Sunday, February 20, 2011

Dessert for Breakfast @ Bongo Room

A few months ago, before the weather turned ugly in Chicago and while this Texan was still able to endure the outside, I met up with law school lovelies Julie and Jordan for brunch. Julie suggested Bongo Room, and thank goodness she did!

I would describe the decor as office-cafeteria-chic. Ha.

But there's no time to focus on the decor when there are decadent pancake options on the menu for you to study. We decided to split one pumpkin spice pancake with browned butter & dark brown sugar cream mousse topped with sweet glazed toasted pecans. Not sure that description could be any more enticing.

It was all very delicious. The pancake was of the denser variety and had a nice pumpkin flavor, and when eaten with the mousse/butter thing on top... wowza.

For our entrees, Julie and Jordan went the adult route and each got the croissant sandwich: grilled croissant with melted muenster & bacon, with one egg any style and hash browns.

I tried the sandwich, and it almost made me sad I didn't order it. The croissant was warm and crisp, the egg was fluffy, and omg muenster! Genius. I wasn't a huge fan of the hash browns, but that's because there's a good bit of dill in them, and I just can't get behind dill, no matter how hard I try.

I, like a small child, ordered more sweets for an entree: one white chocolate & caramel covered pretzel crusted pancake. Swoon.

Now I haven't been to Han's beloved Clinton St yet, but man oh man, this pretzel pancake is my number one pancake of life right now. I think about it during the day, and I dream about it at night. The gooey-sugary mess on top was absolutely perfect with the slightly salty pretzel crusted pancake. Excuse me if I drool while I type...

One of the things I love about Bongo Room is that they let you order however many pancakes you want. None of that 'only comes in a stack' business. Next time I'll just go and order one of each of all their glorious pancakes!

Bongo Room
(multiple locations)
1152 S. Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 291-0100
Bongo Room on Urbanspoon


  1. I love the cafeteria-chic comment, but I love the pretzel pancake even more - it looks so gorgeous--I can only imagine how it tastes!

  2. Pretzel pancake!? That really is genius. I, too, love Clinton St. Baking Company pancakes, but these look and sound wonderful as well.