Supper Club Saturday: Kanela Breakfast Club (Andersonville)

Kanela Breakfast Club

5413 N Clark Street

Chicago, IL 60640

773.594.2874

http://www.kanelabreakfastclub.com/

“Breakfast is the important meal of the day” is how the saying goes (though, this may be up for debate to some).  For me, I can have breakfast any time of the day and still feel satiated, especially from Kanela Breakfast Club.

They pride themselves on using fresh and local produce whenever possible, with dishes reminiscent of what Mom used to make with a twist (to ad-lib from their website).

They have dishes that are very healthy and light as well as those that are savory and have a comfort feel to them.  I had a pretty stressful week, so I was aiming for one of their more comfort food type of breakfast.

Some of their (adult) drinks that we have tried include:  Kanela Mimosa, Sofiemosa, Bloody Mary, and Cinnamon Toast Brunch.

They also offer fresh squeezed juices and blended smoothies, as well as fresh brewed coffee from La Colombe.

At first glance of the menu, I was thinking, “I could eat ALL of this!” because they all looked so good!  From what we were able to try, we were not disappointed at all!

Lemon Blueberry Pancakes

Corned Beef Hash

Pork Belly Benedict with a side of Fruit

Chicken & Waffles

California Benedict with Peppered Bacon

Kanela French Toast
A couple of times when we were there, we sat at the bar.  There was a tv above it where movies would show (that day it was “Rogue One,” with captions) and the music would play overhead.  The two bartenders that were there were very friendly and kept wanting to give me more coffee (not a bad thing!)  We discussed the movie and our thoughts on the entire Star Wars movie franchise. On the overhead, the song “Africa” from Toto was playing.  When the part of the song go to the chorus, the wait staff broke into song and harmonized (beautifully, I might add):

Its gonna take a lot to take me away from you/  There’s nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do/ I bless the rains down in Africa/ Gonna take some time to do the things we never had…

In fact some of the patrons sang/hummed along (like me…and you too! – don’t deny it), because really, how can you NOT sing along to Toto’s “Africa?”

Then, I found myself looking around, feeling almost nostalgic.

I had grown up in this neighborhood – my first job was literally kitty-corner from this place (R.I.P. The Swedish Bakery!)  Looking around at the tables at the men, women and children – a white man and a black woman, a trans couple, a family, a multi-racial group of friends (or couples double-dating?), and then at my show-toony, coffee-pushing bartenders, I felt such happiness and such pride.  Grateful and lucky to be witness to the openness and acceptance of this space and this neighborhood.  I sat, breathed in, and appreciated the moment.

I mentioned earlier about my stressful week.  Well, my time at Kanela ended that and left me with my hands full of Joe (thanks again to my legal caffeine pushers!), my belly filled with yumminess, and my heart overflowing with love.

Kanela Breakfast Club has five other locations, in addition to the one in Andersonville. Thats SIX places to choose from to enjoy their food and feel the love!

Have you been there as well?  What was your experience like?  Please leave your comments in the box below!

–Maeven

Supper Club Saturday: Bavette’s Bar & Boeuf

Bavette’s Bar & Boeuf

218 W Kinzie Street

Chicago, IL 60654

312.624.8154

http://bavetteschicago.com/

I have to admit, I do appreciate some really tender steak!  This place had some great reviews on Yelp and from some friends of ours who have been there before.  Reservations are usually booked for weeks on end, so its best to put in your request months in advance.  Usually I am pretty good at that (key word is “usually”).

This year, for my birthday, I wanted to go, but with all that was going on, I forgot to put in my reservation (oops!)  So, we made a plan: we would go there when they are just opened (around 4:30p or 5pm) and just wait at the bar until our table is ready.  I figured that, by the time they get to us (which was about an hour), we would have been hungry enough (but not too hungry) to enjoy our dinner.

When we had arrived, it was just as we had expected – it was at least an hour to an hour and a half wait for walk-ins.  This was not a problem (again, this was expected), so we stated that we would wait at the bar.

We started with a dozen fresh oysters with our drinks.  Half were from the East Coast and the other half were from the West Coast.  I remember hearing or reading once that oysters are technically the same wherever you get them, and that their flavor comes from the area (depending on water quality, minerals and environmental factors) that they were harvested in.  The bartender explained to us the areas they all had come from.  There was one set that was from the Pacific, near Hawaii, that I felt tasted the best overall.

Not too long after we had finished our oysters and drinks, our table was ready.  The tables were wooden and the plates at each setting were different (mismatched).  They all were really dainty and pretty though, and I felt that it added character.

 

Our next appetizer was Peppered Duck with Goat Cheese Terrine with Apricot Mustard and Toast.

For our main entrees, my brother and I had the Dry Aged Bone-In Ribeye (22oz, 42 day aged) with bearnese and steak salt.  I added roasted bone marrow as an enhancement.

My husband ordered the Shaved Prime Beef Sandwich with Au Jus.  

We also had sides of Candied Sweet Potato with Bourbon Glaze and Elote Style Corn.

For dessert, I had the Hot Fudge Sundae Royale (it came with a sparkler!) There were eight to ten candy toppings that you can add to the sundae (or enjoy on their own!)  My brother and husband were so full, they just had drinks.

Overall, the food was delicious!  My steak was cooked beautifully – I usually order medium rare, and places tend to go over that.  The bone marrow, I had on its on, and smeared on some of the steak, and I was in carnivore heaven!  My husband loved his sandwich – the beef was still moist and tender, even without the Au Jus. I definitely would come here again.  Next time for one of these:

Bavettes

There you have it!  Have you been here also?  Tell us what you thought in the comments below!

–Maeven