At newly opened Royce in Highland Park, just 27 miles north of Chicago, burgers are the main event. The 200-seat restaurant has a casual, rustic feel and also serves fantastic desserts.
I was looking at the cocktail menu, when “adult milkshakes” caught my eye. Each milkshake is made with homemade ice cream, either vanilla or chocolate, and blended with an assortment of liquor. The four choices include The Lebowski with Coffee Liqueur, Bourbon County ice cream with Maple syrup, Peaches & Cream (pictured) and a Beer Milkshake. Kids can, of course, order non-alcoholic milkshakes too.
I’m such a girl, so I went with Peaches & Cream, with RumChata and peach liqueur blended with several scoops of vanilla ice cream. I finished the shake in under five minutes, long before my burger arrived. It was just that good. I almost took my waiter up on his offer of another, but I knew that would not be wise.
Since I’d had a milkshake, I definitely wasn’t planning on ordering dessert. But Chef/Owner John des Rosiers himself recommended that I had to taste the daily pie, Banoffee, an English dessert created in the 1970s. The layers of banana, cream and toffee in Banoffee are usually sickeningly sweet, and pies aren’t my favorite, but I figured I’d give it a try. It was the right choice
The homemade chocolate crust really brought this to life, and was the perfect complement to unbelievably creamy layers of dulce de leche, freshly sliced bananas and whipped cream on top. The pie will soon be added to their regular menu and Rocye also sells whole pies for take out.
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