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Feb 8, 2011 12:39 PM

Breakfast recommendations - NW side of Chicago

Can anyone recommend a good place for a weekday breakfast on the NW side of Chicago?

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  1. Good places open during the week for breakfast on the Northwest Side include:

    Bongo Room, in Wicker Park -
    Jam, in West Town -
    Lula, in Logan Square -
    Toast, in Bucktown -
    Milk and Honey Cafe, in Wicker Park -
    Flo, in West Town -

    There are also bakeries (e.g. Alliance Bakery in Wicker Park, ) which have cafe seating and serve coffee, pastries, and a limited menu of heated foods.

    Check their websites for hours because some of these are closed one day of the week (often Mondays or Tuesdays).

    All of the above are very good indeed, but if I had to recommend only one, it would be Bongo Room, for their creative pancakes, such as their pretzel pancakes with white chocolate caramel sauce. Tip: A standard portion consists of three ENORMOUS pancakes, but they also offer one-third and two-thirds portion sizes at a reduced price. This lets you try more than one kind without going crazy!

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    1. re: nsxtasy

      Those are all good options, but they are also all south of Belmont. They may not be what the OP means by the Northwest side.

      1. re: ferret

        Without waiting for an answer, if you're looking North of Belmont then Victory's Banner or Kitsch'n in Roscoe Village or Tre Kronor on Foster (between Kedzie and Kimball) in North Park for a great Swedish breakfast.

        Tre Kronor
        3258 W Foster Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

        Victory's Banner Restaurant
        2100 W Roscoe St, Chicago, IL 60618

        1. re: ferret

          Also, Orange in Roscoe Village.

        2. re: ferret

          I was actually thinking about the area that's west of Milwaukeem, east of Austin and between Armitage and Roscoe. It's sort of an obscure area, hence the request for recommendations.

          1. re: EvanstonE

            If it's that obscure maybe "NW side" wouldn't be enough of a description? Bongo Room is at the fringes (North and Milwaukee).

            1. re: EvanstonE

              Lula is in the area you describe. As noted, Bongo Room isn't far; neither is Toast or Milk and Honey Cafe.