Last Friday while our friend Matt was in town, I took advantage and got some friends together to go try a new spot on Armitage. My friend Brandon is actually the one who told me about it, so I can’t take all the credit, but I digress.
Blue Door Farm Stand is an unassuming cafe on Armitage, without the bright blue door and small signs, you might walk by and miss it. But once you walk in you’re transported into a cafe, bakery, small bar and little shop with impeccable decor — I’m obsessed with the pendant lights & tile-to-wood flooring — and a dining room full of gorgeous natural light. It’s really a perfect place to hole up and have a cozy lunch on a dreary day, much like we’ve seen recently.
I was happy that Brandon wanted to split because there were several things on the menu that I wanted to try! We got the turkey and aged cheddar sandwich and the brussels & kale salad. The sandwich was super simple, but the ingredients were top notch — super tasty preserves, an amazing aged cheddar and turkey, all atop some really amazing seedy bread. I have a thing for bread with seeds. It was served with kale chips, which was a nice change from either chips, fries or a salad. And dang, those kale chips were good. Topped with parmesan and perfectly crispy! I need to try recreating these at home sometime soon.
As for the salad, it was also delicious. The most unique part was the tahini maple dressing that was one of those things that made me want more and more. Thankfully it was a salad. And while there was a fair amount of bacon in it, it wasn’t overwhelming at all. Matt also had the same sandwich as us, and Minh got the smoked turkey with arugula and their lentil soup, which he declared was ‘definitely homemade’ and ‘not like the office cafeteria’, which is always a good thing!
Blue Door sells a bunch of the preserves and other tasty items. We tried the salted caramel peppermint popcorn on the way out and if I had more time, I would have grabbed a full bag. The also have fresh juice and a nice little wine and beer menu to pick from! Overall, I adored this little Lincoln Park spot and will definitely be back in the near future!