Milk & Honey Café, in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood, is not your usual lunch spot. I have found myself to be a regular in this bustling café, which serves something for everybody. Mom’s toting strollers and hipsters alike frequent this spot for a casual gourmet lunch or a hot beverage.
On a particularly cold day, I was greeted with its usually bright disposition and cozy fireplace. Their weekly soup special was a creamy cauliflower with Parmesan cheese and truffle oil. Holy soup! Being a truffle oil lover, I ordered a cup with the Portobello & goat cheese sandwich on multigrain.
The soup was fantastic. It would have been satisfying without the truffle oil, but it gave it the perfect flavor without being overpowering and the Parmesan provided some ooey gooey goodness to top it off. The portabella sandwich was a great compliment, grilled to perfection with a generous amount of goat cheese. The spinach and red peppers were fresh and delicious. The sandwich came with house-made chips and a spicy pickle. All together the meal was under $12, which is pretty good since some undersized salads can cost close to $10.
Milk & Honey also features some fabulous deli and dessert items, all cooked in-house. The Emerald Sesame Kale and Farmhouse Ricotta Torte are great take homes for lunch. The desserts look amazing, including the Carrot cake w/ coconut cream cheese frosting and Apricot Pistachio Dark Chocolate Rugelach. Seasonal deserts include the Eggnog Bread Pudding.
Next up: brunch! The Orange Brioche French Toast with Toasted Almonds and Pure Maple Syrup and a mimosa with their freshly squeezed orange juice are calling my name.