Choose Wisely: Yolks and Berries, Bradley Illinois

Yolks and Berries signWhat first drew my attention to this Bradley, Illinois, restaurant was the name: Yolks & Berries. Especially the “Berries” part. I love berries. Any restaurant with “Berries” in its name must live up to it and really serve fresh berries, right? Yolks & Berries does.

It’s amazing how often I go into a small town diner for breakfast, and there is no fresh fruit on the menu. If I don’t have fresh fruit or veggies with my meal, I feel like I’ve eaten a completely unhealthy meal, and often, I have. So I was pleasantly surprised to find Yolks & Berries. Fresh berries is their specialty. They never serve gelled fruit topping.

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I ordered the Berry ‘Ola Crepes from the extensive breakfast menu, two large crepes topped with strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and raspberries. I looked up the calorie count for crepes, and the highest count I could find for a ten-inch crepe was 228 on FatSecret. Other sources documented as little as half that amount. A full cup of berries has only about 60 calories.

CrepesI skipped the syrup; the crepes are sweet enough for me. However, I couldn’t pass up the dollops of whipped cream. After all, I needed the dish to look as pretty as possible for the photograph. I was satisfied after eating only half my meal, so I brought the rest home to finish the next morning. I felt like I cheated on my diet and indulged in a real treat for breakfast, but it really was healthy (at least the berries) and within my calorie range.

I admit I did cheat a bit. Before our meal they brought us each a small carrot muffin. I couldn’t be rude and not eat it. Can I count that as a vegetable?

Carrot muffinsIf you prefer a savory breakfast, Yolks & Berries offers plenty of healthy choices, like the Fitness Omelette, made with egg whites, broccoli, mushroom and tomatoes, served with sliced tomato, or the South Beach, half a pineapple filled with yogurt, diced pineapple, fresh strawberries, granola and walnuts.

Those not concerned with diet can order everything from stuffed French toast to stuffed biscuits smothered in sausage gravy.

My husband is a Benedict fan. He had the Irish Benny, made with corned beef hash and served with hash browns.

Irish BennyOne more fun thing about Yolks & Berries: the booth backs are shaped like toast. Apparently that wasn’t on purpose. They ordered the booths without noticing the shape and realized when they were delivered that they resemble toast.

BoothYolks & Berries, located at 505 N Kinzie Avenue, Bradley, Illinois, is open for breakfast and lunch from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. The lunch menu includes a large assortment of soups, salads, and sandwiches. Check the web site for the full menu.

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