Wednesday, March 7, 2018

A Breakfast Fit For A President!

 Every year I spend a week or two during the winter with my children.  We try to do something fun every day, even it's just out to breakfast or shopping.  Last year, we went to Geneva, Illinois for an evening stroll on their River Walk and downtown main street (Read "An Evening Stroll in Geneva, Illinois" HERE).  The stores were closed or closing when we were there last year, so I promised myself I would get back there the following year.  The number one item on my list was to eat breakfast at Buttermilk.


Well fast forward one year later, and I was back in Geneva...on President's Day.  We arrived at the restaurant and we couldn't believe how crowded it was on a Monday.  It was a 45 minute wait for a table.  I was shocked.  How do all these people have off of work on President's Day?  Where I'm from, no one but a bank employee would have the day off!


Well, because the wait was so long, Ashely and I decided to go check out the stores I missed the first time I was in Geneva.  And guess what?  They were all CLOSED!  I couldn't believe it!  This was the second time I've been to Geneva and couldn't go shopping.  Whoever heard of a store closed on President's Day?  Had these businesses never heard of "President's Day Sales?"  I was beginning to think I was in the land of Oz, because this certainly was not the norm in the state of Wisconsin.


Although the weather was warmer in Illinois than it was in Wisconsin, it was rainy and I didn't have a coat, so I was quite chilled walking down main street.  I was so disappointed the stores were closed.  I really wanted to get a cupcake at the cute cupcake store I spotted last year!  Oh well, it was probably better for my waist line that it was closed.


Alethea patiently waited in her carrier with daddy back at the restaurant.  She was in a good mood despite the crowd and long wait.


The restaurant's decor is just stunning!  I'd like to redecorate my house to look like this restaurant. I love the modern, fresh, farmhouse style.



This restaurant is famous for the amazing coffee drinks, pancakes, and well, everything breakfast related!  Everything looked so good, I didn't know what to order.  I wanted to taste everything!  I looked on the menu for a sampler platter, but there was none.  There were 'add-ons'..but it would have been too costly to add-on everything I wanted to taste!  I finally decided to order something I would never make for myself at home and promised to return every time I came to Illinois to try something new on the menu.


I ordered "Strawberries and Cream" crepes...and I'm so glad I did!  My, oh my were they delicious!
I made the right decision.  I could never make these crepes at home!


My coffee drink was so good I forgot to take a picture before I had a sip.  It felt so nice to have a hot beverage after a brisk, cold walk in the rain.  This is the "Toasted Almond Latte".


Ashley and Jason both ordered omelettes with a side order of crispy potatoes and gluten-free pancakes.  They let me taste their omelettes and potatoes and they were so, so good!  They also said the gluten-free pancakes were so good they worried they weren't gluten-free!  haha!


Look at all this food!  It was definitely a breakfast fit for a president!

I think next time, I will order an omelette too!  Then I can do the $2.50 add on and try these pancakes!


Well the restaurant was crowded, the weather sucked, the stores were closed, but the food and company was wonderful!  Not much to complain about after all!  I got the most important thing that day:  good food and time with my loved ones.  And, now I have another excuse to go back to Geneva!  haha!


Have a Great Day!  Amy

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34 comments:

  1. What a quaint little town, perfect for a day trip. Those breakfasts look huge, obviously worth the 45 minute wait. Its so nice to build family outing memories like this

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    1. Thanks Leanna! It will be interesting to see when I go back on a non-holiday how crowded it is.

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  2. What a deliciously naughty breakfast! Hugs, x.

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    1. oh yes, naughty it was! Needless to say, I didn't eat lunch that day!

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  3. Going out for breakfast is my favorite thing!

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    1. That's awesome. We don't usually go out to breakfast unless we're traveling. Maybe that needs to change.

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  4. Your daughter and grandbaby are both beautiful! I'm with you Amy, I love the farm house look of the restaurant and the food pics, wow! I would love to have breakfast there right now.

