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The 59 Best Breakfast Places In US..........

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Littleman May 1, 2010 11:08 AM

Ann Sather — Chicago, Ill.
Manny's — Chicago, Ill.

http://www.esquire.com/features/food-...

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    jbw May 1, 2010 04:38 PM

    Gotta be kidding. Not even the best breakfasts in Chicago, let alone USA. Other than the pictured CB hash (worth, perhaps, a small detour) and the ambience (also worth a detour) everything else for breakfast at Manny's is pretty ordinary, if that. AS has, of course, long, long. long ago passed its prime, unless all you want for breakfast is a cinnamon bun (and you coould probably do better for that at Fox & Obel's)

    1. uhockey May 1, 2010 06:43 PM

      Bongo Room?
      M.Henry??

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      Bongo Room
      1152 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

      1. chicgail May 1, 2010 09:48 PM

        Appears to have been compiled by someone who never ate breakfast in Chicago.

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          uhockey May 2, 2010 04:45 AM

          No Dotties or Griddle Cafe in Cali, either.

          ...and the whole slapdash of chains (Bob Evans - really????) at the end.

          Appears to be compiled by someone who doesn't like food.

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            Shaggy May 3, 2010 09:17 AM

            Tweet, Hot Chocolate, Bakin and Eggs, Lula Cafe, Toast?

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            Hot Chocolate
            1747 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

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              Shaggy May 3, 2010 09:20 AM

              And how is Katz's Deli on the list, but they leave out all of the good chicken and waffle joints up in Harlem?

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            gomexico May 4, 2010 09:23 AM

            Most of the "lists" we see published are b.s., promotional efforts of some interest or another in the industry or publicists with nothing better to do (or who are paid to mislead people).

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            solon May 4, 2010 08:21 AM

            Lou Mitchell's should have been obvious....AND it's on the National Register of Historic Places (related to Route 66).

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            Lou Mitchell's Restaurant
            565 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60661

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              ferret May 4, 2010 09:54 AM

              Lou Mitchell's should only be added to a historical list. Absent the nostalgia it's just a Greek diner - comparable to other less notable places in town. Hell, absent nostalgia Manny's and Sathers shouldn't make it onto any lists.

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              Lou Mitchell's Restaurant
              565 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60661

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                gomexico May 4, 2010 12:33 PM

                I've thought, for a long time now, that Lou Mitchells is one of the most over-hyped places in the city. People recommend it over and over, because they don't know better - and they copy and paste recommendations and reviews from other published sources. If someone is right in the neighborhood and looking to eat, fine - it's there. Go out of your way to visit? No.

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                Lou Mitchell's Restaurant
                565 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60661

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                  ferret May 4, 2010 01:38 PM

                  Twenty-odd years ago when people were "coming into the city" (and my parents always referred to it that way) Lou Mitchell's was an experience like Katz's in New York, it was a venerable institution where the overall experience was better than the sum of its parts.

                  If, in 2010, you're looking for a place that offers creativity and quality ingredients at a good value, it's pretty far down the list. I live near Whistler's on Devon near McCormick, which to me gives you an okay breakfast if you're in the area and not motivated to go anywhere else (happens 1-2 times a year for me). lou Mitchell's is Whistler's in a nostalgic wrapper and I wouldn't send anyone to either for a memorable breakfast experience.

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                    delk May 8, 2010 06:02 AM

                    Lou Mitchell's just looked nasty when it was on Top Chef. That poaching water!

                    I really wish the Bongo Room in the south loop stayed open beyond 2 pm. Such a waste of a great location and it's sad to see it unused in the evening.

                    I usually grab a breakfast sandwich at Harry's in the Monadnock Building (it's across from my office). Made to order, quick, and nice owners.

                    http://chicago.menupages.com/restaura...

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                    Bongo Room
                    1152 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

                    Lou Mitchell's Restaurant
                    565 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60661

            2. nsxtasy May 7, 2010 02:27 PM

              Well, I give them credit for including Walker Brothers. As much as I like Bongo Room and M. Henry, which represent the "new generation" of Chicago-area breakfast places (along with Jam, Toast, and many others), if I had to choose only one restaurant as the best breakfast place in the Chicago area, it would be Walker Brothers.

              If I had to add a few more beyond Walker Brothers, Bongo Room and M. Henry would round out my top three. Ann Sather and Manny's wouldn't even make the top ten! And I agree with ferret and gomexico; Lou Mitchell's might make it for longevity or nostalgia, especially for commuters passing through the nearby train stations, but the breakfast there, while competent, is not at all unusual in any way.

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