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Only one shot at breakfast: Ina's, Lou Mitchell's, Ann Sather ???

tanno Sep 30, 2010 04:33 PM

I'll be in Chicago for exactly one breakfast -- that's how I measure time, rather than in days or hours -- next week on a weekday, staying at the W on Lake Shore. Proximity isn't a huge deal, though I'd rather not be in a cab for 45 minutes each way.

Preliminary research says I should go to one of these three; please let me know your expert thoughts:

1) Ina's

2) Lou Mitchell's

3) Ann Sather

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

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  1. chicgail RE: tanno Sep 30, 2010 07:52 PM

    Forget Lou Mitchell's and Ann Sather. Both are well past their "day."

    Ina's has a wonderful breakfast. Others to consider are the Bongo Room (two locations),Meli Cafe (on Halsted in Greektown), the Breakfast Club, and M. Henry (a bit far by taxi).

    Bongo Room
    1470 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

    Bongo Room
    1152 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

    Breakfast Club
    1381 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60642

    Meli Cafe & Juice Bar
    301 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60661

    1. uhockey RE: tanno Oct 1, 2010 02:49 AM

      Answer is "none of the above."

      m.henry http://www.mhenry.net/


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        marciab RE: tanno Oct 1, 2010 11:04 AM

        I would not go to Ann Sather (it is just not that good, I don't know where it got that reputation) or Lou Mitchells. Ina's is ok, pretty standard breakfast; it's not bad but wouldn't be my first choice. In the South Loop, I'd recommend Yolk, Bongo Room or Orange; M Henry is also fabulous but not close to downtown.

        Bongo Room
        1152 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

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

        M. Henry
        5707 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60660

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          kemmek RE: tanno Oct 2, 2010 05:12 PM

          Add me to the list of those not crazy about Ann Sather and who love M. Henry. If you only have one breakfast, I wouldn't go to Yolk either, as I don't think the food is anything special. I've actually heard good things about the breakfast at Wave restaurant in the W, but I haven't been there myself.

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            Querencia RE: tanno Oct 2, 2010 08:11 PM

            A fun breakfast is at the downtown Sheraton lower level LB Bistro & Patisserie. It is set up as a prix-fixe customize-your-own-breakfast with chef stations. EVERYTHING is available and included and the price is about half of what you pay for the fancy hotel buffet brunches. Google for details.

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              mrsdebdav RE: tanno Oct 2, 2010 08:41 PM


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                lazant RE: tanno Oct 3, 2010 04:32 PM

                Meli, hands down. It's in Greektown and won't be as busy on a weekday. Their fresh juices, while overpriced, are fantastic. I also recommend their frittatas, benedicts and blueberry pancakes. Basically, you can't go wrong.

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