Kanela Breakfast Club
5413 N Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60640
“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!
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!