Best breakfast options near Michigan & Ohio
1) Eggsperience is pretty close to the Peninsula, southeast corner of Dearborn & Ontario. 2) Heaven on Seven, Rush & Ontario, has New Orleans brunch on weekends. 3) Hotel Sheraton, on river just east of Michigan Avenue, has a special deal in the LJ Bistro & Patisserie, pay a flat $22 and get as many visits as you want to their many chef stations---custom omelets, crepes, pancakes, eggs any style, fruit, smoothies, pastries etc. 4) Or take a stroll up Rush to Bellevue (15 minute stroll, nice neighborhood) to Gold Coast breakfast favorite Old Original Pancake House---if you do this on Saturday morning there will be a big farmers' market a block north of there on Division from State to Clark. To see menus of these restaurants (and 3000 others) go to "chicago restaurant menus".
Heaven on Seven
600 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
2000 Tower Dr, Glenview, IL 60026
Gold Coast Cafe
1112 N State St, Chicago, IL 60610
>> 2) Heaven on Seven, Rush & Ontario, has New Orleans brunch on weekends.
Their Wabash location serves breakfast six days a week. For more info: www.heavenonseven.com
>> 3) Hotel Sheraton, on river just east of Michigan Avenue, has a special deal in the LJ Bistro & Patisserie
I included the link in my post above. If you type it in, you'll want to make sure you use the correctly-spelled name - www.lbbistro.com (The LB in the name LB Bistro stands for the world pastry chef Laurent Branlard's initials.)
>> 4) Or take a stroll up Rush to Bellevue (15 minute stroll, nice neighborhood) to Gold Coast breakfast favorite Old Original Pancake House
Good recommendation. They make the huge, puffed-up, cinnamon-y apple pancake.
Beware, many of these breakfast places often have long waits to be seated on weekends, primarily between around 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. If that's a problem, some places serving breakfast/brunch on weekends accept reservations in advance, which should enable you to bypass any long lines.
Ferret's right about Yolk - not at all unusual, but competent. www.yolk-online.com
LB Bistro is in the Sheraton. I know you said no hotels, but this is not your typical hotel restaurant. It is run by a two-time world pastry chef champion. It's not cheap though. www.lbbistro.com
If I were staying there and I wanted to eat close by, I'd walk a few blocks to Fox & Obel, our premier gourmet food store, and either get some of their yummy baked goods for carry-out, or I'd get breakfast prepared to order in the cafe in the rear (I recommend the Cobb omelet). You can view the cafe menu on their website at www.fox-obel.com
If I were staying there but I were willing to travel up to a couple miles away (either by cab or by public transit) for more creative breakfast fare, my first choice would be Bongo Room at Roosevelt and Wabash for some of their creative pancakes, such as the pretzel pancakes with white chocolate caramel sauce. www.thebongoroom.com My second choice would be Jam, in West Town. www.jamrestaurant.com
This discussion will give you a whole bunch more ideas:
River North Breakfast Ideas - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/693985
You totally convinced me to go out of my way. I will to try Jam + Fox-obel. Thanks so much for taking the time to answer.
Lunch: any tips on how to best get a table at the Purple Pig for a saturday lunch since they don't take reservations?
500 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
>> Lunch: any tips on how to best get a table at the Purple Pig for a saturday lunch since they don't take reservations?
I don't have any tips other than to go early; they open at 11:30 a.m. so if you get there when they open, you can almost certainly walk right in. But even if you can't, Saturday lunch is sort of an off time of the week anyway (which is why a lot of restaurants aren't open) so you might not have a problem at all. Worst case I don't think the wait would be all that bad.