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arualq Jan 22, 2011 08:00 PM

Any good/inexpensive places near the Silversmith Hotel?

  1. GraceW Mar 9, 2011 03:34 PM

    Bongo Room is my absolute favorite. Nsxtasy's suggestion to get the white chocolate-pretzel pancakes is the best. They always have great options.

    Bongo Room
    1470 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

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      Acmacgregor Mar 5, 2011 10:16 PM

      Original House of Pancakes on Bellevue, right across from the Sutton Place Hotel. Awesome place.

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      1. re: Acmacgregor
        chicgail Mar 6, 2011 04:00 AM

        OHP on Bellevue and Rush is also not easy walking distance from Madison and Wabash.

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          feysul Mar 6, 2011 04:59 AM

          I agree much better than tempo.

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          feysul Mar 5, 2011 04:56 PM

          Tempo sucks. Expensive and the food is not the best. Nothing unique. Best breakfast is The Publican.

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          1. re: feysul
            nsxtasy Mar 5, 2011 05:20 PM

            The Publican is not open for breakfast. (They serve brunch but only on Sundays.) And it too is not walking distance from the Silversmith Hotel, as the OP was seeking.

            The Silversmith Hotel is at Madison and Wabash, in the Loop.

          2. GraceW Jan 27, 2011 05:21 PM

            I second the Bongo Room because of the pretzel pancakes with chocolate sauce. Also the servers are really nice and accommodating if you have restrictions/allergies. It does get busy, but it is definitely worth it!

            Bongo Room
            1152 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

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            1. re: GraceW
              nsxtasy Jan 27, 2011 05:32 PM

              >> It does get busy, but it is definitely worth it!

              I've found that there are waits to be seated on Sundays, but on weekdays I've never had to wait.

              Bongo Room
              1152 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

            2. nsxtasy Jan 23, 2011 06:05 AM

              Inexpensive is a relative term, especially for breakfast, which is rarely all that much money; check the websites for prices. Good and near:

              Atwood Cafe - www.atwoodcafe.com
              South Water Kitchen - www.southwaterkitchen.com

              Or, you could take a bus down Michigan Avenue, or the CTA Red Line, to Roosevelt and Wabash for Bongo Room (it's about a mile straight down Wabash if you want to walk). Bongo Room has amazing creative pancakes, such as their pretzel pancakes with white chocolate caramel sauce. A standard portion size is three ENORMOUS pancakes, but you can get a one-third or two-thirds portion size if you want to try more than one item. http://chicago.menupages.com/restaura...

              EDIT: See below regarding Heaven on Seven, too!

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              1. re: nsxtasy
                arualq Jan 23, 2011 06:53 AM

                Thanks nsxtasy! Your posts have been very helpful. We've also heard about the Purple Pig for breakfast, so we might try to get that one of the mornings we're there.

                1. re: arualq
                  nsxtasy Jan 23, 2011 07:09 AM

                  The Purple Pig is not open for breakfast. You're probably thinking of Heaven on Seven, which I should also have mentioned. It's from the same folks (the Bannos family) as the Purple Pig, and the Wabash location is right near your hotel. The food is cajun/creole, and they start serving breakfast at 9 on weekdays, 10 on Saturdays, closed Sundays. www.heavenonseven.com

                  1. re: nsxtasy
                    delk Mar 6, 2011 09:24 AM

                    The only Heaven on Seven (Wabash Location) caveat is that it is CASH ONLY.

                    Heaven on Seven
                    600 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

                2. re: nsxtasy
                  bklynsausage Mar 5, 2011 03:33 PM

                  If you want a great breakfast place in Chicago you need to try the Tempo Cafe. They serve the greatest huge breakfast dishes. The service is good but the place gets a little busy and on the weekends there is usually a wait. I have called and asked how long the wait was and they were honest about the time. But IMO it is worth a little wait.



                  1. re: bklynsausage
                    nsxtasy Mar 5, 2011 03:48 PM

                    Tempo Cafe is a diner, and the breakfast is conventional breakfast food - eggs, pancakes, etc. It's okay, but not at all creative, not anything you haven't seen a thousand times elsewhere. Also, it's nowhere near the Silversmith; it's over a mile away, too far for most folks to walk, and not worth bothering with a cab or public transit for such ordinary food.

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