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Cafe Le Coq, sweetbreads with vanilla sauce

Ann Fisher | Feb 23, 200405:36 PM

I mentioned some time back that having tried sweetbreads off someone else's plate in New Orleans recently, I was now going to try the "crisp sweetbreads with vanilla sauce" at Cafe le Coq in Oak Park. They'd been on someone's list of the ten best things he or she ate in 2003, the restaurant is a mile from my house, and they only cost $7.95. Procrastinate no more.
Somehow I assumed that a "vanilla" sauce would be to, say, vanilla ice cream as a mole is to chocolate ice cream. I thought it would be interesting to see vanilla in a savory preparation. I assumed wrong. The vanilla sauce is, as far as I can tell, basically vanilla ice cream minus the ice part. It was interesting. It was good. I don't know if I'll rush to order it again, but who knows?
I also ordered soup there for the first time. The soup of the day was a tomato garlic. Creamed, but with little gritty (in a good way) pieces of garlic at about the density of rice in a chicken with rice soup. In other words, lots of garlic. Just magnificent. A terrific soup. I'm sorry it's not always available. But from now on I'll always try whatever soup they have.

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