One of the reasons I like chowhound so much is because I'm not rich enough to disregard the price/value equation of Chicago's fanciest restaurants. I loved Ixcapuzalco at $100 for three people last week but felt out of my league and uncomfortable spending three times that amount at Tallgrass for my birthday last year. But this morning I was invited to breakfast at NoMi. What a beautiful and comfortable room! What attentive service! Heck, even the food was good! And, at breakfast (not to be confused with the weekend brunch), certainly within reason. I'm not used to paying $4 for a pot of (real) tea, or $12 for an omelet, but I don't find either price appalling. For some quirky reason I felt like eating the bircher muesli ($7), which included almonds, diced dried apricots, and fresh raspberries. My host had sausage (which they split in half and cooked crisp at his request), eggs, and the multigrain toast (four hearty slices in a basket with a linen napkin)($11). There are many more adventurous things on the menu, including the Japanese breakfast with grilled fish, simmered vegetables,rice,egg,tofu, pickled vegetables, fruit, tea, juice and miso soup. Seems like a lot of food for $24. An eggwhite omelet with spinach and buffalo mozzerella also calls out to me at $12. In a clear grab for all the girls heading to the American Girl shop across the street, they also have "Grandmother Jeanette's breakfast"--hot chocolate, bagette, fruit tart "Claufatis", brioche, and apple compote. $14.
If I had a friend in town for a conference, I'd meet them for breakfast there.
So here's my question. What other top flight Chicago restaurants do an affordable breakfast?