Monday, December 23, 2013

Kingsbury Street Cafe

Location: 1523 N Kingsbury
Cost: About $15 per person

The other week my friends Julie and Jeff wanted to grab some brunch. Jeff was walking out of one of his favorite spots, VIP's, when he saw that a new brunch restaurant opened up right next door, Kingsbury Street Cafe. So, like good Chicagoans, we bundled up a bit earlier on Saturday morning than we would've liked to grab some food. Also, Jenny was there.

Kingsbury Street Cafe is a little bit South of North Avenue, right across from the Whole Foods. They have a pleasant looking front patio, but it was covered in snow the day we went. Interestingly, they take reservations for brunch (relatively unheard of elsewhere). We didn't have the foresight to make one though and ended up with a good 40 minute wait. My buddy Ricky says that if you don't have to wait at least an hour then you're probably not at the right place (but he's a schmuck). Once seated, our service was efficient and friendly. The cost is what you'd expect with most brunch dishes running around $11.

The Food
I should mention that they do quite a bit with their coffee service. I went with the Vietnamese drip coffee that came with sweetened condensed milk. It wasn't bad, but I'm relatively caffeine sensitive and was way too amped up after. For the main dishes, Jenny got a Parfait and a Chocolate Chip Muffin, Jeff and Julie both got the Kingsbury Cafe Breakfast, and I got the Salmon Hash with Poached Eggs. The standard breakfast was well performed with fluffy eggs, well seasoned potatoes, crispy bacon, roasted tomatoes, and a homemade cheddar scone. The scone was flaky with a warm center. The chocolate chip muffin was probably the best item on the table. It was light with plenty of melted chips throughout. The parfait was standard with fresh berries. My hash had plenty of salmon and leeks, and the egg was appropriately poached. The base of tater tots got a bit too soggy, but otherwise it was a great dish.

 The Chocolate Chip Muffin

The Cheddar Scone

 The Kingsbury Cafe Breakfast

 The Parfait

The Salmon Hash

Kingsbury Street Cafe served up one of the best brunches I've had in a while. The baked goods were exceptional while the rest of the menu was creative and well executed. I wish we'd made a reservation and plan to go back soon. I'm giving them 4.5 out of 5 Pearls.

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