Nov 052014

Coffee & Doughnuts | Endgrain

Depending on what food calendar you go by, it’s National Doughnut Day – a day when all the good boys and girls are rewarded with fried doughy sugar conveyance of their choice. I choose to believe it’s today, and if I’m wrong? I’ll celebrate again in June. There’s no downside really.

Endgrain Doughnuts

My current favorite doughnut spot is Endgrain Restaurant (1851 West Addison). Every morning, except Saturday, they offer a gourmet doughnut and an endless cup of coffee for $5. The deal runs from 7am to 3pm or whenever they run out.

And they do run out. Endgrain won this year’s DonutFest trophy. If you can take your eyes off the doughnut case long enough, you’ll spot it on the top shelf of the bar. I’ve tasted enough of their doughnut offerings to know it’s well-earned.

Coffee & Doughnuts | Endgrain

Choices vary at Endgrain, but I seem to go for an alcohol-glazed concoction or a honey glazed doughscuit more often than not. The salted caramel is always a great option and I may be back for a pumpkin doughnut if my tolerance for seasonal celebrations holds out long enough. The biggest indulgence? A doughnut studded with bacon chunks and butterscotch that was the perfect salty-sweet balance. Plus pork.

Do yourself a favor and pop in to Endgrain today. Or any day that deserves to be celebrated with doughnuts.

Apr 232014

Tried dinner with the girls at Endgrain (1851 West Addison), and was treated to a tempting feast for the eyes and even better one for the tummy! Will need a return visit before crafting a proper review, but let me just say, the biscuits and jam? A thing of beauty. I weep for the years I’ve wasted eating inferior biscuits with sub-par jam — Endgrain, where have you been all my (breakfast-loving) life?

Speaking of breakfast, their famed doughnuts weren’t on the dinner menu because the pastries weren’t considered fresh enough to serve by that point in the day. Sad. No amount of wheedling would change our server’s mind. Guess that means I’ll need to dust myself off some morning and make the trek.

Is it bad form to eat breakfast AND dinner at the same restaurant in the same day? I’m tempted. What restaurant has tempted you?

Nov 072011

Lately, it’s been about breakfast for me — morning, noon and night. Something about the weather changing calls for massive amounts of comfort food. So when a friend suggested trying breakfast-as-dinner at the newest location of Bleeding Heart Bakery (1916 W. Chicago Ave), I couldn’t say no.

Take A Hike

Take a hike for this scone

The first thing you notice is the place is a riot of pattern and color — it screams “wake up!” long before the first cup of coffee is poured. A large mural with the “No Crying in Pastry” slogan competes with a glass-enclosed work space for attention. I was charmed by the chipper formica tabletops and the spinning pastry display in the corner. The whole place is work for the eyes, but fun.

I tried to order the spicy hot chocolate, but they were out of spice and minty didn’t sound appealing. However, the mild hot chocolate I ended up with had weak kung fu — I still regret the decision to order and drink it. My friend’s Durango with hazelnut mocha was a much more satisfying choice.

The visual riot crawled off the walls onto the menu, and it took us quite a few minutes to sift through it to order. I eventually zeroed in on the Deep Fried Doughnut Sandwich, which I got with a side of apple slaw. In theory this was a good choice — a vanilla-infused shout-out to Krispy Kreme stuffed with savory items, but I really didn’t like it. My friend’s farmer’s skillet reminded us both more of a bi bim bop than anything else. The eggs in both dishes were over-cooked.

While the sit-down breakfast was a little disappointing, the baked goods were as awesome as always. I loaded up the delicious carbs from the display case and took them home to enjoy. My new favorite discovery was the Take A Hike scone. It came loaded with flax, cranberries, and seeds, and was a satisfying breakfast all by itself. Lesson learned? Perhaps. I may try this location for breakfast again, but I’ll definitely consider a grab and go pastry from the front first.

Been to this newest Bleeding Heart? Love to hear what you think.