While your Chocolate Priestess and the Milk Chocolate Acolyte were away on a four day weekend to a convention, sadly not having anything to do with chocolate, she visited a few chocolatiers and had chocolate about once a day to try out the local fare instead of chain eateries.
On Friday, June 12, 2009, I went to Quincy's Restaurant in Naperville, Illinois, not far from the convention itself. They don't have a website but their address is 1112 E. Ogden Ave, phone number (603)369-8035, if you want to check them out. As you can see, this restaurant is one of many "pancake houses" that are around Chicago. I think that 1/10th of the restaurants we saw were "pancakes houses" and, yes, we ate at two of them.
Beyond the dinner offerings, the "Board Specials" were great in portion, taste, and price, our server said they had two chocolate desserts I could choose from as part of the "special". I chose the "Fudge Cake" which was simply served on plate with no added decorations. It was large, filling up most of the dessert plate and a dark, dark color with lighter chocolate frosting stylized flowers on the top.
The two layers of cake were a great balance, not too dry or moist, and they had a definite dark cocoa flavor that matched their color. Between them, on the top and on both sides, suggesting this was a loaf style cake, were thick layers of darker chocolate fudge that wasn't too sweet but definitely not bitter. The lighter frosting decorations were sweeter and added a nice compliment without sauces or fruit slices on the plate.
As I left, I told the manager, the owner's son, that I would be giving his cake a favorable review. He was pleased because he said they had been working on the recipe, trying to make it more fudgelike. It is indeed worthy of that name and a good deal as part of the special or by itself for $3.50. If you are in Naperville give Quincy's a try.
Sisters and Brothers, may you too take the time to slowly appreciate what the Divine and human ingenuity have offered you in chocolate.
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