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Feb 20, 2014 06:54 PM

Breakfast in the North Suburbs

We'll be staying in Northbrook for a wedding in June - Thursday through Sunday. Can anyone recommend some good places fro breakfast? My wife can't eat eggs every day, so we're looking for places that have more than the usual choices.

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  1. Elly's Pancake House on Milwaukee is good, so is Butterfields in Northbrook at Dundee and Sanders. But, my favorite is the Rise 'n Dine on Milwaukee in Wheeling.

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    1. Walker Brothers is a breakfats mainstay in Chicago land area - they have locations in Glenview and Vernon Hills -

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      1. re: weinstein5

        Prairie Grass Cafe, a casual farm-to-table spot from former Ritz chefs Sarah Stegner (a Beard Rising Star) and George Bumbaris, serves brunch on Saturday (10A-2P) and Sunday (9:30A-2P).

        Prairie Grass Cafe
        601 Skokie Blvd
        Northbrook, IL 60062

        1. re: weinstein5

          Walker Brothers is indeed the crown jewel of breakfast restaurants in the northern suburbs. They are best known for their amazing, huge, puffed-up, cinnamony apple pancake. They use the same batter for their also-huge German pancake, but without the apples and cinnamon. All their other menu items, including their other pancakes, omelets, benedicts, and crepes (and even the coffee), carry through the same high level of quality. They have six locations in the northern suburbs; depending on exactly where in Northbrook you'll be, the closest could be the one in Glenview, in Highland Park, in Lincolnshire (not Vernon Hills), or in Arlington Heights.

          There are several other places in the area that specialize in creative breakfast/brunch offerings all week long; other decent ones include Wildberry Pancakes and Café in Libertyville ( ), Kappy's in Morton Grove ( ), and Eggshell Café in Deerfield ( ). But if you want the very best, stick to Walker Brothers.

          If you would enjoy an elaborate (albeit expensive, at $37) all-you-can-eat buffet champagne brunch on Sunday, consider Allgauer's in Northbrook ( ).

          I encourage you to browse the menus on the restaurant websites to help you decide. I, too, enjoy a more creative breakfast/brunch, rather than the more typical eggs and pancakes, so this can show you what additional dishes each offers.

          Beware, it's common to find lengthy waits of 30-60 minutes on Saturdays and Sundays between roughly 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at all of our breakfast-specialty restaurants, and most don't accept reservations. Waits should be shorter or non-existent on weekdays and outside of those hours on weekends.