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Review Mon Feb 25 2008

Best in the City?

best breakfasts in America," and Chicago is represented by the original Lou Mitchell's on West Jackson.

It’s not because the hostesses ply those waiting for a booth with warm homemade doughnut holes. And it’s definitely not the gratis stewed prunes that appear on the table just after you sit down. No, what elevates this Greek-run West Loop diner above the rest is its authenticity, evident in the faithful execution of founder Uncle Lou’s simple cooking. Long before culinary integrity became a restaurant-industry branding tool, Lou Mitchell’s was baking its own bread and using only double-yolk eggs for its masterfully prepared omelets—which are served right in the skillets in which they were cooked.

I gotta admit, Lou Mitchell's is very good. But the best in Chicago? I suppose that depends on what you're after for breakfast (note that it's not the best brunch in America). Someone really into pancakes might go for Original Pancake House first; others might favor the cinnamon rolls at Ann Sather or the gritty atmosphere of the White Palace Grill. I personally am a big fan of Wishbone's biscuits and gravy (though for my waistline, maybe I shouldn't be.)

So, what's your vote for the best breakfast in Chicago?


Robyn / February 26, 2008 1:07 AM

Such a tough question. Diner food, or upscale "brioche french toast with pear compote" food? I think M. Henry is ass-kickingly good in the upscale category, and as for diner food, I suppose Lou Mitchell's is pretty good. This city just can't be categorized!

amyc / February 26, 2008 8:20 PM

Diner: A&T

Fancy-schmancy: M. Henry, Victory's Banner, Kopi, Orange...jeez, too many to mention

amyc / February 26, 2008 8:36 PM

Diner: A&T

Fancy-schmancy: M. Henry, Victory's Banner, Kopi, Orange...jeez, too many to mention

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