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BEST BREAKFAST EXPERIENCE WANTED!

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I'm going to be in Chicago Magnificent Mile area this weekend. I was hoping some of you fellow hungry folk would know of the best places to eat BREAKFAST! I'm a hungry person who loves an affordable huge and yummy meal.

Also, any ideas for lunch places that will wow me without wowwing my wallet?

Thanks a bunch!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  1. Take a taxi to Ann Sather's at Clark and Belmont (there might be a branch a little closer to the north side.) Everything on their menu is good. Also, it's worth getting pastries and coffee at Dinkel's bakery.

    1. There are plenty of recommendations in this topic:
      www.chowhound.com/topics/386646

      FWIW, I find Ann Sather's rather bland, and not worth the trip from Michigan Avenue. There are plenty of much better places a lot closer. Go to Orange on Harrison, or Lou Mitchell's, or Kitsch'n River North, or...

      1. Heaven on Seven, a Cajun restaurant, serves some interesting Cajun breakfasts (Shrimp Creole omelet, pecan pancakes etc). It's up in an office building "Garfield Building" on Wabash near Washington, just behind Macy's. From the MM you can get there in a brisk 15-minute walk, which will help you work up an appetite. Just keeping going south on Michigan then turn right on Randolph and left on Wabash. Their website shows menus.

        In the other direction, walk north on Michigan a couple of blocks past where the stores end and apartment buildings start. Turn left on Bellevue. Enjoy the long block of beautiful 1880's townhouses. At the end of this block will be The Old Original Pancake House which has anything you can think of for breakfast.

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        1. re: Querencia

          We were just at the Original Pancake House a couple of weeks ago. Two points - one, I thought the food was very good; two, I like a big breakfast too, but I shy-ed away from the 4 egg omelets....... But they looked good.

        2. I recommend the Bongo Room on S. Michigan Ave. (too far for you to walk, probably, so cab it). It's busy on weekend mornings, but there's a reason for it: an incredible breakfast menu!

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          1. re: uvolks2

            Thanks for all the input! I'm hungry - wish it was Saturday morning already...

            Any other Unique breakfast dining experiences to recommend?

            1. re: uvolks2

              I was at the Bongo Room twice last week for breakfast and it is a good experience. Some of the pancake and waffle creations which we did have looked awesome for nearby. It is located at Wabash and Roosevelt a few steps from the Brown Line El Station and, I believe, the Red Line station.

            2. Ina's on Randolph;
              Ina is quite talented. Her heavenly hots pancakes are unbelievable! The very best in the city. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

              Wishbone on Washington for Cajun and Mexican inspired breakfast, lunch, & dinner

              Original House of Pancakes on Belview and Rush for fantastic pancakes and apple pancakes.

              Le Peep on Washinton: Chain restaurant that serves up great breakfast. The Desparado omlette is great.

              Tempo Restaurant: Grecian inspired breakfast. Stick to the breakfast or Greek stuff.

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              1. re: amoncada

                Excellent suggestions all. One more little known treasure.

                Meli on Halsted and Jackson. Six menu pages of breakfast treats. Some of the fluffiest eggs I've ever tasted. Too many kitchens cook eggs until they are dead, hard or rubbery. They have awesome French toast, plus scrambles, skillets, omelets, frittatas and benedicts.

                1. re: chicgail

                  Thanks for the tip on Meli!

                2. re: amoncada

                  Yeah, I've gotta throw in a second for Wishbone. I'm a big fan of their breakfast & lunch.

                3. I have recently heard that Meritage has the best "Martha Stewart Living" brunch for $20, which includes bottomless gourmet coffee. It's normally an upscale wine-oriented restaurant but their brunch is excellent and only costs a little more than your average brunch. My friend had the "skillet," which is a combination of fingerling potatoes, ox tail meat, brussel sprouts, brie, and two eggs. Everyone else he said had amazing meals, too.

                  It's located in the West Side (so a cab is needed) at 2118 N. Damen Ave. Good luck!

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                  1. re: uvolks2

                    Yeah, Meritage sounds great for brunch.

                    I can't however forget my horrible experience there about 3-4 years ago. The Chef/owner and our waiter were incredible rude. I was there for the third time and with a gift certificate in hand. Our waiter kept pushing the wine list on us over and over to the point of being rude. I'm more of a beer drinker and my date only wanted 1-2 glasses of wine. Then the evening went from bad to worse. Don't get me wrong, the food and atmosphere were top notch. The waiter became agitated when we pulled out a gift certificate. Maybe he thought that we were never going to be regular customers since we came with a gift certificate...still can't figure it out. Our bill came to a tidy sum even though we had not ordered a bottle of wine. Anyway, the chef/owner came over with plenty of attitude going on about the house rules for gift certificates. We were informed that the gift certificate could not be used for tip and if any was left over, he would not give us any change back...crazy isn't it?! There was in fact about $25 dollars left so I through told the owner to keep it and swore that I would never return.
                    Has anyone else experienced this kind of rudeness at Meritage?

                    1. re: amoncada

                      We live walking distance from Meritage and have eaten there a few times, espeically on nice summer nights when we'd rather stroll than drive.

                      Our experience has consistently been that the place is remarkably overpriced and over rated. Not that the food or wine are "bad," just that for what they are, we're always a bit shocked at the bill. We stopped in a few weeks ago, had two appetizers and two glasses of wine and paid @ $70.

                      1. re: chicgail

                        Our experience has been the same. Meritage is nice, but expensive for what it is. We live around the corner (literally around the corner) from it and hardly ever go.

                  2. The Original Pancake House is wonderful- great pancakes, waffles, crepes, and omelettes. Also, Ann Sather is a famous Chicago institution for breakfast. Check both of them out!

                    1. It's a few miles west, & it's been a while since last visit.
                      http://www.moons.homestead.com/MoonsM...
                      maybe someone will chime in to give a more recent comment
                      menu also states they deliver.
                      Moons
                      16 s Western

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                      1. re: louweezy

                        Luxbar on Rush also serves an unbelievable brunch! Otherwise, my favorite is Original Pancake House.

                      2. I am a huge fan of Ann Sather, Orange (Harrison location), and Wishbone. If you can't stop in for an Ann Sather breakfast, at least get some cinnamon rolls to go. I would also recommend Yolk on south Michigan. Just take the number 3 bus down Michigan and it drops you off right at its doorstep. They have a great atmosphere with a huge menu.

                        1. Best brunches I've had so far have been at The Bongo Room - there's two locations, one in Wicker Park on Milwaukee and one in the South Loop on Wabash/Roosevelt. They're both wonderful - wide variety of really reasonably priced entrees that are very generously portioned and elaborately flavored and seasoned without being fussy. Plus the potatoes are hands down the best I've ever had.