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Breakfast ideas near Hilton Garden Inn

chefhound Apr 28, 2010 09:40 PM

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.


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    nibbell May 12, 2010 06:01 PM

    I sometimes stay at the Garden Hilton and walk over to the historic Intercontinental on Michigan for a good breakfast. And yes, Heaven on Seven is worth a visit.

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    1. re: nibbell
      jbw May 13, 2010 09:45 AM

      "Heaven on Seven is worth a visit."

      . . . i.e., the original on Wabash. Considerable difference between the ambience and (IMO) the quality of the two, all to the advantage of the original.

      1. re: jbw
        nsxtasy May 13, 2010 11:06 AM

        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.

    2. Missy2U Apr 30, 2010 12:25 PM

      I have a friend who works at Eggsperience - they're quite good!

      2000 Tower Dr, Glenview, IL 60026

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        Querencia Apr 30, 2010 07:46 AM

        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

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        1. re: Querencia
          nsxtasy May 7, 2010 12:41 PM

          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).

        2. nsxtasy Apr 29, 2010 06:05 AM

          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).

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          1. re: nsxtasy
            chefhound Apr 29, 2010 03:09 PM

            Thanks again, nsxtasy! You're an excellent ambassador for your city. Thanks for such a detailed and comprehensive list. I think I saw Orange on another thread and it looked good. For some reason, I didn't think to check the local hotel restaurants.

            1. re: chefhound
              nsxtasy Apr 29, 2010 03:21 PM

              >> 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!

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