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Breakfast place near the Sofitel

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rebus1805 Jun 14, 2007 02:50 PM

I will be in Chicago in the River North area and someone recommended a fantastic breakfast spot near the Sofitel Hotel. He did not remember the name but loved the food and said it has been there a long time. Can anyone help?

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    NDJ RE: rebus1805 Jun 14, 2007 02:53 PM

    It must be Tempo on Chestnut/State. It is 1 block away and the best omelet you'll ever have. Cash only.

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      aelph RE: NDJ Jun 14, 2007 03:39 PM

      Tempo's adequate, maybe. They do those huge skillets(urgh...) and are typically packed to the gills...lines out the front door(why...I have no idea...it's just diner fare...it's a lemming-like confluence of factors, really). They *do* know how to baste an egg...a disappearing art.

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        rubinow RE: aelph Jun 15, 2007 10:36 AM

        I heard R. Kelly hangs out there (for what it's worth).

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      kareless RE: rebus1805 Jun 14, 2007 05:06 PM

      Sofitel probably has the best breakfast in the neighborhood. Definitely worth a try.

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        jbontario RE: rebus1805 Jun 15, 2007 06:48 AM

        Agree with the others, Tempo is a passable greek-influenced diner, that I think is only good for hangovers or for 3 AM eggs, not really a fantastic breakfast. I have had great brunch in the Cafe de Architect in Sofitel, wonderful pastry. There is an Original Pancake House just up the street on Bellevue (it's the chain, but I still really like it). Beyond that, the best breakfasts are a cab ride away. For a truly fantastic mexican-influenced breakfast, go to Flo on W Chicago, but on the weekend you must be there by 10:30 ish or you'll wait at least 30 minutes. It's worth it.

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          profjmm RE: rebus1805 Jun 15, 2007 07:11 AM

          Pierrot Gourmet on the ground level of the Peninsula also has a great breakfast. Especially the "European" with meats and cheeses.

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