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Everything about Wildberry Cafe is big – the menu, the portions, the flavors, and quite unfortunately, the queue for a table. Arrive early like we did!

This place was very convenient for us—our hotel was in downtown Chicago, just a couple of blocks away from Millennium Park—so we had breakfast here for two consecutive mornings.

As you walk in, you are welcomed with a strong smell of coffee, caramel and vanilla. It’s like a warm hug in a cold weather.

Breakfast – Day 1

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Signature Berry Bliss

$11.50

Vanilla Anglaise, Blackberry Coulis, Berry Mascarpone, and Fresh Berries.

The serving is huge, and we had absolutely no idea! Two people can share this. Masood and I absolutely loved the soft pancakes sweetened by the sauces drizzled on them, and it had just the right amount of berries to give the tartness to cut through the sweetness. One of the best pancakes we have ever had!

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Sizzlin’ Skillets – The Garden

$11.00

Hash Browns, Cheddar and Jack Cheese, 2 Eggs, Mushrooms, Asparagus, Spinach, Onions, Tomatoes, and Broccoli

Again, being that it was our first time in Widlberry Cafe, we had no idea that their portions are gigantic! This dish, accompanied by two slices of toast, can easily satisfy two hungry adults.  I thoroughly enjoyed The Garden, specially since it contained all my favorite ingredients. Also, I remained full and did not eat until dinner later that day.

Breakfast – Day 2

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Brioche French Toast 

$9.00

Recalling the previous morning’s heavy breakfast, Masood decided to order something lighter. Just having the slices of banana on top was a good choice and did not mask the taste of the bread.

Did you know that French Toast dates all the way back to 4th century Rome, long before France even existed as a country? The name for French Toast in France is “pain perdu”, which literally means “lost bread”.

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Classic Eggs Benedict

$11.00

Poached Eggs, Avocado Slices, Toasted English Muffin, Homemade Hollandaise and   Hash Browns

The original Classic Eggs Benedict is served with ham. When I requested the sweet lady serving our table to omit the ham, she suggested adding avocado slices instead. And I’m so glad she did! I absolutely loved this. Bonus points: crisp hash browns!

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Hot Chocolate $4.00

No cream because, well, it was freezing in Chicago and we drank hot chocolate like a dehydrated person drank cold water in the Sahara desert. When one drinks an enormous amount of hot chocolate, one is wiser to forego the cream.

Speaking of cold water, I noticed that no matter how low the temperature was outside and no matter how bundled up a person was because of the cold, restaurants always serve water in a glass filled with ice cubes!

I highly recommend Widlberry Pancakes and Cafe!

Widberry Pancakes and Cafe
130 E. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 312-938-9777
Open Daily: 6:30 am—2:30 pm

No Reservations accepted.

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First, kindly take a moment to admire how pretty this building is!

Word of Thomas Sweet’s delicious “blend-ins” spread quickly around town the moment they opened their doors on Nassau Street in Princeton in 1979.

What’s a blend-in? This is when you take the ice cream flavor of your choice and blend in cookies, candies, nuts, fruit or other choices they have available in the shop.

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On a late weekend afternoon a few weeks ago, my family and I all drove to Princeton University campus to admire its gorgeous architecture and also to see where Princeton’s most famous resident, Albert Einstein, lived.

My brother-in-law, who was also our guide, took us to Thomas Sweet for some ice cream. Might I also add that there is another ice cream shop that is equally popular, and it’s called The Bent Spoon. Some swear on their lives that this place serves the world’s best ice cream, so I might try this next time. Anyway, those who know me well know that I don’t care much for ice cream, but hey, this is one of those places where smart Princeton students hang out, so why not. They call this place the T-Sweet.

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We had the coffee flavor with chocolate bits in it. I must admit, the ice cream did taste good! Had I been an ice cream fan, I would have experimented with their crazy blend-in combinations. They have Coffee Ice Cream with Heath Bar, Coffee Ice Cream with Oreo and Nutella, Banana Cream Pie Ice Cream with Graham Crackers, Chocolate Marshmallow Oreo, Pumpkin Ice Cream with Heath bar, Cookies and Cream with Butterfingers, and the list goes on!

One one side of the wall stands a funhouse mirror salvaged from Palisades Amusement Park. Next to it is a picture of Einstein enjoying an ice cream cone.

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Thomas Sweet
183 Nassau St, Princeton, NJ 08542
Monday-Thursday, Sunday 11:00 am – 11:00 pm,
Friday-Saturday 11:00 am – 12:00 am

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Located just 2 blocks from the iconic Fisherman’s Wharf Sign, you can find Hollywood Cafe on Taylor Street. Masood and I stayed at Holiday Inn Hotel (the one that faces the Wharf – very good hotel).

We visited the restaurant based on the good reviews online. All the reviewers suggest visiting early in the morning to avoid the queue. We were there at 9 am and didn’t have to wait long to get seated.

Dolce French Toast

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Masood’s order. He would mostly order either French toast or pancakes for breakfast whenever we visit the US, and this French toast certainly did not disappoint!

Masood loved how his French toast came loaded with fresh fruits.

They also have other variations of French toast, such as Classic, Orangish, and Vanilla-Banana.

Salmon-Shrimp Eggs Benedict

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On the other hand, I prefer eggs for breakfast. I wanted to try something that I didn’t normally make or order back home so salmon-shrimp eggs Benedict it is for me!

I absolutely loved everything about this. The eggs were poached well (the velvety yolks nice and runny), the sauce on top was rich and creamy, the smoked salmon not too salty, the bread fresh and easy to cut through with the knife. And I loved how everything sat on top a bed of crisp hash browns!

I can still taste the flavors as I look at that picture now! Fortunately for me, Masood doesn’t care much for seafood, which meant that I didn’t have to share my breakfast with him.

We ordered hot chocolate too, which was okay. I mean, we’ve tried hot chocolate from various places and they almost taste the same.

We finished breakfast in an hour and walked out to see this queue outside the restaurant:

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Hollywood Cafe is a small place and does not accept reservations because of the limited number of chairs and tables. Every inch of the small space is used! There are posters of Hollywood celebrities on the walls.

Service is quick and efficient. The lady in charge of our table was friendly and returned to ask us if the food was to our liking or if we needed anything else.

I don’t remember the prices but I think both our orders plus the hot chocolate came up to $35.

For those visiting the Fisherman’s Wharf area, I would definitely recommend having breakfast or lunch here.

Hollywood Cafe

Open Everyday 7:00 AM – 1:45 PM

530 North Point St, San Francisco,
CA 94133, USA
(Taylor St and North Point St)

415-563-3779

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