[Photograph: Molly Durham]

My morning craving is almost always for a breakfast sandwich. Waking up ravenous, something about eggs alone or anything that doesn't include several food groups just doesn't seem like enough. So while several other options sounded good (and many sounded lighter) I went with the croque madame ($13.50).

While looking at the menu, I realized I had no idea what the difference between a croque monsieur and croque madame is. Both are open-faced ham and cheese sandwiches, but the madame has an egg on top. And since this one was expertly cooked, so I could break the yolk and watch it ooze all over the top, I think I made the right choice.

At first I thought, "This bread is too hard, too dry, and I can barely cut through it!" But then I realized, what would this sandwich be if the bread wasn't like this? Too soggy. It would have no foundation, and would be a mess. So it balances out the cheesy, eggy top.

While it didn't give me the satisfying action of holding a sandwich in my hand and taking a big bite, my breakfast sandwich fantasies now include a more delicate option.

Chez Moi

2100 North Halsted Street, Chicago IL 60614 (map)


Comments can take up to a minute to appear - please be patient!

Previewing your comment: