Seth hid in a post yesterday, a query about breakfast places. It seems a topic that is not fully covered in our vast chowhound database. I'll give a few thoughts on some of my fave's. I (and Seth I suppose) would like to hear others.
Walker Brothers - Is Walker Brother's still the absolute best breakfast establishment in the world. Given that it's been at least a year since I've partaken, I'll waver. I believe we have covered before, the relationship between Walker Brothers and the Original Pancake House. For now, let us treat Walker Brothers as singular. Everything from the OHOP menu, Walker Brothers does a bit better. I do not know a single poor choice at Walker Brothers only inadequate time to sample.
Lou Mitchells - Perhaps El Panzone can come to the rescue. Some people claim that when Lou left, the resturant spirit left. Others claim that when Lou's nephew Nick Noble left, the resturant's spirt's left. In recent years, I've had meals still great and meals extremely average.
Sweet Maple - A down home interloper on Taylor Street. The only thing I can say bad about this place is that it gets awfully crowded and service suffers. Nearly scone like biscuts, greens, nearly yuppiesque salmon cakes and all the normal breakfast options served with talent.
Bongo Room - This Wicker Park place (also recently featured on Check Please) seems to draw out mixed reactions. I guess since we only go during the week, our experience is different than those who go on the massively packed weekends. The pancakes and french toast seem awfully pricey until you realize 1) you can get two meals out of an order and 2) they are wholly different than anyplace else. To me, Bongo Room is the anti-Trotter. They come up with these pancake variations that are absolute perfections of flavor and ingredient combinations.
Six Corners - For Seth, this standard Chicago grill near you, at the six corner intersection of diversy/westrn and elston is a bit better than you'd expect. For instance, they fresh squeeze the OJ. Not the deep resevoirs of butter and cream like Lou Mitchells or Walker Brothers, but plenty good.
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