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Sweet of the Week: Bananamisu Pancakes at Bongo Room

Chicago is a city with a sweet tooth, packed with unique pastries and desserts in every neighborhood restaurant and bakery for dining Chicago. I’m a guy with a sweet tooth, so each week I’ll report on a different dessert you need to try. I mean, I’ll eat more than one dessert of course, but only one standout confection gets a shout out.

Bananamisu Pancakes Chicago Restaurants

Bananamisu Pancakes Chicago Restaurants

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about tiramisu. What with the re-imagined versions at Cicchetti and Nico Osteria, this tired Italian dessert is finally fresh again. A few months or so ago, I would have said that tiramisu was as dated as VHS, but nowadays my feelings have changed. The combo of espresso, liqueur, and cocoa is an alluring one, and thanks to adept restaurants re-inventing the wheel, tiramisu has proven its worth in the pantheon of great classic desserts. And then there’s the zaniest tiramisu creation of all, the bananamisu pancakes at Bongo Room. This breakfast haunt has a notorious penchant for overwrought, belt-busting “dessert” pancakes, but this ones takes the… (pan)cake?

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