Winter has arrived and its time for all things comfort and warming. We are blessed to be in a town that embraces the festive spirit of the holidays. Whether you are shopping, ice skating, or exploring the Museum of Science and Industry , you need to sit down and refuel. We found the perfect place and it has that intellectual feel. Actually I have passed this place every time I attend church at St Clements. The patio is usually filled in the spring and summer with college students and people enjoying a cup of coffee. The place is the world famous Bourgeois Pig . It is famous, thanks to people like Rachel Ray and Adam Richman . But it is more like a cozy little corner where people can gather and play games or sit with their lap tops.
The wonderful and genial owner, Mason Green has been the owner for about 26 years. Along with DePaul students and assorted people from the late Chidren’s Hospital, Mason had great pleasure in telling us of the famous folk who have sat in the cafe. They include Sandra Bullock , X Files Gillian Anderson, and Tim Meadows. There was even a former barista who made the big time , Angel Olson., left to go on the road.
There have been enough stars to stop in, but the real star of Bourgeois Pig is the food and beverages. They have a great selection of teas to take home, savory drinks, and yummy deserts. Mason welcomed us in from the Arctic with the yummiest caffe mocha . Maybe even better than Starbucks. The latte was made with Ghiradelli chocolate which made it even more luscious.
The one thing I loved about the salads and sandwiches is that they are named after famous works of literature .We got to try some of the more popular dishes at the Cafe. I had a special fondness for the Great Gatsby . I wonder if Shonda thought of the overindulged playboy when creating her POTUS for Scandal. . The sandwich consists of turkey, bacon, basil pesto and swiss cheese on herb focaccio bread. It was a hearty sandwich that was defintely too large to handle. The other sandwich that we tried was a tribute to the poet , Walt Whitman. This sandwich seemed to be a little bit more healthy than the other with chicken strips and hummus , spinach, caesar dressing, and parmesan cheese. The best part was that it was a wrap. The other sandwich was a panini.
The salads are made with only the freshest ingredients. Actually so are the sandwiches. I have always loved salads so I really enjoyed the two that Mason chose for us. The spinach salad I would describe as springtime in a bowl. The strawberries actually brought some brightness to a dreary winter day. The goat cheese mixes so well with the other ingredients and the hard boiled egg also goes with the spring thing. The other salad was named after the Shakespearean comedy, A Midsummer’s Night Dream. It is a cornucopia of fruits like craisins and pears. sprinkled with goat cheese and covered with a homemade balsamic vinagrette. Since the pear is my favorite fruit, I chose as my favorite the second one , The Midsummer’s Night Dream.
We finished up with the yummy Ghiradelli brownie. It was a huge chunk of chocolate heaven. Full of pieces of Ghiradelli chocolate. This was not a small brownie, big enough for two to share. Oh and the food is reasonably priced and you are guaranteed to bring food home for lunch the next day. They also serve breakfast all day and have killer omelets that we will come back for another time. Mason also gifted us with two really cool t shirts from their special Cafe boutique with items like mugs and shirts.
So if you are walking around Fullerton shopping or just out for a stroll. Be sure to stop by the Pig , even if it is just for a cup of tea or coffee. See why the foodie stars love it so much.