I have been lamenting the downward spiral
that Edgebrook Diner has taken under its new ownership so I decided to head up to Wilmette for a visit to Dimitri and Christina's new venture, Mrs. D's Diner.
Mrs. D's Wilmette Diner
I hadn't visited since just after they opened and I was happy to see that the diner is thriving. As soon as I walked in, I could feel the same buzz and sense of community that is now missing from Edgebrook Diner.
This is really a very friendly, family orientated diner that is slightly larger than Edgebrook, with 5 - 6 booths and tables in addition to counter seating. It has a nice mix of local folks ranging from individual diners to families. There was even one table of 4 boys around the age of 10 - 11 who were dining alone. I could just picture these same guys 50 years from now sitting at the same table and shooting the shit on a Sunday morning over coffee and newspapers.
But what about the food, you ask? It's very good, I answer. Although Dimitri wasn't cooking on this particular day, his recipes and technique are both being followed by the dual cooks. We started off by splitting 1/2 order of Biscuits and Gravy.
Mrs. D's Biscuits and Gravy
This is the same B&G I have come to love at the original Edgebrook Diner. If anything, the biscuits are a bit better; though I doubt they would pass the Jim in Logan Square Hoosier Biscuit taste test. Still, this is my favorite version of B&G in the city and it was nice to see it presented here just as I remember it.
The Chow Poodle ordered scrambled eggs.
Scrambled Eggs & Hash Browns Chow Poodle Style
These eggs were done exactly to her liking and the hash browns were crisp and delicious.
I ordered one of the Sunday specials, Huevos Rancheros.
Mrs. D's Huevos Rancheros
These were pretty good. While not exactly the authentic huevos rancheros you might get at Nuevo Leon or the local taquria, the eggs were prefectly cooked over easy and they did have a house made salsa on top that was quite tasty. My only complaint was that the beans were a little on the cold side. This was likely due to the fact that we arrived very close to closing time (they close at 12:30 on Sundays!) and the beans had already been put away for the day.
In any event, since out of the way diners seem to be in vogue these days on LTH, here's another one for you to consider.
The Kapetan Family Welcomes You
(Christine, Dimitri and Niko)
Mrs. D's Diner
415 4th Street
(Directly Across from the Linden Ave "L" Stop)
M - F 6:30 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
Sat. 6:30 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.
Sun. 7:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.