Kelly the Culinarian: Restaurant Review: The Bourgeois Pig Cafe

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Restaurant Review: The Bourgeois Pig Cafe

What a busy day!  I got up early this morning and headed downtown to meet up with Fort2Base Race Director Caylei at the Chicago 10K. We had a great time, but I wish I would have ran this inaugural race. The medals and shirts looked awesome.

After I helped Caylei pack up and got more goods for the ambassadors from our sponsors, I headed over to Mandy's new apartment. We decided to go out and grab a quick bite, and I was eager to try a place I've had my eye on for years. Every time we go to the Lincoln Park Zoo, I see the Bourgeois Pig Cafe and wonder what it's all about. It's always busy and is in an adorable converted house.

Mandy started with a mocha coffee and I ordered a giant iced coffee. The barista told me the coffee is cold brewed for 24 hours and the recipe was something he had been working on since he started. He said it improved vastly under his careful watch. While I didn't try the previous version, this was pretty tasty.  I believe I detected a hint of cinnamon in this particular brew.

Mandy got a Belgium waffle, since I woke her up when I showed up at her apartment.  I was ready for lunch, however, after a busy morning, and went with the salad and soup combo.  I got the house salad and the East of Eden sandwich, which features vegan basil hummus, black olives, avocado, tomatoes, cheese, sprouts and spinach on sundried tomato bread.

The portions were huge on my meal and I was stuffed by the time we left.  I loved the balsamic salad dressing, which was the perfect accompaniment to my super crisp and fresh salad.

My only complaint was that the bread was so soft that my sandwich fell apart on me.  The hummus was totally awesome and the avocado pulled the sandwich together.

Another successful and filling vegetarian meal!


Pete B said...

That waffle looks good. At first I thought the waffle was sitting directly on the table. Could get messy with the syrup falling through the grates!

Erin said...

Mmm, good choice! Jason and I have stopped by there for lunch before. Very tasty!