Breakfast ideas near Hilton Garden Inn
We'll be staying at the Hilton Garden Inn at Grand and N State. Any recommendations for breakfast nearby?
My friend likes a good breakfast to start the day but we don't want to go too far from our hotel. We want to maximize our art gallery/museum/shopping time so we don't want to travel for our breakfast.
For breakfast, there's a huge difference! The Rush Street location doesn't open till 11 a.m. and doesn't have a breakfast menu; it serves from a lunch menu during the week, a brunch menu on weekends, and has a dinner menu too. The Wabash location opens at 9 during the week and 10 on Saturdays (closed Sundays) and has a separate breakfast menu which is available all day, at least as long as they're open (that location is only open for dinner the third Friday of each month). Big difference.
Three minutes away from your hotel is Heaven on Seven, Rush & Ohio, that has Cajun breakfast on weekends. Think: Seafood Creole Omelet and Bananas Foster Pecan Praline Pancakes. See their menu (and >3000 others) by going to "Chicago restaurant menus".
Heaven on Seven
600 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
Bananas Foster Cafe
1147 W Granville Ave, Chicago, IL 60660
The Rush Street location of Heaven on Seven doesn't open until 11 a.m.
If you'd like to check out the menu, click on the link for the restaurant's website in my previous post, where I mentioned the Wabash location (which opens for breakfast at 9 a.m. during the week and 10 a.m. on Saturdays).
You'll find plenty of ideas in this topic:
Breakfast River North
Here is approximately how many blocks you would walk from your hotel to each of the places mentioned there:
1 - Sable ( www.sablechicago.com )
1 - Restaurant at Conrad ( http://conradhotels1.hilton.com/en/ch/hotels/dining.do?ctyhocn=CHICICI&id=DIN2 )
2 - David Burke's Primehouse ( www.jameshotels.com/Chicago-Hotel.aspx?name=The-James-Chicago&page=Primehouse )
3 - XOCO ( www.rickbayless.com/restaurants )
3 - Eggsperience Pancakes and Cafe ( www.eggsperiencecafe.com )
3 - Sixteen ( www.trumpchicagohotel.com/Food_Wine/sixteen.asp )
3 - Aja ( www.ajachicago.com )
5 - South Water Kitchen ( www.southwaterkitchen.com )
6 - Fox & Obel ( www.fox-obel.com )
7 - LB Bistro in the Sheraton ( www.lbbistro.com )
7 - Orange ( www.orangerestaurantchicago.com - location at Clark and Superior)
7 - Heaven on Seven ( www.heavenonseven.com - Wabash location)
10 - Yolk ( www.yolk-online.com - River North location)
(not walkable) - Bongo Room ( http://chicago.menupages.com/restaura... )
The area is also sprinkled with the usual chain places (Starbuck's, Cosi, Corner Bakery, etc).
>> For some reason, I didn't think to check the local hotel restaurants.
Neither did I; you'll notice that I added them to that other topic! :) I haven't been to the hotel restaurants for breakfast, although I've been to some of them (Sixteen, Burke's) for dinner.
The places that stand out as different are XOCO (Mexican) and Heaven on Seven (cajun/creole). Note that the latter is not open terribly early (I think it's 8:30 or 9:00) and it's the Wabash location, and not the Rush location which is close to your hotel but not open for breakfast.
Orange has pancake "flights" and design-your-own juice blends. I also like Fox & Obel, for its Cobb omelet as well as their baked goods to go (especially the cinnamon swirl rolls).
P.S. Thanks for the kind words!