Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Cracked Pepper Catering and Bakery, Inc.

I've been wanting to try Cracked Pepper Catering and Bakery, Inc. in Peoria for lunch for quite some time.The NE Adams location seemed just a bit too far to drive during my workday lunch, and I had not seen them open on weekends.
Once I saw that the new, closer-to-me Main Street location was open, I made plans to meet some friends there, and tried the Caprese panini.
The Main Street spot is a nice location, in the former City News Café/Jane Dough spot. They have taken out the wall of newspaper racks and replaced them with an interesting selection of pepper mills.
This Saturday we decided to drive by Cracked Pepper at NE Adams and if they were open we would stop in, otherwise we were headed to the Ice Cream Shack.
As we neared the bakery, I could see a couple sitting at a table by the window, so we pulled in.
This location also was decorated with a variety of pepper mills and there were a few tall tables inside.
Both locations featured colorful chalkboard menus done with great artistic flair.
This time, I decided to try the "award winning" Italian beef. My husband selected the sweet BBQ pork sandwich.
I was asked if I wanted mozzarella and Giardiniera on my sandwich. I passed on the cheese but went for the relish.
During the brief wait for our sandwiches, I noticed that the bakery case featured a couple of bacon logs, which I have heard about both from my friend J who has enjoyed a few of them, and in the newspaper.
My Italian beef was quite good, the Giardiniera not nuclear, so it didn't overwhelm the beef and the bread it was nestled in was outstanding. My husband also commented on the bread his BBQ pork came on.
The pork tasted smoked, and when I sampled it I really enjoyed the juicy bite. I would order either of those sandwiches again.
To cap off our meal, we figured we'd better try the bacon log, a long john-style donut slathered with rich maple icing, crowned with a slice of thick-cut bacon coated in brown sugar.
This picture oddly makes it look a bit like the heavens were shining down upon the delectable donut.
We split the luscious log and it was a delight, the pastry fluffy and fresh, the icing creamy with a good maple flavor and the bacon hearty yet sweet.
In addition to more tempting pastries, Cracked Pepper also offers salads, more sandwiches including some breakfast varieties, and a wrap or two. You can upgrade to a boxed lunch for a bit more, which adds a side and a cookie.


Jen P said...

I was reading a comment you had made a while back regarding the Luthy house in East Peoria, I grew up in that house, if you were still interested in pictures of it.

Peoria Peepers said...

What a great house!
If you would like to share pictures, I would enjoy seeing them.
If you would like to email them, there is a link to contact me at the right hand side of my site, using the envelope icon.