet berry cafe

Sweet Berry Cafe South Elgin Illinois V2.0

Good Morning Gators!

This is my second review of SB. It’s a go to spot for me. It’s on my way to work, open early, consistent, and has enough variety to keep me coming back. I’m reviewing it again because I managed to purge a bunch of photos from my site by accident and left a whole bunch of pages without photos. You are going to see some repeats of some of restaurants that I feel are repeat worthy.

Off we go!

It’s 6:30 and it’s still dark out. There were already hungry morning people waiting to get in.

Sweet Berry Cafe Elgin Exterior

Sweet Berry Cafe South Elgin
Exterior

We walked in. There wasn’t anyone there to greet us.

Sweet Berry Cafe Elgin Waiting Area
Sweet Berry Cafe South Elgin
Waiting Area
Sweet Berry Cafe Elgin No one to greet us...
Sweet Berry Cafe South Elgin
No one to greet us…

There wasn’t anyone there to greet us so we took a seat by a dark window. Our Server discovered us and came by to bring menus and take a coffee order. She returned with a carafe for the table   10   Coffee   8   and they have Splenda.

They tout Kona coffee. I can pretty much predict that this is a Kona blend not straight Kona coffee. Straight Kona Coffee is about 30 bucks a pound. they are not serving this. Not to go off on a Geno Beano Coffee Rant but Kona coffee isn’t really all that anyway. It has  great aroma but it has very little body and doesn’t have much character. I much prefer a Guatemalan or even a Costa Rican. My favorite breakfast coffee is good Kenya AA. It goes great with sweet stuff. OK I guess I DID Rant.

The place is free of carpet  10  It if fully decorated for Christmas and has Christmas music playing slightly above background levels.

Iv’e been here many times so I pretty much know the menu. It didn’t take long to figure out the game plan.

1ST UP

Louisiana Grits Bowl

Creamy Grits, Scrambled Eggs, Andouille Sausage, Blackened Tiger Shrimp, Cheddar Cheese, Scallions, Cajun Hollandaise.

Sweet Berry Cafe Elgin Louisiana Grits Bowl
Sweet Berry Cafe South Elgin
Louisiana Grits Bowl
Sweet Berry Cafe Elgin Louisiana Grits Bowl
Sweet Berry Cafe South Elgin
Louisiana Grits Bowl

Grits are creamy and cooked through. Pop Quiz! What’s the difference between Grits and Polenta? About 10 bucks. Thanks. Be sure to tip your server. (That was a Foodie Joke) The eggs and the shrimp were a tad over. Cheesy, Tasty, Comforting. Overall this is a good dish. A definite reorder.   8    OH! I almost forgot the orange slice! Should we say it together? Sure we should. “1965 called they want their garnish back.”

NEXT

N’awlins benny

Andouille sausage, green peppers, onions and two poached eggs on our southwest potato pancakes. drizzled with cajun hollandaise and served with fresh fruit. (no breakfast potatoes)

Sweet Berry Cafe Elgin N'awlins Benedict
Sweet Berry Cafe South Elgin
N’awlins Benedict
Sweet Berry Cafe Elgin N'awlins Benedict
Sweet Berry Cafe South Elgin
N’awlins Benedict
Sweet Berry Cafe Elgin N'awlins Benedict
Sweet Berry Cafe South Elgin
N’awlins Benedict

Potato Pancakes- Spicy Tasty a bit soggy. Needs a drop in the fryolator. Hollandaise is eggy and a tad sweet. The eggs were cooked near perfect. Sausage is good. Onions and green bells. You know how I feel about green peppers. I suppose that they are ok in this application. Overall This is a pretty decent dish.   7  would be an  8  if the cakes were crispy.

And Finally

Red velvet french toast

slices of red velvet cake rolled with cream cheese and dipped in our house batter. topped with fresh strawberries and drizzled with créme anglaise

Note: No link to Alton Brown’s French Toast Video. This particular version of “French Toast” is really more like desert. It’s definitely not french toast. The Red velvet Cake / Bread that they used for this with the built in cream cheese is delicious.  This was a good meal ender.   8   

Sweet Berry Cafe Red Velvet French Toast
Sweet Berry Cafe South Elgin
Red Velvet French Toast
Sweet Berry Cafe Red Velvet French Toast
Sweet Berry Cafe South Elgin
Red Velvet French Toast

 

OK Gators. That wraps it up for Sweet Berry. If you’re out South Elgin way, stop in.

