Adorbs. Blue Door Farm Stand, in Lincoln Park, is adorable and rustic and chic. If I had a quaint country farm home rather than a teeny tiny Chicago junior-one bedroom…that’s what it would ideally look like. In a perfect world, right?
So Blue Door Farm Stand doesn’t have that many gluten-free options as compared to some lunch/brunch places. But I had such a nice experience there that I just wanted to share.
It’s primarily a sandwich and salad joint, with a great (but pricey) fresh-pressed juice selection and fresh roasted Intelligentsia coffee. They also have cheese and charcuterie platters if you’re more in the mood for a bite. Ingredients are fresh and locally sourced. And if your party is so inclined, they have a pretty decent craft beer selection, including Glutenberg gluten-free beer, J.K’s Scrumpy Organic Cider and Vandermill Cider. They also offer various locally made pantry and home goods items for purchase – jams, sauces, marinades, tea towels, kitchen accessories, etc.
If you’re GF, I’d recommend going for breakfast, vs. lunch, as you’ll have a wider selection of items to choose from (lunch is mostly sandwiches). They stop serving breakfast at noon. However, if you’re there for lunch, many of their salads can be prepared gluten-free.
I ordered the Sunrise BLT – sunny side eggs, heirloom tomatoes, Jones Farms bacon and tarragon aioli, with a side of petite greens dressed in their housemade vinaigrette. Normally it’s set atop multigrain toast, but the thick and juicy tomato was just as satisfying as a base. Super fresh, colorful and flavorful. Never once missed the bread. And it’s awesome to know it’s local!
Even if you’re not dining in, I recommend stopping in for a coffee or fresh pressed-juice and soaking in Blue Door Farm Stand’s cuteness. Remember, life is better on the farm.
Until next time,