Thursday, October 31, 2013

Stax Cafe

Location: 1401 W Taylor
Cost: About $15 per person

My friend Amanda moved out to Arlington Heights last year because she was fed up with her commute. Not that I'm the best at staying in touch with people, but since then, our communication has obviously worsened. She was the bigger man the other weekend and decided to drive downtown to hang out. We went for a run along lake shore since it was nice out (and so I could make her feel bad about leaving all of her cool city dwelling friends). After that we went out for some brunch. I wanted to go to Nightwood really badly, and since Amanda had a car, I made her schlep me down there. Of course, we went on a Saturday when they only have brunch on Sunday's. I really made quite an eel out of myself (points to those that catch the reference). So we scrambled around for awhile and tried to go to Sweet Maple Cafe, but their line was out the door. Around the corner from there was a breakfast place that seemed reasonably busy, and that's how we ended up at Stax Cafe.

There's nothing special to the setup at Stax Cafe. It's basically one large room with a lofted kitchen. Impressively, the wait never seemed to build to more than 20 minutes. We sat right by the kitchen, allowing us to see what everyone down below was eating. The cost is reasonable with most entrees right around $10 or less. The portions were large, which is great and all, but it's not like you can take anything with eggs home and expect good leftovers.

The Food
Amanda ordered the Spiro Omelet (spinach and feta) and switched out the toast with some Oatmeal Pancakes. The dish came with house potatoes mixed in with peppers and onions. The omelet was cooked appropriately, but there was way too much spinach. The pancakes had a subtle sweetness and good texture. I went with the Chicken Chilaquiles. The tortillas were heavily coated in a salsa verde that was way too oily and a little hard on the acid. My eggs were runny but possibly a bit underdone. 

 The Spiro

 The Oatmeal Pancakes

The Green Chile Chilaquiles

After our roundabout adventure trying to find a brunch spot, Stax Cafe served an excellent and convenient purpose. That aside, Amanda was equivocal with her breakfast, and I took some issues with my dish. I'm giving them 1.5 out of 5 Pearls.

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  1. Such a shame that the food wasn't up to par, I've been here before and it was ok

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