Loaf Lounge, a brand new cafe, debuted final weekend in Avondale. Whereas the house owners ready to open, co-owner and ace baker Sarah Mispagel (Sepia, Proxi) served as a guide for The Bear, the FX TV present based mostly on a fictional Chicago Italian beef stand. Mispagel created the sweets depicted on display and allowed actor Lionel Boyce, who performs Marcus, to use a closing contact. Mispagel’s work included a delicious chocolate cake that made viewers take observe. A hulking slice of that cake is now out there at Loaf Lounge for $7.50. How does the cake style? Learn on to seek out out.
Beneath is a barely edited transcript of a Slack dialog between Eater Chicago Editor Ashok Selvam and Reporter Naomi Waxman about stated cake.
The Bear Chocolate Cake
$7.50 per slice
Made with Valrhona cocoa powder within the cake and icing and Valrhona 64 p.c Tainori within the ganache.
Ashok: Instagram has ruined meals footage for lots of us, how can the precise merchandise match the over-stylized picture that’s been posted? However you realize what? The Bear chocolate cake matches the hype. That richness you noticed by means of the display? It’s in that first chunk!
Naomi: Some individuals take huge pleasure in consuming cake for breakfast, which appears cheap to me however isn’t a behavior I sometimes partake in. However I’m additionally no one’s idiot, and within the case of this explicit cake, there’s purpose for patrons to indulge within the morning. At its coronary heart, Loaf Lounge is a bakery, which suggests Mispagel and her workers clock in round 4 a.m. Exhibiting up early provides patrons an opportunity to style the cake in its freshest, richest kind.
Ashok: Initially, we should always normalize “cake for breakfast.” Second, I had the cake recent on the cafe and I took a slice house. Each instances have been fabulous, however consuming it on the counter on the lounge was simply higher. The crumbs have been extra …moist (sorry), the frosting — the ganache had a greater richness, which can sound apparent. Mispagel tells me that that is one in every of her outdated recipes she perfected at Proxy/Sepia, a go-to for personal occasions when clients needed chocolate cake. It’s a fairly dependable taste bomb. Properly balanced and never too candy or bitter. That being stated, do you assume you possibly can eat a couple of slice?
Naomi: “Dependable” is an efficient phrase for it — it’s not fussy or overly embellished (truthfully, a welcome change from the elaborate buttercream mountains which have taken over #cakestagram), the cake is tender but holds its kind. It will be a success at any celebration, whether or not the visitor of honor is eight or 80. However that brings me again to your level about amount: I couldn’t put away a couple of slice, particularly earlier than midday.
Ashok: I might if I have been on a cake bender, however I don’t wish to discuss these darkish, darkish days. Chicago is house to some high quality bakers. I’ll name out Jennifer Jones at Logan Sq.’s Dos City Cantina. That chocolate cake is a champion! Loaf Lounge’s entry is true up there. It’s not flashy, however there’s a whole lot of depth. Mispagel says it was Chris Storer, The Bear’s co-creator and Park Ridge native, who got here up with the thought to serve the cake on the cafe. It’s a sensible alternative. It’s nice bait to get people by means of the door to style the recent bread, sandwiches, and different wizardry inside that small kitchen. Did I point out the bread?
Naomi: And, in a complete shock, arguably the most effective English muffin I’ve encountered in a very long time! One other perk to a counter spot is the chance to peek by means of the expo window to see Lustbader operating the present. The over-easy egg in my sausage-egg-and-cheese breakfast sandwich burst in that completely refined, satisfying approach, which to me revealed a whole lot of egg expertise in that kitchen. Regardless that the cafe is model new, it’s already a web site for glorious people-watching. I acquired to take pleasure in a efficiency from three tiny boys in matching “finest pals” t-shirts holding fingers and leaping up and down in anticipation of their treats. I do know the sensation, guys.
Ashok: Mispagel’s husband, Ben Lustbader, says they’re not apprehensive if the cake overshadows the remainder of the menu. Mispagel says they might finally serve up Marcus’ “good doughnut” from the TV present. I do have one gripe: How can Marcus be this good this quick? He could be a pure expertise, however annoying Star Wars followers whine about Rey “not having sufficient Jedi coaching” and having the ability to wield a lightsaber with ease immediately. After consuming the cake, how can Marcus be such a grasp of texture and taste with out formal coaching? The prepared suspension of disbelief wouldn’t be an issue if I hadn’t tasted the cake (pushes glasses again up).
Naomi: That’s not the one suspension of disbelief The Bear asks viewers to entertain — I’ve discovered myself coming again to the issue of the (spoiler alert) can storyline a number of instances since I completed the primary season. However there’s nonetheless room to understand a little bit small-screen magic, particularly when Marcus’ world is so intently intertwined with an actual small enterprise.
Ashok: Wrapping it up, I used to be more than happy that this “Bear” present — that has nothing to do with a horrible soccer workforce — pushed me to strive some very superb chocolate cake, and hope different TV reveals will take the initiative to rent Chicago kitchen staff so I can eat and write about their meals featured on TV. Additionally, Jeremy Allen White hasn’t had the cake but and it’s humorous we’ve tried the cake and Carmy has been denied. JAW instructed me he desires to strive the cake! General, let’s hope The Bear brings Mispagel again for Season 2 to carry to life no matter Marcus imagines. Do you’ve any closing ideas, Naomi?
Naomi: I’m additionally desirous to see the place The Bear takes Carmy, Sydney, and the workforce, although I feel it’s protected to say we are able to anticipate some dirty kitchen habits and — hopefully — extra delectable delicacies from Marcus through Mispagel. As we anticipate a brand new installment, I’ll be distracting myself over at Loaf Lounge.