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The Literary Kitchen opens this weekend with all-day snacks and desserts

A photo of the dill dip at The Literary Kitchen in Downtown Champaign.
Photo by The Literary Kitchen

Huzzah, once again there will be food service at The Literary, Downtown Champaign’s bookstore bar. The grand opening for The Literary Kitchen is this Saturday, September 9th. The kitchen’s new food menu will offer a variety of made-in-house savory snacks and desserts like cheesecake, tiramisu, and gelato.

Here’s a teaser of the menu:

dill dip with kettle chips

overnight oats with chia, apple pie compote, and granola

French toast with miso-butterscotch sauce, whopped cream, caramelized pecans, and blueberries

bacon, egg, and cheese bagel sandwich stuffed with hashbrowns, kimchi aioli, and arugula

seared salmon cakes over arugula, brown rice, beluga lentils, and lemon-dill dressing

cheeseburger on a brioche bunch with a burger sauce

fruit, greens, lentils, hemp hearts, and sweet cinnamon vinaigrette

The Literary Kitchen’s menu will also include vegan and gluten-free options. The cafe’s coffee drinks, cocktail menu, and BakeLab pastries will continue to be available.

The grand opening of The Literary Kitchen will start at 9 a.m. on Saturday, September 9th and end Sunday until close. All weekend, books in the shop are 10% off.

The Literary Cafe in Downtown Champaign has a black awning and tables outside on the sidewalk. Photo by Alyssa Buckley.
Alyssa Buckley

Prior to The Literary Kitchen’s new menu, the bookstore served food by Hopscotch Brunchette.

For more about The Literary in Downtown Champaign, read Kathleen’s article all about bookstore, which carries hundreds of books plus pens, greeting cards, stickers, tees, and a fun board game by a Champaign-Urbana gamemaker, or follow the book bar on Instagram.

The Literary Kitchen
122 N Neil St
W-Sa 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Su 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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