A few days ago, I went to a great little place for a friend’s birthday (all photo cred in this post to her!*). She had heard good things about the Bang Bang Pie Shop**, so we all tramped up to Logan Square in the snow for brunch.
And boy did that place deliver.
First off, the food was delicious. The only food that they make at Bang Bang Pie Shop is pie (no surprises there!) and biscuits. That’s it. There are a couple of pie options, made fresh daily and rotated on a day-to-day and seasonal basis. The rest of the menu is a variety of biscuits – ranging from plain (with loads of butter, of course) to loaded (with all manner of delicious add-ons). I had the Biscuit Strata – which seemed to be their basic biscuit recipe, baked with egg, sausage, and a variety of veggies and spices. It was awesome.
Not only that, but Bang Bang Pie Shop offers primo creeping. A trip to Bang Bang Pie Shop would almost be worth it purely for the purpose of seeing the interesting assortment of crunchies and hipsters who eat and/or work there. If you’re really lucky, you’ll catch Johnny Depp’s doppelgänger – no kidding! For a significant portion of our time there, I was distracted by the uncanny resemblance between one of the workers at the café and Johnny (yep, we’re on a first-name basis). And when I say uncanny, I actually mean SO SIMILAR THAT IT MUST BE INTENTIONAL.
This is the guy:
Okay, no it’s not. That’s actually Johnny Depp. (I really just wanted to include a picture of Johnny Depp.)
But it almost could be. This guy admittedly was pretty well-supplied in the natural-resemblance-to-Johnny-Depp department, but that can only take you so far. He was working it all: the longish dark brown hair pulled back into a ponytail/man-bun thing, the classic muted-color button-down (with unbuttoned top button, probably), the sleeves rolled up to show a forearm tat, and the thick-rimmed hipster glasses.
It was shameless.
And so was I. I ate my delicious Bang Bang biscuit, celebrated a great girl in a great location, and (slyly, I hope) shared the high entertainment value of this prime bit of people-watching with some fun friends. I highly recommend the experience.
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* Except the Johnny Depp one, obviously.