We rank Chicago's breakfasts
We ate at dozens of city breakfast spots so you can start your mornings at some of the best.
Eleven City Diner (1112 S Wabash Ave, 312-212-1112) Oregano-flecked potatoes, challah French toast. Holla! Feed (2803 W Chicago Ave, 773-489-4600) Aggressively delicious. Ina’s (1235 W Randolph St, 312-226-8227) Fluffy French toast, vanilla-scented waffles, big pitchers of coffee—she really is the queen. Lula Cafe (2537 N Kedzie Ave, 773-489-9554) Expensive, but worth it. m.henry (5707 N Clark St, 773-561-1600) Pancakes, baguette French toast, housemade pastries: impressive. Milk & Honey Café (1920 W Division St, 773-395-9434) Delightful in every possible way. Ramova Grill (3510 S Halsted St, 773-847-9058) A little greasy; totally satisfying. Southport Grocery and Café (3552 N Southport Ave, 773-665-0100) Perfect omelettes, fabulous sausage. Sweet Maple Café (1339 W Taylor St, 312-243-8908) But stick to the Southern stuff. Tre Kronor (3258 W Foster Ave, 773-267-9888) Pancakes so good you’ll plan a move to Sweden. Victory’s Banner (2100 W Roscoe St, 773-665-0227) Nothing goes better together than meditation videos and French toast. White Palace Grill (1159 S Canal St, 312-939-7167) Diner food the way it should be.
Army & Lou’s (422 E 75th St, 773-483-3100) Biscuits and gravy, ham steak and dreamy smothered potatoes. Bananas Foster Café (1147 W Granville Ave, 773-262-9855) Sweet service, low prices. BIN 36 (339 N Dearborn St, 312-755-9463) Not bad, but priced for tourists. Cozy Corner Diner & Pancake House (2294 N Milwaukee Ave, 773-276-2215) Basic breakfast is good; old-school service is better. Edgebrook Coffee Shop (6322 N Central Ave, 773-792-1433) Crisp hash browns, spot-on eggs. Edna’s (3175 W Madison St, 773-638-7079) Biscuits and sausage are the strengths; coffee and toast are the weaknesses. Heaven on Seven (111 N Wabash Ave, 312-263-6443) The deep-fried banana-pecan French toast should be illegal. Lou Mitchell’s (565 W Jackson Blvd, 312-939-3111) Most of the food disappoints, but the pastries, waffles and atmosphere are spot on. Meli (301 S Halsted St, 312-454-0748) The eggs are good, but it’s got a problem with the French toast and pancakes. Nookies Tree (3334 N Halsted St, 773-248-9888) Solid eggs, decent coffee. Orange (3231 N Clark St, 773-549-4400) Creative French toast, flavorless potatoes. Riverside Café (1656 W Cortland St, 773-278-3354) Nice prices, good coffee. Salt & Pepper Diner (3537 N Clark St, 773-883-9800) Faux-diner feel, but serious about the food. Sunrise Café (2012 W Chicago Ave, 773-276-8290) Remarkably dependable with the details. Tempo (6 E Chestnut St, 312-943-4373) They know eggs—just not how to salt them. Tweet (5020 N Sheridan Rd, 773-728-5576) Upscale quality at diner speed. Vella Cafe (1912 N Western Ave, 773-489-7777) Great coffee, good potatoes, poor pastries.
Ann Sather (909 W Belmont Ave, 773-348-2378) Stick to the cinnamon rolls. Bongo Room (1152 S Wabash Ave, 312-291-0100) We fail to understand the fuss. The Breakfast Club (1381 W Hubbard St, 312-666-2372) Nice setting, sweet-as-pie staff, but it ain’t what it used to be. Caffe de Luca (1721 N Damen Ave, 773-342-6000) Scrambled eggs, delicious coffee: sleeper hits. The rest: eh. Hashbrowns (731 W Maxwell St, 312-226-8000) It hits and misses. Moon’s Sandwich Shop (16 S Western Ave, 312-226-5094) Pitiful coffee, but legendary corned beef. Over Easy Cafe (4943 N Damen Ave, 773-506-2605) Breakfast can be too sweet. This place proves it. Yolk (1120 S Michigan Ave, 312-789-9655) Portions are ridiculously large, but the pluses stop there.