North Shore Boulangerie is an artisanal bakery and café specializing in French/Alsatian breads and pastries, from-scratch café menu and full service barista bar. Located in the heart of Shorewood??s North Oakland neighborhood, the bakery and café is housed in the 90-year old Schomberg building, with much of the original woods and surfaces restored. Owner and baker Gene Webb was trained at the French Pastry School and worked with Master Baker Pierre Zimmermann. The pastry menu is overseen by Le Cordon Bleu-trained Christina Schubert, who most recently directed the pastry program at the Drake Hotel in Chicago. Chef Ben Fairly, formerly at Hinterland and Honey Pie Cafe, directs the café menu.
Fried or smothered chicken and pork chops and fried catfish are the lead-ins to more than a dozen side dishes. Collard greens, mac and cheese, black-eyed peas, stewed okra, mashed potatoes. Weeknight specials like meat lasagna and seafood gumbo.
Scrambled eggs, potatoes and salami; the “super” HP adds vegetables and cheese. Corned beef hash rarely disappoints. Nor does my Jewish deli fallback – a bagel topped with lox, cream cheese and red onion.
The casual Shorewood haunt is a natural for viewing games on the flat-screen. The menu of moderately priced food is heavy on burgers and sandwiches. Thai chicken tacos, pulled pork sliders and the Mediterranean platter are attention-worthy appetizers.
Classics like spiedini, veal Siciliana and rack of lamb combine with the recent addition of pizzas baked in a wood oven shipped from Naples, Italy. The wine chosen must be Italian, and the dessert, tiramisu. Read more…