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

Breakfastgator Logo Line R

 

Sweet Berry Cafe South Elgin Illinois

Sweet Berry Cafe WEBSITE

Good Morning Breakfast Fans!

It’s about 6:25 and I’m waiting for the opening bell. I grab camera 1, my bag, and head out.

Sweet Berry Cafe Exterior
Sweet Berry Cafe
Exterior
Sweet Berry Cafe South Elgin Exterior
Sweet Berry Cafe South Elgin
Exterior

I saw them unlock the door so I headed in.

Sweet Berry Cafe Waiting Area
Sweet Berry Cafe
Waiting Area
Sweet Berry Cafe Interior
Sweet Berry Cafe
Interior Note the Large Fruit Photo
Sweet Berry Cafe Interior
Sweet Berry Cafe
Interior with more Fruit Photos
Sweet Berry Cafe Interior
Sweet Berry Cafe
Interior

I wandered in. The Hostess was busy doing something and told me to sit anywhere. I sat in a booth by the window of course. The table was really high. Chest high to be exact. My Very Friendly Server Jonathan came over. Coffee? YES! Yes there is Splenda. He came right back with Coffee and a Carafe.  Coffee  7.  Carafe  10. They tout that they have Kona Coffee. Little do they know that they are dealing with Geno Beano. Kona Coffee is a Varietal Coffee from the Kona region of Hawaii and it’s WAY too expensive to serve in a restaurant as their regular Coffee. what they are serving is a Kona blend. Kona Coffee is actually pretty bland anyway. It has a great aroma but it has very little body. It really is not a great Coffee to serve for breakfast. I personally would much rather see a blend that leans more on the Sumatra or Kenya side. End of Coffee Rant…

Decor is Plain. Fairly Modern. Pictures of Fruit and Vegetables.  7.  NO Carpet 10.  Music is upbeat Coffeehouse music. Train, Dave Matthews etc.  8.

After some discussion with Jonathan I’m ready for round one. In spite of the fact that I have a carafe of Coffee on the table Jonathan kept my Coffee mug full. NICE!

Pork Belly Skillet.

Beer Roasted Pork Belly, Onions, Sun Dried Tomatoes, Jack Cheese, Potatoes, Balsamic Vinegar Reduction, Two Eggs

Pork Belly Skillet Aerial View Complete with Orange Slice
Pork Belly Skillet
Aerial View
Complete with Orange Slice
Sweet Berry Cafe Pork Belly Skillet Closeup
Sweet Berry Cafe
Pork Belly Skillet Closeup

Eggs are cooked well  8.  Pork Belly is Delish Good seasoning Tender Porky  8.  Potatoes are OK potatoey  7. Cheesy  I would actually be OK without the Cheese. Did I really say that?!  And lets not forget the Orange slice. WOOHOO! OK Kids do you want to say it with me? “1965 called and they want their garnish back”  Overall a Delicious Dish. a reorderable item  8.

Sweet Berry Pancakes

Sweet Berry Cafe Sweet Berry Pancakes
Sweet Berry Cafe
Sweet Berry Pancakes

Pancakes alone. Decent. quite possibly not a mix. light fluffy a touch of salt  7.  Premium Fruit Big fat Raspberries and Blueberries. Nice Strawberries.  8.  Creme Anglaise was good  7.

Entree 2 Seafood Benedict

Blue Crab and Tiger Shrimp Cakes topped with two poached eggs and drizzled with carrot chipotle hollandaise sauce.

Sweet Berry Cafe Crab Cake Benedict Aerial View Double Orange Slices!
Sweet Berry Cafe
Crab Cake Benedict
Aerial View
Double Orange Slices!
Sweet Berry Cafe Crab Cake Benedict Closeup
Sweet Berry Cafe
Crab Cake Benedict
Close Up

Eggs a near perfect  9.  Crab Cakes. Crabby but too much filler  6. Carrot Chipotle Hollandaise. Interesting. Spicy. I have to say that I haven’t had anything like it before.  8.  Fruit cup.  Fresh Pineapple Melon Grapes  7.  I wasn’t crazy about this dish but I give them props for trying something different.  I’m not going to rate it.

This was not my first visit to Sweet Berry. They are right in my Hood, on my way to work, and right next door to where I get my hair cut. It’s a good thing the place it’s decent. Sweet Berry goes into the Breakfast Gator category of good reliable consistent places.  Thanks Jonathan. Great Service  10.

OK so that’s it. I’m off to my next adventure.BreakfastGator_Color_Logo_1R