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Opinion

Mystery Diner: Taste the freshness at Ari’s Kitchen

The California Dreaming omelet comes with a side order of grits served at Ari's Kitchen, 362 Randall Road, North Aurora. (Shaw Media photo)
The California Dreaming omelet comes with a side order of grits served at Ari's Kitchen, 362 Randall Road, North Aurora. (Shaw Media photo)

NORTH AURORA – Customers can sense the welcoming atmosphere of Ari’s Kitchen the moment they walk in the door.

The new restaurant, at 362 N. Randall Road in North Aurora, exudes a homey and comfortable feeling. With gourds and pumpkins strewn around the restaurant, Ari’s Kitchen is currently dressed up for the fall season.

Ari’s Kitchen serves breakfast and lunch seven days a week. The restaurant’s calling card is that everything is made fresh daily.

The restaurant offers an array of options, so it took a few minutes for my wife and me to decide what we wanted. I opted for the pumpkin pancakes special, and my wife chose the California Dreaming omelet with a side order of grits.

The first thing that my wife noticed was that her coffee was surprisingly tasteful, much better than the typical diner coffee. She liked the fact that it had a strong, bold flavor.

I had high hopes when my pancakes arrived, and I wasn’t disappointed. As I bit into the generous stack of pancakes, I could taste the freshness that Ari’s Kitchen promised.

The pancakes were light and fluffy, and the homemade cinnamon butter proved to be a great complement and made the experience even more tasteful. In fact, the pancakes alone had so much flavor to them that I didn’t even need to use any maple syrup.

My wife said she could taste the freshness of the eggs in her California Dreaming omelet, and how the avocado, tomato, bacon, onion and mozzarella blended together, each ingredient complementing the other.

In a testament to how much flavor the omelet had, she didn’t have to add any pepper to it. She also liked the fact that the grits had a nice creamy taste and texture.

In addition to a full array of breakfast options, Ari’s Kitchen also serves lunch, including salads, homemade soups and sandwiches.

You won’t be disappointed visiting Ari’s Kitchen.

• The Mystery Diner is a newsroom employee at Shaw Media. The diner’s identity is not revealed to the restaurant staff before or during the meal. Only positive dining experiences will result in published reviews.

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