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

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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

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

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  1. 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).

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    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. 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.
        http://www.yelp.com/biz/bongo-room-ch...
        http://www.yelp.com/biz/orange-chicago-4
        http://www.yelp.com/biz/yolk-chicago

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        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

        1. 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.

          1. 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.

              1. 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.