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Sep 20, 2007 05:10 PM

breakfast before CUBS game?

I'm staying with a friend in Lincoln Park and my boyfriend and I are looking for a place to grab breakfast before the CUBS game tomorrow at 1:30. Any recommendations in this 'hood...or between here and Wrigley Field? Diners are OK...but we're hoping for something a bit healthier/organic (so we can eat lots of crap at the game). Thanks!

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  1. I grew up in Chicago. Toast in Lincoln Park was always my favorite breakfast place. Glad to see they're still around! They serve really good coffee with copious amounts of refills, and the best potatoes ever! The address is 746 W Webster Ave
    Chicago, IL 60614
    (773) 935-5600

    Great selection of omelettes and other goodies too. Enjoy!

    Ah, I miss Chicago. :-( Enjoy the game too. Go Cubbies!

    1. Orange is the closest good breakfast place to Wrigley, just half a mile south of the park. They have egg dishes, pancake "flights" (four mini-portions of pancakes with a common theme), design-your-own fresh juices, etc.

      3231 N. Clark St.

      Wishbone is almost as close, and very good for breakfast.

      3300 N. Lincoln Ave.

      Kitschn on Roscoe is 1.5 miles west of Wrigley. Egg dishes, etc.

      2005 West Roscoe Street

      And the Original Pancake House has their delicious huge puffed-up apple pancake, great puffed-up German pancake, excellent omelets, and lots of other great stuff.

      Original Pancake House
      2020 N. Lincoln Park West
      Chicago, Illinois 60614

      All of these places are excellent for breakfast, but you may encounter long waiting times to be seated on weekends.

      More suggestions:

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      1. re: nsxtasy

        I LOVE Toast! It is soooo good. The only thing is, you have to be prepared to wait. They always say it'll take like 1 hour but we never wait that long. We just say "ok, we'll wait thanks" and we're usually seated in 20 min or so, depending on how busy it is and what time you go.

        I also love Kitsch, very good! Orange has been hit and miss with me but I love their juice selections (EVERYTHING)! Wishbone is really good too!

        Have fun!

        1. re: nsxtasy

          Orange is a very good idea -- great selection of fresh juices and I like their frushi (fresh fruit, prepared as if it were sushi). Best of all, it's less than a 1/2 mile from Wrigley.

          Another good selection would be Uncommon Ground, which is only a block or so north of Wrigley, which does both a very nice breakfast and lunch. Service is great and food is very good. I particularly like their granola.

          1. re: nsxtasy

            Ooh, yes, I forgot about Wishbone. Also an excellent choice. I used to go to the Original Pancake house in Oak Park (was my local one), and I loved the Spanish omelette.

            Hey, I remember another good breakfast place on Damon in Wicker Park too, but for the life of me can't remember the name. Used to have some great breakfasts in Wicker Park/Bucktown after visiting the local dive bars! ;-) Not so close to Wrigley Field, I know, but I really wish I could remember the name of the place. It was a little hole in the wall diner.

            1. re: FoodieKat

              I think you're referring to Busy Bee or Kaliedescope, both on Damen. I belive that a bar moved in at the Busy Bee Space and Bongo Room moved to the Kalaidescope space, then Bongo Room moved to the present Milwaukee Avenue space. I'm not sure what became of the orginal Kaliedescope turned Bongo Room space on Damen.

              1. re: amoncada

                Ah yes, thanks. Busy Bee sounds familiar. Shame it's gone now. :-(

          2. I recommend Southport Grocer or Nookie Tree

            I personally think Orange is way over rated. I was at the one in Clark years ago- and recently at the one in the south loop and was very disappointed

            1. My standard choice for a late breakfast before a ballgame is Nookies Tree on Halsted, about 3 1/2 blocks from Wrigley in "boystown". Their specialty is breakfast, and they serve it all day. It is nothing life-changing, just reliably good fresh food (omlettes, skillets, pancakes, fritatas etc.). It's a friendly place too, and more relaxed than Clark st. on a game day.