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    1. Thanks so much! I'm grateful to have such beauties in my life. Beautiful in heart and soul too!

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  5. That looks like a great place to visit! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. The food looks delicious! You have to try making crepes, they are actually really easy to make and you can use any topping/fillings you like. Believe it or not, I love to eat mine rolled up with just a little bit of sugar inside :) We ate them often growing up, in germany they are simply called "Pfannkuchen" which translates to "pancake" (but of course they are not thick like the american pancakes).

    Here in my parts of IL most schools were closed on Presidents Day so I can imagine there might have been a lot of college students at the restaurant and that's why it was so busy. Sorry you missed out on shopping once again, I'm sure one of these days you'll manage to go back. But it looks like you had a good time anyway! Beautiful photo of you three!

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    1. Thanks Elli! Maybe I do need to give crepes a try at home. I like this "lighter pancake" version. I don't think the schools close here in Wisconsin on President's Day. At least, I don't remember it when my kids were in school.

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  7. That breakfast looks amazing!! Yum!!

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  8. I've heard of Geneva -- we live in Indiana. The restaurant certainly looks like a great place to dine.

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    1. Yes, it was a real treat to go here. I'd like to try it on a day when it is a little less crowded.

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  9. I love breakfast/brunch. OMG this food looks amazing. I would have ordered the Strawberries & Cream Crepes too. We don't have one of these s near us..darn.

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    1. Thanks Pamela! It was amazing! I wish we had this restaurant where I live!

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  10. I am not a breakfast person unless I am traveling. If I am out of town I love to find a great breakfast place. When we were in NY at Christmas we ate every morning at a place in Queens that had the best pancakes I think I have ever had. Of course now I can't remember the name. lol

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    1. I like to find nice places to have breakfast when traveling too!

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  11. Oh my I am so HUNGRY now after seeing all that! YUM! And I am so like you in that I want a bite of everything. I refuse to order the same dish that my husband orders so that I can try at least two things when we go out to eat. SAMPLER PLATTERS NEEDED!
    :) gwingal

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    1. haha! Glad you agree with me! Why can't there be a sampler platter for the customer who wants to try everything!

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  12. Good food and the company of loved ones is a great combination. Looks like you had a fabulous brekkie!

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    1. Yes, it was fabulous! Thanks for visiting!

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  13. It's nice to see that the food made up for the disappointing start to the day. It's a killer when you go for a lovely day of shopping, only to find everything shut. Glad you enjoyed time with the family and that lovely grandbaby too. Thanks for linking up with us at #MLSTL and I've shared this on my SM xx

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    1. Yes, the food certainly was delicious and worth it!

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  14. Aww that last family photo is so cute! What a shame the shops were closed, but great that you finally got to try (and enjoyed!) the restaurant. The crepes look delicious :)

    Hope you are having a good week so far :) I've lost my voice so not the best week for me, haha! I'm trying to rest up.

    Away From The Blue Blog

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    1. Thanks Mica, the crepes were so good! Heal up and get your voice back!

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  15. Breakfast is one of my favorites meals ANYTIME of the day! lol! I would have ordered those crepes, too! YUM! I can't believe the stores were closed, I hope next time you go they'll be open! lol!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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    1. Thanks Carrie! It is hysterical that every time I try to experience Geneva everything is closed! haha!

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  16. What a lovely restaurant. I loved their decorated style as well. Clean and fresh. And the food looked amazing. That was a lot of food. :) Be sure to let us know if the stores were worth the wait when you go back next time. :) Your family photos are precious.

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    1. thanks Clearissa! Yes, it was a lot of food, and we ate every last bite! Needless to say, we skipped lunch!

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  17. Cute little town and a yummy breakfast, also grandbaby time! Perfect! Shared on Fb, G+, Pn, and Tw ♥

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    1. Thanks Dee! It is a cute town! Now I just need to get there when everything is actually open! haha!

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