Jan 23, 2023 - Food and Drink

Bite Club: Fettuccine crêpes

Chocolaty pasta

Chocolate fettuccine crépes at Dot Sugar. Photo: Monica Eng/Axios

👋 Hey, it's Monica! On a recent trip to the Northwest 'burbs for Asian noodles, I stumbled upon a treasure trove of Himalayan, Korean, Filipino, Iraqi, Indian, Japanese and Jordanian treats — including fettuccine crêpes and pancake balls.

The bites: A Jordanian spot in Morton Grove called Dot Sugar makes what I like to think of as spaghetti and meatballs for dessert.

  • Fettuccine crêpes arrive as pancake ribbons smothered in your choice of chocolate, pistachio cream or Nutella along with a scoop of ice cream ($12.99).
  • The pancake balls, called mini-pancakes, resemble warm Munchkins drenched in the same toppings and are eaten with cute toothpicks ($11.99).
Pancake balls
Mini pancakes at Dot Sugar. Photo: Monica Eng/Axios

The verdict: I'm not a sweets fan but loved these well-balanced, delicious and wonderfully shareable treats, especially the "pancakes."

  • It helps that Dot Sugar's handsome, airy decor makes you want to hang here for hours with pals over coffee.
  • I also adored their minty, icy Jordanian lemonade — a beverage that probably inspired Chicago's "steak and lemonade" combo.

Next time, I'll try Dot Sugar's "lokma" — smothered, fried doughnuts that come only in orders of 20.

If you go: 7915 W. Golf R0ad in Morton Grove.

  • Open 3pm-12am Friday and Saturday and until 11pm Tuesday-Thursday, Sunday. Closed Monday.

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