              Nookies Tree Restaurant
              3334 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60657

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              1. re: Roger Spark

                I really enjoyed erwin for breakfast (Sunday brunch); I'm not sure if they make breakfast every day, but what I had was most enjoyable. I believe it is on N. Clark just a few blocks south of Belmont.

                1. re: anewton

                  Erwin only serves brunch on Sundays. The other places mentioned here serve breakfast all week long. (Toast is closed on Mondays.)

              2. Skip Orange, it's sooo overrated!
                Wishbone is quite good. It's a beautiful day! Walk to the game afterwards.

                Nookies Tree Restaurant
                3334 N Halsted St Chicago IL

                Toast is very good but a bit of a hike.

                I like the rec for Uncommon Ground and it's just up the street from the ballpark.

                M.Henry in Edgewater is very good but a little far. The Clark bus runs every 15 minutes 365 days a year so it'll drop you off right at the ballpark after breakfast.

                GO CUBS!

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                1. re: amoncada

                  I agree completely, skip Orange, even if it is the closest. average food, mediocre service.

                  I would go with Nookies on Halsted myself.

                  1. re: amoncada

                    With respect to Orange, I guess I cannot address whether or not it's overrated, without understanding what people consider to be its "rating" in general. I think they have a number of very good offerings (including the ones I've mentioned above) and including their very creative, constantly changing, pancake flight. Sure, they have some average offerings (I don't like their savory items as much as their sweet items), but their breakfast menu is very creative and generally well executed.

                    On the other hand, there are a number of recs for Nookies here. I used to live right around the corner from this spot so I was forced to dine there more than I'd like to admit. I find Nookies' offerings to be standard breakfast offerings, not creative in any way, but there's not anything necessarily bad about that. The problem is that Nookies' food generally pales in comparison to similar diners. There are other Nookies' locations which may or may not be better than this one, but I do not think that Nookies at Buckingham/Halsted is a place to go unless it's 2am and you're starving or unless someone drags you there.

                    1. re: BRB

                      The folks at Orange have taken the ordinary diner fare to a higher level, at least to the eye. What falls short are the flavors. Sure, I think some of the preparations are whimsical and pretty darn cool, but will it knock your socks off? No, not exactly, and that is what you expect from such a creative dish. Yes, Nookies serves up your standard fare but I still love it!

                      Let's take Cafe Selmarie for example, while they may not be quite as creative with thier preparations, the food is quite competent and delicious. Cafe Selmarie get my vote over Orange, hands down!

                      1. re: amoncada

                        Cafe Selmarie, in Lincoln Square, is not particularly convenient for someone looking for a breakfast place on the way from Lincoln Park to Wrigley Field.

                        1. re: nsxtasy

                          I would rather be inconenienced with a 10-15 minute cab ride to seek breakfast bliss at Cafe Selmarie over mediocre toy-like creations at Orange.

                          1. re: amoncada

                            Cafe Selmarie is okay, but nothing out of the ordinary; I find their breakfast menu rather uninspiring. When I'm walking around Lincoln Square on Sunday mornings checking out the menus in the windows, I usually wind up elsewhere. And when I'm in Lincoln Park or Wrigleyville, I'd rather enjoy the excellent food at Orange (or Wishbone or one of the other suggestions) and not have to spend the time or money on a cab ride when there are plenty of equally good places much closer and more convenient.

                            1. re: nsxtasy

                              Since the game is in the bottom of the second, I guess this discussion is moot. I hope saltysnack & company had an enjoyable breakfast, wherever they ended up. By the way, the cubs are already leading 5-2 in the bottom of the second. I am jealous of saltysnack. I wish I was at the Friendly Confines, instead of sitting in front of a computer pretending to work for a living.

                              edit (12 minutes later): The Pirates just took the lead in the top of the third (7-5). Got to love those Cubbies.