Best Oatmeal in Chicago
Where art thou connoisseurs o' Oatmeal?
Andiwhere do you take thy repast?
You are absolutly correct about the McCanns. Trader Joes sells both McCanns, and their version of steal cut oats, the TJ version is half the price. I like to put the oats in first and get them a little "ROASTY", then slowly add the water. I had blue and black berries with mine today, not creme.
Most place serve breakfast quickly, the problem with good oatmeal, it takes a bit of time, if it over cooks and sits, it gets starchy and mushy. I have had it at the Ritz Carelton, above the water tower and it was good.
Sweet Maple Cafe on West Taylor Street has a really beautiful bowl of steel cut oats that is served with cinnamon brown sugar, vanilla-infused cream and raisins (all of which are served on the side to be used at your discretion). The oats are ideally cooked, reallynutty and tender and with a bit of chewiness, but not swimming in opaque sludge or hidden beneath an evil oaty skin.
Further, perchance you are in the Kohler, Wisconsin area, Heinemanns Bakery & Restaurant has a miraculous baked oatmeal concoction that I have been attempting to reproduce for many a year. It consists of steel cut oats, nutmeg, cinnamon, maple syrup, eggs and brown sugar and is baked in a square pan, sliced into chunks and served with spiced whipped cream. It is the subject of many planned northbound road trips and worthy of impromptu pilgrimages (particularly when paired with their wonderful homemade turkey sausage).
Ditto for the McCann's Irish Oatmeal. Even the microwavable McCann's is great. Whole foods carries it. I have to say that I am a sucker for it with brown sugar, milk and banana.
LaurenEl, looks like you joined the CH board to post about oatmeal on two very old Chicago threads about the breakfast stuff.
What's especially odd is that your profile says you are in LA, but talking about eating oatmeal in Chicago. That's a long way to go for breakfast!
Personally, I don't care for steel cut oatmeal (vastly prefer thick cut -- Scottish-style -- rolled oats), and only when made with milk, never water. That's why I only eat it at home -- never at restaurants and wouldn't bother with JJ's version. Sorry.
Don't know about the best, but it's very good at both Vella Cafe on Western and Caffe DaLuca on Damen.
Cafe De Luca
1721 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
1912 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647