Back in the Chicago burbs to see a client, usually disagreeable in January (the weather, not the client), but it’s 45 today. I wanted breakfast and headed for one of my usual haunts, the Palatine Inn, but drove by Red Apple Pancakes and decided to give that a whirl. Glad I did.
Deceptively small from the outside, the parking lot was full to overflowing, but there were still tables available. Paulo showed me to one and brought coffee. The breakfast menu is extensive and there is a separate sheet of specials. The restaurant also serves lunch and closes up shop for the day at 3 PM.
There are quite a few people in my universe who would insist you “can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” but to prove them wrong, I DID NOT order chicken fried steak and eggs (which I have written a lot about), I ordered chicken fried chicken and eggs, so there, pffffffft!
Everything on the plate was done perfectly, and despite the crowd, I noticed food was coming out of the kitchen quickly. The ‘steak’ was crispy, the gravy creamy, the taters extra crispy as I ordered, as were the eggs, and the rye toast done perfectly. Add to the plus column a bowl of butter on the table, quite a Chicago area thing it seems, and I am so happy it is!
There is another Red Apple Pancakes a couple of suburbs over, in Carol Stream, IL, no idea if there is a connection or not.