The Baked Apple Breakfast Co.
WHERE: 1224 Ogden Ave., Downers Grove
HOURS: 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Sunday
DRESS CODE: Casual
INFO: www.baked-apple.com, 630-515-9000
Does anyone not like breakfast? The popularity of diners would suggest that not only does everyone love breakfast, but patrons will eat it just about anytime – morning or night.
The thought holds true at The Baked Apple Breakfast Co. in Downers Grove, where breakfast is definitely the specialty, and you can get your favorites right up until close at 3 p.m. The eatery's menu is playful and inventive with options such as the Company omelette – apples, cheddar cheese and a dollop of sour cream – and Red Velvet pancakes with a sweet cream cheese spread.
Diners also are treated to plenty of lunch options. Available any time, the luncheon menu includes a well-rounded range of sandwiches, salads, wraps and burgers.
On a recent Saturday trip, a friend and I decided to tackle both. I ordered the Wild Turkey – a panini-style sandwich of thick-cut roast turkey, bacon and cheddar. The side options give you a choice between fries and pasta salad. It also comes with a pickle, as all sandwiches should. The turkey was moist and laid on deep, and the bacon retained a good crispiness, even under the pressed panini pressure.
I'm glad I decided to go with the side of fries, because they absolutely stand out at Baked Apple. Long, thin and golden with a crispy crunch, these fried taters come in a bountiful bunch and really hit the spot.
My dining companion was in the breakfast mood and ordered the Uncle Jesse omelette – spinach, tomato and feta cheese. He was really feeling the hash browns, which, like the fries, were wonderfully crisp, with just the right amount of soft potato inside. His omelette was bright yellow with colorful glints of spinach and nicely filled. It was a substantial serving, and to Baked Apple's credit, he nearly finished it all.
Neither of us was in the mood for sweets on our recent visit, which was too bad. The menu has a lot of options for those who like waffles, pancakes and French toast. A few I considered for another visit are the Holly Berry French toast smothered in strawberries, blueberries and raspberries; the Company French toast, stuffed with cream cheese and covered in sauteed apples; and the Jane Goodall, consisting of your basic banana pancakes with walnuts.
For traditionalists, there's also a tasty looking eggs Benedict, which I spotted as it was delivered to a nearby table.
Overall, we had a great time hanging out at The Baked Apple Breakfast Co. The price was good, and our coffee was strong and regularly topped off.
Breakfast is the day's most versatile meal, and Baked Apple proves it's just as good, whenever you're in the mood.
The Mystery Diner is a newsroom employee at Suburban Life Media. The diner's identity is not revealed to the restaurant staff before or during the meal. Only positive dining experiences will result in published reviews.
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