The Slow and Savory Review
First it was cupcakes. Then donuts. Then macaroons. The pastry trends can be difficult to keep up with these days. Since Brandy makes regular practice of visiting as many bakeries as possible, she likes to think she's on top of things, but there are a few items she would like to see becoming the next sought after treat. "Scones, for one," Brandy explained one day, "Scones in this country are often little more than edible paper weights. Back home, scones are tender, chewy, delicious little things that go perfectly with a cup of tea. I do wish there was more places I could get a good scone or two."
Luckily for Brandy, the delightfully named Scone City recently opened in Wicker Park, specializing in not just scones, but home made jams and artisan coffee drinks, including cold brew on tap. "A cafe that sells only scones? It's like someone read my mind!" Brandy exclaimed upon hearing the news.
Scone City, tucked away just off the corner of Ashland and Division, had a stark white interior with contrasting black accents that fit quite well with the espresso bar theme. Bar stools sat by the window up front, then small tables and chairs, and more comfy arm chairs on an elevated section at the back. The scones were proudly on display beside the counter, making the choice simultaneously easier and more difficult. So excited was Brandy to try the scones that she ended up forgoing the delicious sounding house made jams ("They even have clotted cream!" she exclaimed with glee) and ordered up six flavors to supply her with breakfast for the rest of the week.
Though not always the authentic English scone texture she so desired, the scones from Scone City were none the less pretty bloody delicious. At only about $3 a scone, their substantial size was more than enough to satisfy as a meal in itself, along with a good cup of tea or coffee, of course. Brandy was certainly interested to return to Scone City as soon as possible, not only to try out some of the other flavors on offer, but also to finally get at those house made jams to see how they might enhance some of the more simple scone varieties. "I do so hope scones are becoming the next big thing," Brandy mused, "Scones are meant to be enjoyed at leisure, not wolfed down in one, which is why people who appreciate proper scones are generally more intelligent and relaxed. And if there's anything this world can use, its smarter, calmer people inhabiting it."
The Short and Sweet Review