[Chicago] Wildberry Pancakes and Cafe
One of the most well-known landmark of Chicago, is Cloud Gate, aka, “the Bean” in Millennium Park. On any given day in the summer, eager toursits (like myself and Charles) and avid photographers crowd the Bean, making snapping photos a challenging task. Our hotel was really close to Millennium Park, which allowed us to pop in one early morning before everyone showed up.
We were so hot and hungry after our early visit to Cloud Gate. Luckily, Wildberry Pancakes and Cafe was just steps away from Millennium Park and was already packed with diners by the time we arrived.
We opted for some iced coffee instead of our usual hot coffee. Wildberry serves Intelligentsia Coffee, and it tasted real smooth and mellow. It was a refreshing way to cool down.
The menu offered quite a selection of breakfast choices and everything looked so amazing! It took me a while to decide, but I finally went for the Napa Valley Fig omelette. The omelettes at Wildberry come with hash browns and your choice of toast or buttermilk pancakes.
My Napa Valley Fig omelette was delicious. The smokey, savoury, and crispy bacon went so well with the sweet California figs. I was not sure of this combination initially but it worked out so well! The Havarti cheese had a nice sharpness and a tangy kick, without overpowering the rich creamy taste. The hash brown was delicious. Shredded potato had a satisfying crisp on the outside, which we both really enjoyed. The downside of the hash was the cheese… I was silly to choose “American” cheese, thinking it was something different. It turned out to be processed cheese…
Charles had the Butcher Block sizzlin skillets. The Sizzlin Skillets are loaded potatoes, choice of toppings, topped off with melted Monterey Jack & Cheddar Cheese, two eggs any style, served with your choice of toast or pancakes. The Butcher Block included ham, jumbo sausage, and applewood smoked bacon. The combination of all the meats, piping hot potatoes, and rich cheese was heavenly.
We both chose pancakes as our sides. The pancakes were very fluffy, garnished with a dusting of powdered sugar. The powdered sugar was a nice touch, but I would not say the pancakes were anything too special. I wonder if the “sides” pancakes are different from the other pancakes one can order off the menu…
Other than the slightly subpar pancakes, our breakfast experience at Wildberry was wonderful. Wildberry knows how to do breakfast and they really do it well. Ingredients were fresh and tasty. Every dish was delicious and well-executed, not to mention the generous portion size. Service was also efficient and pleasant. I highly recommend this place!