[Hardware's take on strawberry shortcake comprises a base of coconut-flour cake and strata of creamy strawberry and coconut gels topped with mint whipped cream and accented by lemon curd.]
Hardware is a fascinating addition to the brewery scene and merits another visit soon. A whiskey dinner featuring Sonoma County Distilling Co. is planned Oct. 4.
[The Mystery Diner is a newsroom employee at the Kane County Chronicle. The diner’s identity is not revealed to the restaurant staff before or during the meal. The Mystery Diner visits a different restaurant and then reports on the experience. If the Mystery Diner cannot recommend the establishment, we will not publish a review.]
WHERE: 2000 W. Orchard Road, North Aurora
HOURS: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday; noon to 9 p.m. Sunday; and closed Monday
INFO: eathardware.com; 630-299-3977