I love my Eagle so much. (He’s the boyfriend remember) Well, he took us to Chicago simply to dine at varied restaurants for my blog…ok fine and to also visit family. We literally visited a new spot each day for every meal of the day <sigh of gratitude> HE’S AMAZING! (picture me smiling, doing turning paddle turns while tossing confetti)
First up was Batter & Berries. This (B.O.) spot was and is a “must visit”. Known for their french toast, I decided to order the ‘Flight of French Toast’ which is their sample platter offering four-five varied flavors such as (in photo order) Taffy Apple, Lemon Curd, Caramel Pecan, Strawberry and Blueberry.
The french toast is served with maple butter and is so moist, warm and soft that you DO NOT need syrup. It’s almost a sin to even ask! And of course I include a side of bacon to offer that sweet and savory experience. Dusted with a little powdered sugar, I was ready to dive in. It was goooooooood!
Now, lets get to which flavors I would not repeat again. The Apple and Lemon didn’t win me over as much. Unlike the rest of the world, I’m not a fan of green apples, too sour – giving Mr Yuck Face 😦 and I hate nuts on my food. As far as the Lemon Curd, I don’t know what kind of lemon they used, but DAG that was tart I think I almost spit it out. However, I LOVED the flavors of Pecan and the Berries – SOOO giving Mrs YUM Face 🙂
Now The Eagle ordered the ‘Crab Omelet‘ and for someone like myself who is VERY picky I actually liked it. It’s not on their main menu for it was a specialty item for the week. We thought we were pushing it for we just had seafood the night before at Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab, but man it was a good choice.
Now be ready to wait a little, but we got lucky and the guy pulled us back in to seat us. Clearly long lines mean good food. Also, it’s a small spot so be open to possibly adjusting your chair everyone once in a while if seated in the center sections. I’d go for the back wall booths. Street parking. My food only cost $11.00 and the CS was amazing. Our waiter (tall, thin guy with locks) was super cool and extremely helpful.
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Now, up next was a cute spot called Southport Grocery and Cafe. Nabachwa told me about this one. We literally went to all the spots with the best rating, requested by Food Network -like shows or serious word of mouth.
More street parking and lovely brick buildings! Once you walk inside you’re offered a combination of cafe to the right meets grocery store with small bakery to the left. Pretty Cool!
A table was available once we walked in. There was no need to view the menu, cause if you’re keeping up with me you know I study them the night before. So I decide to browse around and take pictures trying not to interrupt anyone.
I’ll be honest I was getting so stuffed throughout the trip that I actually skipped on ordering a pastry. Horrible, I know, I know, so not me, but I knew I needed to make room for the pancakes I was about to order.
LIKE, OMG this packaging below was toooooooo cute. I had to take a picture of it. It’s the jar with the topping dripping over. I’m a sucker for this crap 🙂 This was located in the center, silver rack of the store (scroll back up to main picture)
For $13.00 Marvin ordered the Brisket & Gravy. House-smoked brisket gravy on a house-made buttermilk biscuit topped with two sunny side up organic cage-free eggs. He said it was only ok.
SO I went with (DRUM MUSIC) Bread Pudding Pancakes!!! Why? OMG – DUH – LIKE Everyone knows I love bread pudding and Everyone knows I love breakfast sweet stuff <sigh> seriously some things do not need explanation. Also, If I were to return, I would order the Cupcake Pancakes.
The pancakes will cost you $11.00 of which im ok with because it’s not that expensive and it’s a specialty item. Things like $14 for a basic griddle item I hate. However the bill was a bit higher because of yet another side order of bacon for the tongue experience. Guys I know this looks like a plate of crap, but it was good. AND that butter, I need to start making flavored butter at home. It was cinnamon-sugar flavored FYI. The little yellow cup was a vanilla anglaise, a dipping sauce. My only concern was that I couldn’t eat all of it. Maybe I had way too many starches in my belly, but I had to package it up and take with me. I must admit I did begin to feel a little sick. Due to it being bread pudding or bread pudding-like my belly felt like the pancake wasn’t done. Now I’m very familiar with bread pudding for I make all the time and I know what a cooked and undercooked pancake is like and I just wasn’t sure what I was feeling. So, I decided to allow it cool and settle some. Later I went back in and I think my stomach appreciated that choice. Would I eat this again? Sure, but with a cup of hot peppermint tea to ease my tummy and with great friends to hold long conversations allowing time to pass to cool off my pancakes. Which is a lot of work, but now I know and knowing is half the battle (fill in the blank)!
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