While my family was in Chicago for the Midwest Moms Media Brands & Bloggers Summit a couple weeks ago we were able to enjoy a nice lunch at Kim & Scott’s Cafe Twist. You may remember the review I did about Kim & Scott’s Gourmet Pretzels. We’ve been enjoying their pretzels ever since we opened the first box so when I learned they had a cafe in Chicago it was added to our “Must Visit” list.
The cafe is located outside of the downtown area so it’s a lot slower-paced and quieter. It seemed like a rather nice area from what we saw while we were driving through. When we arrived at the cafe we were surprised to see that there was ample parking (metered) available on both sides of the street. We were there at lunchtime on a Sunday so it could be that other times/days are busier, but I’m thinking a lot of people walk because there are several residential areas nearby.
The outside and inside of the cafe were both very clean and cute. There was a short line when we walked in but it moved pretty quickly. The manager on duty came out to greet us and told us about Scott’s latest creation, the Crave Bar. More on that later in this post ;)
While standing in line we had a chance to look around the cafe. I noticed this on the wall:
When it came time to order I had trouble! So many things on the menu sounded so good! I ended up choosing the Pepperoni Pizza Pretzel Sandwich – all-natural pepperoni & mozzarella cheese on their Pizza Stuffed Pretzel. Jake chose the Roast Beef Pretzel Sandwich Combo – all-natural Boars Head roast beef, creamy horseradish sauce & roasted red peppers on an Herb & Cream Cheese Stuffed Pretzel.
After placing our order we sat down and one of the workers brought our food out to us. I thought that was really nice and it made the whole experience a little more personal and less like a “fast food” type restaurant.
Since Jake got the combo he also had potato chips and a drink that we shared. I absolutely LOVED my sandwich, which was no surprise. After all, the Pizza Stuffed Pretzel is my favorite one! The sandwich was pretty filling since it was made with a full sized stuffed pretzel instead of just bread. Jake really liked his sandwich as well and was still talking about how full he felt a couple hours later!
After we finished our sandwiches it was time for desert! When I saw and heard about the new Crave Bar I just knew we’d have to try one! It’s made with premium vanilla ice cream coated in dark chocolate with crunch pretzel pieces. There’s also sea salt on the outside and a chocolate covered crunchy gourmet pretzel rod in place of a stick. Mmmm, it was delicious! I just wished it had been a little bit larger.
All of the food also passed the very strict Carter test. Carter enjoyed cheese from my sandwich, a potato chip or two, and several bites of chocolate from the Crave Bar :)
We definitely enjoyed everything about Kim & Scott’s Cafe Twist. I really wish there was one in our area so that we could enjoy it on a regular basis! But I’ll continue enjoying their pretzels until the next time we’re in Chicago.
Cafe Twist is located at 2218 North Lincoln Avenue. They offer catering and delivery (to select areas). The manager informed us that they are preparing to make their menu even better so stop by and pay them a visit if you’re in the area! You won’t regret it :)
Disclosure – My family’s lunch was provided for us at no cost in order to complete this review. All opinions are my own and have not been influenced by anyone.