Sauce And Bread Kitchen Is True To Its Name - Chicago

Two local favorites join forces in Edgewater

The name reveals the first thing you need to know: Sauce and Bread Kitchen is home to superlative sauces and excellent bread.

They come from Co-op Sauce and Crumb Bread, the two well-loved producers and farmers' market veterans who opened this Edgewater café last week.

As expected, the storefront is heaven for condiment lovers, with house-made cider vinegar, tomato sauce, pickles and Co-op hot sauce (of which mole is our perennial favorite).

Crumb's contribution is in the form of cookies, sweets and boules. Springy, golden-crusted crumpets are one noteworthy addition to the lineup. Order them for breakfast with eggs, feta and pork sausage or sautéed spinach ($5). Follow breakfast with more breakfast, as "pop-tarts" ($2)–with rhubarb and ricotta enveloped in buttery, flaky pastry–are not to be missed.

The turkey sandwich ($8) packs a wallop of flavor courtesy of tamarind-guajillo chile rub and last summer's chow-chow, a pickled-vegetable relish. The relish tops pulled-pork nachos ($5), too. With white barbecue sauce and braised local pork, these are a locavore's nacho dream.

The café's BYO license is especially useful on weekend mornings. Bring a bottle of Letherbee gin and have at the Bloody Mary bar, with brine-laced Bloody mix, pickled vegetables and pork sausage sticks.