The best way to deal with a cold, rainy, dreary day in Chicago is by seeking out some Midwestern comfort food to soothe your soul and keep your attitude sunny, even if the sky is not! I was up early this morning and I decided to treat myself to a solo breakfast at one of the very best spots in town, Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits.
I threw on my rain gear and I hopped the CTA Blue Line up to the Logan Square neighborhood for a little TLC. Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits is located at 2051 N. California Avenue, just 3 blocks south of the California ‘L’ stop.
Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits is a tiny restaurant, bakery and cafe which offers the most delectable sweet pies, breakfast biscuits, savory pot pies, soup and the best coffee I have had in Chicago to date. This place is seriously cute!
SPECIAL NOTE: Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits will be closed from December 23rd – January 2nd for the holiday season, so make sure to head over there today for cafe dining or to order some holiday pies!
Although I have been craving chicken pot pie for a few weeks now, I decided to stick with a breakfast option, namely the Bacon Biscuit sandwich. Everything about this biscuit was perfect. The biscuit was flavorful and soft but it did not fall apart too much as to offend the other main attractions it supported. What were those ingredients? Well, there was the thick-cut, crispy, candied bacon which was topped with sweet and smoky collard greens, a perfect sunny egg and hot sauce. So delicious!
I was also lucky enough to sample a small portion of Bang Bang’s grits. I love grits. And these were creamy with really nice texture and just enough salt and spice for my taste. Bang Bang offers up a grits du jour on its menu. So, I will have to try a full order of whatever that special is during one of my next visits there. Here’s a teaser…
Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits uses locally sourced ingredients from neighboring farms and butchers, so all off their menu items are very fresh. Their fruit pies change with the seasons.
Bang Bang’s coffee is a custom blend from Gaslight Coffee Roasters which is located a couple of blocks away. This coffee is phenomenal. I need to elaborate.
First of all, this coffee is a beautiful blend which is not at all bitter or acidic. The coffee is piping hot and customers have the added pleasure of being handed a very hot mug to insure that the coffee stays hot from the very first sip to the very last one! Bravo!! I cannot tell you how happy this coffee experience makes me. I firmly believe that if an establishment which has its focus on breakfast and pastries but cannot serve up a great tasting, burn-my-tongue, give-me-a-steam-facial cup of coffee, it should promptly close its doors. A person should be properly caffeinated! Luckily, the good folks at Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits agree with me 🙂
Although, I did not indulge in a sweet pie today, please enjoy this photo I snapped of the holiday chocolate-chestnut pie at Bang Bang before it was delivered to some lucky customer’s table 😉
As I mentioned earlier, the space at Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits is teeny-tiny but just the sort of cozy place you want to stop by to enjoy some pie and more!
Although the space at Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits is tiny, there is an outside garden with picnic tables where you can enjoy your pies and more during the nice weather.
One last note. Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits does NOT serve alcohol but they are a BYOB. Nice!
For more information about Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits, visit www.bangbangpie.com
In keeping with the spirit of Feeding Off The Rails, I encourage you to leave your car at home and take the CTA Blue line to Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits in Logan Square. Save gas money. Avoid traffic and parking. Don’t drink and drive!