Thursday, July 21, 2011

Delightful Pastries

Location: 1710 N Wells
Cost: About $8 per person

My mom was out of town for a family get together a few weeks back, and her flight got into O'Hare pretty early in the morning. My dad went to pick her up, and since they were already half way to the city, they figured they'd join me for breakfast. Having just gotten off of a flight, my mom's biggest request was that we try and hit up the logistically simplest place around. No lines, no screaming babies, and maybe some outdoor seating were our search terms so to speak. We ended up heading into Old Town to check out Delightful Pastries.

Although it's primarily a bakery, Delightful Pastries serves up brunch. They have a small seating area inside and maybe three or four tables on the street where we chose to eat. The setup is simple. You order at the counter, take a number, and they bring the food out. It's worthwhile to note that the outdoor seating is dog friendly. My parents are always on the lookout for places to bring Minnie along with to. Plus, there's a good dog park down the road.

The food is inexpensive. The portions aren't gigantic, but there's something to be said for a place with reasonable portions for less money. A quiche and side salad was $6. The croissants and other small pastries were only a few bucks as well.

The Food
While they were prepping our meals we got a Chocolate Croissant and Cheese Danish to tide us over. The croissant was extra flaky and buttery. The Danish had just the right amount of sweetness to it. The large sugar crystals kept things texturally interesting.

The Chocolate Croissant

 The Cheese Danish

Then my dad got the Classic Flapjacks, my mom got the Veggie Breakfast Sandwich, and I got Veggie Quiche. The flapjacks were simple and dressed with marscapone, berries, and bananas. They had a nice crisp, and the berries were fresh. The veggie sandwich came on whole wheat with plenty of cheese and a side salad. My quiche was loaded with leeks. The crust could have been crispier, but the filling was well balanced between eggs, veggies, and cheese.

The Veggie Breakfast Sandwich

The Classic Flapjacks

 The Veggie Quiche

Delightful Pastries might not blow you away, but it's always nice to have a quick and simple breakfast spot nearby. I find it funny that people will wait seemingly forever to get brunch at Nookies when this place is right down the road. I'm giving them 3 out of 5 Pearls.

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