Subway: Brown, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple (rush hrs) to Randolph(773) 234-3449 eggysdiner.com41.885405 -87.617641 333 E Benton Pl, suite 103 (between Columbus Dr and Field Blvd) Loop, Chicago
Breakfast, lunch, dinner (Mon–Fri)Average main course: $10
The challenge for Eggy’s—a contemporary restaurant doing old-school diner food—is to execute the canon of familiar dishes, but do them better. In this, the restaurant often succeeds. Chef Zach Millican’s sandwiches (a crispy fried whitefish with housemade tartare) are uncanny, and desserts (a cute ice-cream sundae; a masterfully rich sea-salt brownie) are charmingly simple. Sometimes a dish doesn’t inspire—we’re looking at you, Cobb salad—but when you’re eating at a diner that (thankfully) doesn’t feel it has to reinvent everything, you’re going to get some stuff you’ve had before.